Broncos running backs played ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to decide touchdown run

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Denver Broncos running backs Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball wanted to score against the Oakland Raiders this past Monday. Those sort of problems will arise when a team has three talented players at the same position. Guys are willing to put their egos aside for the team, but they still have pride and want to contribute.

When Denver faced first-and-goal on Oakland’s 1-yard line in the fourth quarter of a blowout game, Hillman, Moreno and Ball figured out who should score the good old fashioned way.

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Seniority? No way.

Who had the hot hand? Too obvious.

Let the coaches decide? Not a chance.

Instead, the debate was settled by a game of "rock, paper, scissors."


As a result, the victorious Hillman entered the game and scored on a 1-yard run, which gave his team a 37-14 advantage. Denver eventually won, 37-21.

Here is USA Today Sports reporter Lindsay H. Jones’ description of the game within a game:

“As the officials deliberated if Hillman had crossed the goal line after a 13-yard gain, Hillman, Moreno and Ball decided to play rock-paper-scissors for which running back would get the goal line carry if the score was overturned. Hillman said Moreno threw down a rock one beat too early and was disqualified, and Hillman's scissors trumped Ball's paper.”

No love for a quick game of 'odds and evens'?

"We were just messing around on the sideline," Hillman told the team’s website. “Just something to do. Have fun … Luckily I won, so it all worked out."

Hillman did win, but how about best out of three next time?

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