We’ve never seen a cheetah do a somersault.
That all changed on Sunday afternoon when human “Cheetah” Tyreek Hill pulled off a stunning backflip to celebrate a kick-off for the TD reception as part of his exemplary Week 9 outing.
There were many reasons for Hill and Dolphins to jump for joy. First, they accomplished what they set out to do, stopping Justin Fields and the Bears 35-32 for their sixth win of the season. Hill was an integral part of their effort, recording seven catches for 143 yards (20.4 YPR) and one score.
Additionally, his 1,104 yards is his highest for the season ever for a player in the first nine games of a season.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Hill, who is receiving total yardage through Week 9, currently has him placed for more than eight teams in the category. Hill’s great performance on Sunday was familiar to Fins fans, who watched him rush for more than 100 yards for the fifth time this season, already the most for a Dolphins wideout in franchise history.
And if he keeps up that pace (he has an overall 2,085 yards pace), he will break Calvin Johnson’s record for most yards in a season (1,964) and become the first player to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.
According to Skip Bayless, Hill is already an undeniable Hall of Famer after Sunday.
“Someone should adapt it for the gold jacket,” Bayless told Undisputed on Monday. “… [He’s] unsurpassed. It’s the deadliest acceleration I’ve ever seen. … I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like it before.”
“The backflip – people shouldn’t be able to do that the. … Here is his most phenomenal achievement: He actually transforms Tua [Tagovailoa] to a very good quarterback. Tua isn’t a very good quarterback, and he’s now leading the league in QBR in large part because of him. Even a couple of balls yesterday, they’re thrown miserably to the ground and it’s so wide open that it just stops, catches it and goes.”
Shannon Sharpe must meet one more condition before he can consider Hill a member of the Hall of Fame.
“If you look at his pace, there are very few players on the attacking side of football who can influence a game like Tyreek Hill, regardless of position,” Sharpe said.
“…He’s a threat every time he touches the ball. … 2,000 yards in one season? I don’t care if it’s 17 games. … Any DB that says they don’t fear this man, they’re lying because in the blink of an eye they know he can walk past you. He’s going 2,000 yards, you gotta start talking about this man getting a gold jacket. … Being the first guy to go for 2,000 yards in a season? He is special.
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