PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brent Celek had already turned a short pass into a long gain when he decided to imitate an Olympic-style hurdler and avoid the hard-hitting Ed Reed.
Celek, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end, jumped completely over Reed, the Ravens' star safety, and racked up a few more yards to complete a 24-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter of Philadelphia's 24-23 comeback win against Baltimore last Sunday.
What made Celek's leap even more impressive is the fact Reed stayed high instead of going low to make the tackle. Yet, Celek made Reed miss entirely.
"That is some tremendous elevation by Brent Celek," color analyst Dan Dierdorf said on the game broadcast on CBS. "I guarantee you Ed Reed is amazed he came up with nothing but air."
The replay of Celek's hurdle became an instant hit on all the highlight reels. But the low-key Celek remains unfazed.
"I don't watch SportsCenter or anything so I haven't seen it," Celek said. "It was all right."