What They Were Thinking: Giving the hurdle a try

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Up today: Patriots tight end Matt Mulligan tumbles as he tries to hurdle Browns cornerback Joe Haden after catching a Tom Brady pass, Dec. 8, 2013.

Mulligan: “It’s a crazy picture. I was just leaking out after pass protection. After I caught the ball I said [to myself], there’s nobody close, nobody within 20 yards of me, so I decided to take off down the sideline. In the whole game and in my film study beforehand, what I understood was all the DBs, all the secondary were going low, [hitting] low. So for the first time in my career I’ll give the hurdle a try. I obviously telegraphed it — I started rising up a little bit and I slowed up too early. If he would’ve dove then I could’ve jumped over him late. But I decided to try and jump over him early. He never bit when I went to jump. As soon as he didn’t go [low] I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to be a bad idea.’ But at the same time I wouldn’t change it because I thought it would work. I saw “White Men Can’t Jump” but if you went back to a couple of the other photos you would say differently. I got off pretty good. To be 275 [pounds] and be able to try and jump over a guy . . . all my buddies said, ‘Dude, you cleared him,’ but he hit one of my legs. It’s not quite my basketball days but I can’t complain. Everybody that I know loved it. It was a decent attempt. To be honest, in hindsight I wouldn’t do anything different but next time I wouldn’t telegraph it. “

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