No matter what Utah Utes return man Kaelin Clay does in life, he will always be remembered for his premature touchdown celebration against the Oregon Ducks.
Everybody and their dog knows what happened next. After a mad dash and scramble to corral the football that Clay fumbled inexplicably at the 1-yard line, an Oregon player scooped it up and ran 100 yards the other way for a touchdown.
All Clay got for his trouble was a viral video of the event itself, and he was immortalized by Taiwanese animators–the same folks who anointed Brett Favre’s manhood during the Jenn Sterger Brett Favre scandal. Clay’s boneheaded play was, and will always be, one of those “Where Are They Now?” moments steeped in infamy.
Even now, as Clay was honored for other exploits on the field, such as when he was named to the All-Pac-12 first team on Tues. Dec. 2 by the conference’s coaches, there were still whispers about his boneheaded play on social media.
Nevertheless, the self-proclaimed @CALiboy4 was genuinely touched by the honor bestowed upon him by the Pac-12 and told the world how grateful he was on his Twitter page on Tuesday.
“Wow…beyond speechless…very very very appreciative to be selected as a 1st Team Pac-12 All American #Utes,” Clay said. Most were congratulating the Utes star, but one or two idiots mucked up the party with their responses.
One moron with the Twitter handle of @callmefresh1 decided to troll for a while, tweeting, “They must not have seen the Oregon play.” Another jerk with the handle of @SteveShaw18–no relation, thankfully–replied, “Pac 12 All-American? Didn’t know the PAC determined All-Americans.”
In a way, the Oregon blunder was a play from which Clay may never escape. It’s a shame that things had to happen this way, because had Clay’s TD stood, the Utes would have led 14-0 and there is no telling whether the Utes would have lost to Oregon that evening. Instead of talking about what could have been. we might be sitting here talking about Utah going to the College Football Playoff.
The Utes may have never lost to Arizona following that blowout loss to Oregon, you know. And sure, Utah could be undefeated–but even before Clay’s play it did lose to Washington State and Arizona State and so talk about the Oregon game changing Utah’s fortunes is just, well, talk.
Instead, some fools are still sitting here talking about the play that could have led to a season that never was, and that may never be again for Utah. All of that talk, frankly, is moronic. Sure, Clay may have been a bit premature in saying the Pac-12 selected All-Americans in his tweet, but maybe he can predict the future. It’s still entirely possible, thank you very much, for him to be named an All-American by multiple publications.
In fact, it’s highly likely that Clay will be named an All-American by some–if not all–because he leads the nation in combined punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns. The nice thing for Clay is that he had a great season regardless of what his haters think. He made a game-winning TD catch against Stanford and he led his team in receiving yards with 460.
And so basically, Clay has the right to tell all of his haters across the country judging him on one boneheaded play–when they don’t know the real Clay–to shut up and drink up on that Haterade. Clay has earned all of the accolades he’s received–besides one stupid play he had against Oregon.