The Minneapolis Miracle is unforgettable in the hearts and minds of Vikings fans.
It also will forever be tied to an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Yearly) Award from ESPN.
The 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs to lift the Vikings past the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game was presented an ESPY for “best moment” on Wednesday night at the annual ESPY Awards.
Diggs, who is preparing for his fourth pro season, and Keenum, who joined the Broncos in free agency, reconnected on the stage of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the award.
As cool as he the receiver and quarterback were on a play that began with 10 seconds remaining, Diggs admitted his heart was “beating out of my chest right now.”
“First and foremost, I want to thank God. Without Him, none of this would be possible,” Diggs said. “Next, I want to thank my teammates. I appreciate Case for giving me an opportunity like that to catch a pass like that. Great pass, by the way.
“I want to thank my support system, everybody that helped me out along this way and all of the fans, everybody who voted,” Diggs continued. “It really means a lot. I don’t take it for granted.”
Diggs, who crossed the goal line as time expired, closed by saying, “If I could leave you with anything, I would say, ‘Don’t stop playing until the clock hits zero.’ It’s crazy, it’s cliché, but anything can happen. Thank you.”
Keenum did not speak while on stage.
ESPN named the play “The Minnesota Miracle” in its listing of all moments in the “best moment” category.
The Vikings triumph was selected over: Notre Dame winning the NCAA Women’s Final Four on buzzer beaters in the semifinal round and championship; the Las Vegas Golden Knights defeating the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Final; and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1 seed (Virginia) in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
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