Catchy title, I know. Bill Barnwell sent out a pair of tweets on Cleveland Cavs player Dahntay Jones, who played in just one game this season but logged 42 minutes. Barnwell used the Basketball-Reference Play Index to note that it was the most time any player had seen in a single game, among the group of players who played in exactly one game in a season.
So, naturally, I started wondering about one-game superstars in the NFL. Courtesy of PFR, the table below shows all players with at least 60 yards from scrimmage in a season in which they played in just one game:
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Not a lot of surprises on the list: it’s mostly good players who were injured in their season openers or encountered off-the-field situations after that game.
- Ed McCaffrey broke his leg in gruesome fashion on Monday Night Football the day before the September 11th attacks.
- Peterson was limited to just one game in 2014 after — well, you probably remember what happened.
- Against the Rams in 2000, Olandis Gary tore his ACL in the third quarter but kept on playing; his injury opened the door for Mike Anderson, who wound up having a magical season of his own.
- Muncie was suspended for the rest of the 1984 season after game 1 due to testing positive for cocaine.
- Wilson was limited to just one game that year as well, due to a combination of a shoulder injury and drugs/suspension.
Anything memorable stand out to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.