We have never seen a cheetah do a somersault.
On Sunday afternoon, that changed when human “Cheetah” Tyreek Hill busted out an impressive backflip to celebrate a touchdown reception as part of his exemplary Week 9 outing.
There were many reasons to jump for joy for Hill and Dolphins. First, they accomplished what they set out to do, holding off Justin Fields and the Bears 35-32 for their sixth win of the season. Hill recorded seven catches for 143 yards (20.4 yards per reception) and one score.
Also, his 1,104 yards are the most receiving always for a player in the first nine games of a season.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Hill’s receiving yardage total through Week 9 puts him ahead of eight teams in the category. Hill’s big performance Sunday was familiar to Fins fans, who watched him rack up 100-plus yards receiving for the fifth time this season, the most by a Dolphin in franchise history.
And if he keeps up that pace (he’s on pace for 2,085 total yards), he’ll break Calvin Johnson’s record for most receiving yards in a season (1,964) and become the first player to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.
According to Skip Bayless, after Sunday, Hill is already an undisputed Hall of Famer.
“Someone should fit the gold jacket for him,” Bayless said Monday on “Undisputed.” “… [He’s] insuperable. It’s the deadliest acceleration I’ve ever seen. … I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like it.”
“The backflip – humans shouldn’t be able to do it this. … This is his most phenomenal achievement: he is actually turning Tua [Tagovailoa] in a very good quarterback. Tua is not a very good quarterback, and now he leads the league in QBR in large part because of him. Even a couple of balls yesterday, they’re woefully sunk, and he’s so wide open that he just stops, picks it up and walks away.”
Shannon Sharpe needs one more condition to be met before Hill can be considered a Hall of Famer.
“When you look at his speed, there have been very few players on the offensive side of the football who can impact a game, regardless of position, like Tyreek Hill can,” Sharpe said.
“… He’s a threat every time he touches the ball… 2,000 yards in a season? I don’t care if it’s 17 games… Any DB who says they’re not afraid of this man is lying, because you know in the blink of an eye he can run for you. He gets 2,000 yards, you gotta start talking about this guy getting a gold jacket.. To be the first guy to get over 2,000 yards in a season? That’s special “.
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