The greatest run ever witnessed on a grass field was performed by a beast. When he needed to dive deep within himself and harness the bestial fury within him, that’s exactly what Marshawn Lynch did.
If you’re even a casual fan of professional football, you recognize the run to which I’m referring. That would be former Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake” run in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game against the New Orleans Saints. To quote the Indianapolis Colts linebacker, “That’s the greatest run I’ve ever seen.”
The clip above includes an interview from Lynch describing his memorable run. But that’s not the greatest run ever documented by a beast. That would instead be this clip from Planet Earth II, featuring an iguana escaping a valley of snakes. Because the internet is wonderful, a Reddit user synced the audio from Lynch’s interview with the Planet Earth II footage.
It’s stunning, it’s glorious, and most of all, it’s hilarious.
Watch as the iguana, running his favorite “Power” handoff, slips off tacklers from the would-be tacklers. Just when they think they’ve wrapped him, the iguana stays on his feet, churning those legs, until he pokes through. “Uh-oh, might be trouble,” the iguana’s thinking. But he stays up, as Tracy Porter—a real snake if you ask me—tries to bring him down. The iguana delivers a devastating stiff arm to Porter, causing him to collapse, ending his career (or something along those lines).
Without really knowing how he got there, the iguana found the end zone. Which in this case is not being eaten alive by snakes. Congratulations, iguana, on the best run and stiff arms the animal kingdom has ever seen.
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