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The Piesman Trophy presents: A heaping helping of the greatest big-man touchdowns ever

Enormous athletes with the football in your hands, we salute you.

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Everybody loves big men making plays with the football. Sometimes the most beautiful thing in the world to see is a 250-plus-pound dude getting past the goal line.

Hell, we’ve even got a trophy dedicated to this very art form — the Piesman Trophy, awarded annually by SB Nation to the college lineman who performs the greatest non-lineman play of the year.

So let’s take a look back at some of the greatest Piesman moments, including plenty from years before we started handing out the trophy.

First, here are the three winners of the Piesman so far.

The 2015 winner was Southeastern Louisiana’s Ashton Henderson, on the strength of this nimble scoop-and-score.

2016’s was Pitt’s Brian O’Neill, who caught a lateral that functioned as a surprise screen.

And then he did it again the following season!

More from him later.

And Heidelberg’s Brock Riggs was the 2017 winner for this hook-and-lateral touchdown, including the 290-pound offensive lineman flipping into the end zone:

Now, here are some big, beefy touchdowns catches.

Look at this beautiful hook-and-lateral to Fresno State offensive lineman Austin Wentworth:

Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, in the 2015 Sugar Bowl:

Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne had this beauty in 2017’s Playoff semifinal:

Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Donald Penn has caught a whopping four touchdown passes in his NFL career!

Colts OL Anthony Castonzo’s touchdown, complete with a glorious celebration dance:


Baylor’s 410-pound Laquon McGowan scored a touchdown against Kansas ...

... and did this in the 2014 Cotton Bowl, too!


Oh hi, Michael Deiter!

Trick plays? More like thick plays!

Western Kentucky offensive tackle Forrest Lamp had this nifty touchdown that unfortunately came in a bowl game after the Piesman Trophy was awarded.

Seahawks offensive tackle Garry Gilliam scored on this sneaky fake field goal:

The famous “fumblerooski,” from Nebraska offensive lineman Dean Steinkuhler in 1983’s national title game:

Big man fake punt by Kent State defensive lineman Nate Terhune, number 69 (nice). Note: his incredible hurdle!

Mercer threw a backward pass to 6’2, 287-pound freshman Thomas Marchman, who scored a TD and then celebrated with BOWLING AND A CARTWHEEL:

Big man passes are the rarest gems, so cherish these, folks!

Here’s 2016 Piesman finalist Kolton Koch of Monmouth airing out a deep ball:

Of course Dontari Poe is also the biggest person to ever throw an NFL TD:

Please observe the majesty that is 6’5, 350-pound Arkansas offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola under center:


Feed the large dudes (with rushing carries).

William Perry in Super Bowl XX, the O.G. of Piesman touchdowns:

Troy offensive lineman Junior Louissaint looked like a dang running back with this 63-yard touchdown:

Piesman winner O’Neill again, on a reverse!

And Poe is also the largest man in NFL history to score a rushing touchdown:

Hefty athletes stampeding down the field on INT returns!

St. Francis’ Louie Gartner was a 2017 Piesman finalist:

And Wyoming’s Carl Granderson turned this super athletic INT return into a 2017 Piesman finalist nod:

UAB’s 340-pound defensive tackle Anthony Rush scored a 30-yard touchdown on this interception return:

Green Bay’s 6’6, 296-pound defensive end Dean Lowry pick-sixed Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston:

Alabama’s Jonathan Allen taking the pigskin to the house is a thing of beauty:

Remember Da’Ron Payne’s touchdown catch? Before that play against Clemson, he did this!

A pinball interception paired with a fat guy touchdowns? Thank you, Chargers defensive end Sean Lissemore:


Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh picked off Colorado QB Cody Hawkins and proceeded to run him over on this TD:

Never forget what Vince Wilfork did to Phillip Rivers:

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Keith Traylor showed off his hands with this 67-yard interception return:

Big dudes scooping and maybe scoring

Oklahoma State’s Vincent Taylor was a Piesman finalist in 2016 for this block/scoop/runback/pitch combo:

This blocked FG was returned for a touchdown by one of our favorite stars from Netflix’s Last Chance U, Ronald Ollie!

Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr. wasted no time taking this 37 yards to the house:


Look at Penn State’s Austin Johnson go!

Look at this scoop-and-score!

And last but certainly not least in our hearts, look at Patriots right guard Dan Connolly return this kickoff like it’s nothing:

Thank you for your service on the gridiron, big men. We are eternally grateful.

Remember: If you see anything Piesman-worthy happening on a college field, tweet at @PiesmanTrophy about it.