Mike Bercovici might be a part of the AAF’s most memorable play ever
Apr 2, 2019, 11:58 AM | Updated: 12:04 pm
Mike Bercovici’s football career has spanned the spectrum.
He threw the infamous Jail Mary at Arizona State. Was it the most memorable play in ASU history? In recent memory, for sure.
He lived in obscurity grinding at his football career after he left ASU. Bercovici’s pro career started with the San Diego Chargers in 2016-17 before a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.
Bercovici then signed with the Arizona Hotshots in the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football. But before playing a game, he was shipped to the San Diego Fleet, who selected him in the AAF’s quarterback draft.
It took just four minutes and 10 seconds into Bercovici’s season — and into the league’s first week of existance — for him to become famous for all the wrong reasons. A blind, helmet-to-helmet hit on the quarterback went viral during the Week 1 spike in attention for the new football league.
Less than two months later, the AAF ceased football operations amid turmoil atop its leadership totem pole.
A bad hit on Bercovici just might be the most memorable play of the league’s brief existence if the AAF doesn’t start up operations again.
Need proof? The official AAF YouTube account filtered by most views has Bercovici’s hit above all other single-play highlights.
Seriously, can you think of another highlight from the AAF that’s not Johnny Manziel eating B-Dubs after getting knocked out of a game?
The year is 2019 and Johnny Manziel is eating Buffalo Wild Wings on his AAF sideline after exiting with an injury. pic.twitter.com/oyNHJPoWyf
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 30, 2019
The Haboob Blog can’t, either.
Bercovici taking a licking was on the minds of many when reports of the AAF’s potential demise reached the web on Tuesday. There were also many more jokes teed up.
Goodnight, sweet prince.
We'll never forget the greatest play in AAF history.pic.twitter.com/TnDddxrnC5
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) April 2, 2019
Tom Dundon looking over the AAF financials: pic.twitter.com/hzYPA1PDTB
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) April 2, 2019
Vince McMahon hearing the news of the AAF. pic.twitter.com/hHLL4zhmLQ
— Kevin W. Farmer, MD (@kevinfarmermd) April 2, 2019
Taylor Swift relationships last longer than the AAF
— Chris English (@ChrisEnglish33) April 2, 2019
If the AAF folds today, it would have lasted 52 days from its first game to end, 20 days shorter than Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries. pic.twitter.com/lYKtvc8qd2
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019
I am waiting for the discounted AAF apparel. Can we get an alert system going for the fire sale?
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) April 2, 2019
Silver lining: Steve Spurrier finishes as the AAF's all-time winningest coach. (7).
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 2, 2019
Now that the AAF is dead, it’s XFL time. pic.twitter.com/0cQd4Kv2Px
— Nick Burt (@nickburt13) April 2, 2019
You knew the AAF was doomed to fail when their jersey provider was Starter.
— Zach (@sackolantern) April 2, 2019
LaVar Ball watching the AAF fold midseason while making plans for Year 2 of the JBA pic.twitter.com/5XqcYlvCVn
— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 2, 2019