Football is the epitome of a team sport. Generally, any successful play must involve multiple teammates doing their jobs at a high level — examples of a single player putting the team on his back are few and far between (s/o Greg Jennings).
We often have an endless supply of “What if?” questions after inevitably experiencing some bad luck throughout the season. Football simply has too many possibilities on any given play to function as anything other than a roller coaster of emotions for invested fans of all shapes and sizes.
Bad luck is a bit of a subjective term, but the following studies should do a good job of highlighting some of the league’s more unlucky players from the 2019 season:
- Nullified TDs: Scores that were taken off the board due to a penalty.
- Uncatchable targets: Passes that even prime Randy Moss wouldn’t have been able to corral.
- Drops and such: QBs that had to deal with a high number of negative external factors from their pass catchers.
- Bad run blocking: Offenses that struggled to provide any sort of push at the line of scrimmage before the RB had to deal with contact.
- Bad pass blocking: Passing games that were consistently under duress and pressure that mostly wasn’t the QB’s fault.
- Lack of TDs: Bunches of touches that inexplicably didn’t produce many trips to the end zone.
- Injuries: Players who missed time due to various ailments.
Without further ado: the most-unlucky NFL players from the 2019 season.
I tracked every nullified TD throughout the season by going through ESPN’s play-by-play sequences for all 256 regular season games. Truly exhilarating work.
Only nine players were victims of having multiple scores nullified by a penalty in 2019: