During his 9-year NFL career as a wide receiver with Cleveland, Dallas, Atlanta and Kansas City, JJ Birden was on the receiving end of some pretty big catches. None were bigger than this touchdown during the 1994 AFC Wild Card game between the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Trailing 7-0 with under two minutes left to play in the first quarter, Birden lined-up against Pittsburgh's future Hall of Famer, Rod Woodson. With the ball on the 23-yard line, back-up quarter back Dave Krieg (who was filling in for an injured Joe Montana) took the snap and gave a quick pump fake as Birden used a classic Sluggo (slant and go) move to lose Woodson for an amazing all-out diving catch in the right corner of the end zone for the TD. Kansas City went on to win the playoff game in overtime, 27-24, behind Montana's legendary return at QB in front of 74,515 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
JJ Birden ended the day with 72 yards on 6 catches in the memorable win and thanks to #88's 23-yard route and diving end zone catch it was "Touchdown, Kansas City!". Since Retiring in 1996 with 244 receptions, 3,441 yards and 17 touchdowns during his career, JJ Birden has gone on to become a bestselling author (When Opportunity Knocks - 8 Surefire Ways To Take Advantage!), businessman, speaker and "oppportunity trainer".
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