VIDEO: Remembering When Lance Briggs Wrecked Calvin Johnson With This Booming Hit

By michael obermuller
Video of Lance Briggs laying out Calvin Johnson on this hit over the middle.
Video of Lance Briggs laying out Calvin Johnson on this hit over the middle. / YouTube: brandon sheperd

As a football player, you're taught never to let up your intensity. If you do, you could get yourself hurt. Or maybe Lance Briggs just enjoyed hitting dudes.

The Chicago Bears were up 37-6 on their division rival Detroit Lions, yet Briggs did not relinquish a chance at putting all his force into a hit on Calvin Johnson. This is Megatron we're talking about, one of the strongest wide receivers to play the game, but the seven-time Pro Bowler Briggs is no slouch either.

The penalty flag is worth it as the linebacker declares his dominance not only in this game, but in future matchups between the two. Part of the blame here should fall on quarterback Matt Stafford as well, as he left Johnson out to dry on this slant.

Whoever was at fault, Johnson wouldn't soon forget what happens when you go over the middle on Lance Briggs and the Bears defense, and that's what made this type of football great. It was psychological as much as it was physical. Briggs knew that, and that's why he delivered this hit.

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