The wide receiver’s incredible, game-winning catch in the Vikings’ divisional playoff victory over the Saints last month will go down as one of the best moments not just in franchise history, but in NFL playoff history.
Judging by the standing ovation Diggs received a few days ago at a Timberwolves game, Minnesotans won’t stop loving him anytime soon.
Diggs spoke to Sporting News last week during a promotional event for Delta Air Lines, the official airline of the Vikings and U.S. Bank Stadium. He touched on a number of topics, namely that catch, after which, he says, his phone blew up with “over 400 text messages.”
On his first instinct when he made the catch: “My initial thought was to get out of bounds, that’s why I turned and tried to get my arms and stay up. I was trying to do the smart thing.
“I’m not in the front office or anything like that. So I don’t concern myself with that.”
On his personal favorite clutch playoff moment: “I don’t know, I think the ball against the helmet is one of the biggest ones. Santonio Holmes had a great catch with the toe-touch in the back of the end zone, if I’m not mistaken. I like that play a lot.”
The deal, which was first reported by NBC Sports Bay Area, is the biggest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis at $27.5 million per year.
Garoppolo, 26, was acquired in October from the Patriots for a 2018 second-round pick. He was in the final year of his rookie deal and set to become a free agent this spring, but now San Francisco’s hope of making him the team’s next franchise quarterback has become a reality.
He completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 1,560 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions in six games last season. The 49ers finished last in the NFC West with a 6-10 record but went 5-0 in Garroppolo’s starts.
“It’s very impressive what they’ve done, continue to accomplish,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Omnisport. “They get guys to buy into what they’re doing, get them to fall in line, and they win. That’s what they do. It’s impressive to watch because you know how difficult it is to get there.”