As Browns Return to Minnesota, Former Viking Star Ahmad Rashad Tells “Miracle at the Met”
On December 14, 1980, at the Metropolitan Stadium, the Vikings defeated the Browns 28-23 when the wide receiver caught a 46-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Tommy Kramer in the final game. Rashad became a successful broadcaster after retiring from the NFL after the 1982 season, and he still hears about the “Miracle at the Met”.
“I probably had around a million people telling me they were at this game,” Rashad said with a laugh in a phone interview Thursday. “It was one of the highlights of my footballing career that I will never forget, and I share it with all Minnesota fans.”
Sunday will only be the Browns’ sixth appearance at Minnesota since that 1980 game, their last 31-27 victory at the Metrodome in 2013. Rashad, therefore, wouldn’t be surprised if there was a highlight of that capture aired during the Sunday CBS show. from US Bank Stadium.
In fact, there could be two highlights as the play before Rashad’s reception was quite dramatic as well.
Trailing 23-22, the Vikings took over on their own 20-yard line with 14 seconds left. In the first play of the drive, Kramer threw a pass over the midfielder to tight end Joe Senser, who moved away from running back Ted Brown in the Vikings’ 27, and he ran down the left sideline and out of bounds at Cleveland 46 with five seconds remaining.
“I had been injured and didn’t practice all week when they set up that hook and side play,” Rashad said. “So I didn’t even know what this room was when Tommy called it up. I thought it was a Hail Mary, and I went down the pitch as far as you could throw it, and I was running full speed and I heard everyone clapping and I thought ( Kramer) threw the ball and I’m trying to find the ball. Then I see Ted Brown go out of bounds on the other side.
With time for just another room, Kramer called Squadron Right. Her pass was thrown into the air by Browns safety Thom Darden and then Rashad brought it back before falling to the right side of the end zone for the win that ended NFC Central in the forward -last game of the season.
“We had an opportunity to win and I expected to take advantage of it,” said Rashad. “When I was running on the field, I knew I was going to get this ball wherever it was. It was a wonderful time, and I always hear about it from Vikings fans.
After finishing his career two years later, Rashad joined NBC. He became a household name in the 1990s when he befriended Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and was in attendance as a broadcaster for the Bulls’ remarkable series of six NBA Championships.
For years, Rashad lived down the street from Jordan in Jupiter, Florida, and they regularly watch Viking games together on television. The two passionate golfers also regularly attend the Ryder Cup together, including the resounding US 19-9 victory over Europe last weekend in Kohler, Wis.
“It was great to see the Americans win because we’ve been in so many Ryder Cups where they haven’t won,” he said. “But this time, they’ve got it all in place.”
During the NBC show, Rashad was shown alongside Jordan several times. And later this fall, Rashad will have more airtime on the Game Show Network.
Rashad will host “Tug of War”, a show that will begin on November 4th. He called it “a lot of fun and laughs” after spending nearly a month in Los Angeles recently recording 70 episodes, which is the entire season.