Ex-Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich recalls Leon Lett botch: ‘I didn’t know what was going on’

Leon Lett’s botched blocked area purpose return is likely one of the most unforgettable, and unlucky, performs in NFL Thanksgiving historical past.

Lett, who was a member of the Dallas Cowboys on the time, tried to get better the ball after his teammate Jimmie Jones blocked a filed purpose try by the Miami Dolphins’ Pete Stoyanovich in a Thanksgiving sport within the snow in 1993. 

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The Miami Dolphins celebrate after kicker Pete Stoyanovich's game-winning, 19-yard kick against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14.

The Miami Dolphins rejoice after kicker Pete Stoyanovich’s game-winning, 19-yard kick in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14.
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He slipped and went ahead and the ball was recovered by the Dolphins ultimately zone. Miami obtained the ball on the 1-yard line with three seconds left because of the league’s muffed kick guidelines, and Stoyanovich was capable of kick the game-winning area purpose.

Stoyanovich recalled the sport in a latest interview with CBS Sports Radio’s “The DA Show.”

“It’s funny you say that, because we knew there was going to be some weather in the area,” Stoyanovich stated. “When we landed in Dallas the night before, we made our way to the hotel and it hadn’t started snowing yet, I don’t believe. About 6 or 7 o’clock the snow started coming down, and it just never stopped. It snowed all night, into the morning the next day, on Thanksgiving. We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. … The field was covered with tarp. The game was going to kick off at noon. We weren’t sure if once they removed the tarp, if the snow would stop. Once we arrived to the stadium, it kept snowing. Even after they removed the tarp, the field looked great at that point. Within minutes the field was covered again in snow. The footing was awful. It was slippery. Nobody in Dallas was prepared for that. It was very tough playing conditions, to say the least.”

Quarterback Doug Pederson (14) of the Miami Dolphins celebrates kicker Pete Stoyanovich's game-winning 19-yard kick against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14. 

Quarterback Doug Pederson (14) of the Miami Dolphins celebrates kicker Pete Stoyanovich’s game-winning 19-yard kick in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on Nov. 25, 1993, in Irving, Texas. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 16-14. 
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“The conditions were not good, the field was slippery. And luckily, we got another shot at it. After it was blocked, at that point in time, I really didn’t know what was going on. All I knew was, the kick was blocked and the ball was trickling down near the goal line. And at that point, I was just assuming the game was going to end the way it was going to end, with a blocked field goal. … It was a melee, to be honest with you. I didn’t know what was going on. … We were scraping snow and ice off the mark to line up for my field goal attempt, and nobody really knew what the heck was really going on. … As it turned out, we got the ball at the one-yard line. I think there were two seconds left, and I got another shot at it and converted this time. It was a fantastic finish. It was a great ending and a way to start the Thanksgiving weekend.”

Miami Dolphins running back Terry Kirby (43) loses the ball while being brought down by the Dallas Cowboys' Brock Marion (31), Leon Lett (78) and Bill Bates (40) during first quarter action Nov. 25, 1993 in Texas. The Cowboys recovered the ball.

Miami Dolphins operating again Terry Kirby (43) loses the ball whereas being introduced down by the Dallas Cowboys’ Brock Marion (31), Leon Lett (78) and Bill Bates (40) throughout first quarter motion Nov. 25, 1993 in Texas. The Cowboys recovered the ball.
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Lett and the Cowboys would get the final snigger ultimately.

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The crew would go on to win the Super Bowl over the Buffalo Bills later that season.



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