George Teague’s Strip Shocks Miami in ’93


To this day, Miami (FL) WR Lamar Thomas still probably has no idea where George Teague came from.

It was the 1993 Sugar Bowl, and the favored Hurricanes were losing to Alabama, 27–6, with nine minutes to go in the third quarter. Thomas caught a beautifully thrown ball from QB Gino Torretta and was streaking down the sideline for a long touchdown.

Or so he thought. Teague not only caught up with Thomas, he also wrested the ball away from him and reversed field.

An offside penalty negated the turnover, but any momentum Miami could have grabbed disappeared with “The Strip.” It was the hallmark of a tour de force performance by Teague, who had returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the quarter. Alabama went on to beat Miami and win the national title, 34-13.

Teague spent nine seasons in the NFL (1993–2001) and is currently the athletic director and head football coach at the Shelton School in Dallas. He’ll be watching to see if a current Alabama defender can come up with a similarly iconic play in Monday night’s national championship game. George Teague profile

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