It was the opening regular season game of the 1995 NFL season. The Detroit Lions were matched up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Late in the first quarter, on a 3rd & 7 play, Scott Mitchell would drop back and check the ball down to Barry Sanders.
Sanders proceeded to run to outside where now Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson was there waiting to make the tackle… Or, so he thought.
Normally the phrase “break your ankles” doesn’t literally mean to break one’s ankles. But Barry was so smooth and shifty, even Hall of Fame defenders stood no chance.
Woodson was actually sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. He returned to play in Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys.