Ron Rivera Reveals Hilarious Inspiration Behind Amazing Washington Trick Play

Jason Schandl
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera revealed hilarious inspiration from "Little Giants" for his trick play on Thanksgiving.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera revealed hilarious inspiration from "Little Giants" for his trick play on Thanksgiving. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images
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The Washington Football team put together an outstanding game on Thanksgiving to defeat the Dallas Cowboys and take over first place in the NFC East.

Head coach Ron Rivera pulled out all the stops for this divisional clash, and that included running an old-school fumblerooski for a first down in the red zone. Rivera revealed some hilarious inspiration for the play following the game.

For the uninitiated, Little Giants is a 1994 football comedy movie starring Rick Moranis. The hilarious peewee football tale clearly still stands the test of time, as Rivera's kids can attest to.

In the movie, the heroes run a play they call "The Annexation of Puerto Rico" to win the final game.

Washington's version didn't quite match that drama, but it was a pretty outstanding play anyway.

Of course, this is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek response from Rivera. The fumblerooski is a classic old-school misdirection play, and Rivera even has a history of running it at the NFL level, famously running one with Cam Newton in his rookie year with the Carolina Panthers.

Wherever the inspiration came from, Washington fans have to love seeing Rivera getting so creative in a must-win game.


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