One Play Cements Rod Dunn’s Name in Texas High School Football History [VIDEO]
Rod Dunn never had a career like Earl Campbell, Adrian Peterson, Thomas Everett or Rodney Thomas. A great player? Absolutely. But, a legend? It never would have happened if not for Nov. 26, 1994.
As much as we all remember the play, we remember the announcing.
We remember the raucous excitement from Eddy Clinton, Denny Garver and Mike Zoffuto in the Texas Stadium press box as Plano East fought back from a 41-17 deficit to take a 44-41 lead on "Cujo" in the fourth quarter.
"I done wet my britches!," one says after PESH takes the lead -- this after recovering three straight onside kicks and following with touchdowns, the last of which with 26 seconds remaining.
You look back on the biased commentary and you almost can't blame them for the excitement. I mean, 27 points in less than three minutes? That's the stuff of legends.
With 26 seconds left, John Tyler safety Rod Dunn takes the kickoff at his own 3-yard line, goes up the left side of the field and then you hear it.
"OHHH! THERE'S A CREASE!"
No. 22 finishes the job, cruising through the end zone with 11 seconds left and disappearing into the Texas Stadium tunnel, the same one the Dallas Cowboys came out of for the previous 20 years.
Ballgame. And Rod Dunn's legacy was immediately set in stone. The executioner of the greatest game in not just Texas high school football history, but arguably in all sports, was to forever be remembered for those few seconds.
Had he not returned the kickoff, Dunn would not only be the subject of things like this, but he would have been one of the goats in an incredibly embarrassing comeback loss. He muffed two of the onside kicks just before, both of which led to Plano East touchdowns.
But, Dunn and the Lions would go on to beat powerhouse Austin Westlake in the Class 5A Division II title game -- it was destiny at this point, given what happened just weeks before.
John Tyler-Plano East is one of the most remembered amateur sporting events of all-time. It won an ESPY award for Showstopper of the Year in 1995. The final few minutes are documented in a YouTube video (which you can watch below) that has been watched almost 1.7 million times.
All thanks to No. 22.