35 Awesome Football Tackle GIFs
When watching a football game (whether in the comfort of your own home or at your favorite sports bar) there are two types of plays that always elicit excited, nacho-spilling outbursts. The first is an incredible, physics-defying catch that no one saw coming. The second is a bone-crushing hit that knocks a guy out of hit cleats.
On occasion, the Super Bowl provides moments like these—David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII comes to mind. But usually it doesn’t. So today we thought we’d provide you with the dose of excitement you probably won’t be getting with you sit down to watch the Giants and Pats duke it out 10 days from now.
Thus, here are 20 awesome (and, in some cases, mesmerizing) tackle GIFs that will remind you why you like football to begin with. They might also make you glad that you yourself do not play football. Either way, we think you’ll enjoy them.
Wait for it, wait for it...
35. Invisible Tackler
That's gotta hurt both the tacklers head and the ball carriers knee.
34. Knee Tackle
Who ever taught this guy how to tackle should be fired.
33. Learn 2 Tackle
A Superbowl Champ can make a better tackle than that.
32. Woodson Missed Tackle
Get Marshawn some skittles for this great effort!
31. Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode
If you watched the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, then you saw OSU's Markelle Martin plow into Stanford's Ty Montgomery and realize that Montgomery just popped right back up, no worse for wear. But when you watch the hit in GIF form, it looks so much worse. You think, whoa, that guy must be dead.
And that, friends, is the beauty of watching tackle GIFs. So enjoy the next 19.
30. Cowboy Kills Cardinal
The worst part of this one is the way the guy's head snaps and hits the ground right at the very end. That can't feel good.
29. Bruin Bashing
This isn't the most brutal tackle, I admit. But I'm a sucker for guys taking out their own teammates. That poor Nebraska player got robbed of a tackle.
28. Two Gophers Take Each Other Out
Doesn't it must seem like the human spine shouldn't be able to bend like that? Then again, like I said before, everything looks worse in GIF form, where a split second is isolated and repeated.
27. Gronkowski Clipped & Flipped
Afterward, on the sidelines:
"Dude, WTF?! I obviously had the guy. You totally didn't need to come barging in and give me a [email protected]#king concussion."
26. Wild Cats Butt Heads
Don't feel sorry for this cheerleader. They train for this sort of thing. It's in their contracts. And you can tell by watching the blond cheerleader on the right. She doesn't even flinch while the whole thing goes down. She's like one of those guards at Buckingham Palace.
25. Dallas Cowboy Takes Out A Cheerleader
This one happened December 8, 2011. Pittsburgh's James Harrison got a one game suspension for this nasty helmet-to-helmet hit on old Colt McCoy. For that one game, Harrison lost $73,529 in salary. (Wouldn't you like to have that kind of problem?)
24. Harrison Playin' Dirty
Not sure what's funnier here: the fact that the referee takes a player out, or the fact said player goes down so easily.
(Note to angry Gators fans: yes, I realize there's probably more to this play than shown in this GIF that would explain why the player went down so easy. Just relax, okay?)
23. Gator Tamed By Ref
Wow, Gronkowski has taken a beating this year. This is the Super Bowl-bound TE's second appearance on this list. But at least when he goes home at night he can call up Bibi Jones and she can, er, um, "console him." (Cause they're just friends.)
22. Ryan Clark Clobbers Gronkowski Head-First
I don't know what this is from, but I just watched is for about 3 straight minutes.
21. Hot Chick Gets Plowed
Now that's a sumo tackle. The guy doesn't even leave his feet. He just crouches down ever so slightly, allows the guy to smash into him, then extends his legs and let's his big belly send him flying.
20. Put Your Legs Into It
There are two parts of this sequence that make me cringe. The first is the initial impact, where you see the guy's bare head collide with the other guy's helmet. The other part is when the helmetless Razorback is on the ground and his head is crunched with the helmet again.
You gotta hand it to this guy for taking a team-first attitude. Still, that couldn't have been pleasant.
19. Nasty No-Helmet Tackle
On first look, this one looked like a pretty cheap tackle to me. The Tampa player is too lazy to go to all the work of diving and tackling at the waste, so he just puts his forearm up and blows into Amani Toomer's head. But after I watched it for another minute, I realized that he probably had to "tackle" (or karate chop) him this way to make sure Toomer didn't hold on to the ball.
18. Amani Toomer Hammered
Who does Troy Polamalu think he is... Superman?
Maybe Dustin Keller owed Ray Lewis some money?
16. Ray Lewis SMASH!
I think that should be a penalty.... OUCH!
15. Landry Jones KO
Didn't your coach tell you to always keep your head up?
Dominique Whaley ANKLES, KNEES, LEGS SHOULDN'T BEND THAT WAY.
I can hardly watch!
13. Bodies Shouldn't Bend That Way
Hopefully he was ready.
12. Wheelchair Guy Gets OWNED
You'll get it one day!
11. Bradford Tries But Fails!
You might think that a Georgia State Trooper would be unbiased in a matchup between Georgia and Georgia Tech, since they're both from his state. But no, apparently this guy is a Bulldogs fan.
10. Cop Tackles Georgia Tech Player
If you ever watch a football game with a woman who isn't a big football fan, it's guaranteed that she will ask you this question when she notices that one (or several) of the players have really long locks: "won't they pull on that guy's hair?"
It's not ignorance, you see. It's empathy. Girls have long hair, and they can imagine how much it would hurt to have it yanked.
I usually answer this question with something like, "yeah, I guess it would, but usually it seems like it's defensive players who have long hair, so it doesn't happen that much."
Of course, sometimes it does happen. Like this. And yes, it had to hurt.
9. Long Hair And Football Don't Mix
No need to tackle when you can just strip the ball from the player.
Common boys, you can't make a tackle like that if you expect to win the game.
7. Making Everyone Miss
This one comes from the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, just like #20. It also features the same player getting hit: Stanford's Ty Montgomery.
Now, as I've already explained, I'm a sucker for guys tackling their own teammates. But this one is even better because, for once, the teammate tackle is intentional. Jeremy Stewart wants to make damn sure his freshman teammate doesn't make the mistake of leaving the endzone with the ball on a punt return, so he just knocks him down himself.
It's a classic sports moment.
6. Freshman Tackled By Own Teammate (2012 Fiesta Bowl)
"Penalty on the play, helmet to the balls, half the distance to the goal line: first down."
5. Helmet To The Nads
Sorry, I know this one isn't exactly in HD, but I love watching that ball just pop out and go flying over and over and over...it's hypnotizing. It's also as hard a hit as you'll ever see.
4. This Is Whiplash
This is how to evade a tackle. Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell jukes, two Bucs defenders collide. Simply beautiful.
It's a shame the Bears were so awful.
3. When Bucs Collide
It looks like Nate Irving of NC State may have watched a little too much pro wrestling growing up, because the dude absolutely destroys Wake Forest's Michael Companaro.
2. Wicked Suplex Tackle
When you get this HARD, you lose minimum 10 years of your life.