When you were a kid, September was an awful time of year because it meant one thing: going back to school. However, when you get older, September becomes the best month of the year. Why? Because that’s when football starts up again after a miserable six-month hiatus. Oh sure, the CFL starts up in mid June, but—can we be real, here?—it’s not the same. College football and the NFL—that’s where it’s at.
Today, in celebration of the return of football, I present you with this list of awesome GIFs featuring amazing football catches. If this doesn’t get you pumped up for this weekend’s gridiron action, I don’t know what will.
Actually, scratch that. If this doesn’t get you pumped up for this weekend’s gridiron action, maybe try this other list of awesome football tackle GIFs. That might do it.
But I digress. Let’s get started with the awesome catches already…
This is a pretty nice catch, but I can't quite tell if it's as good as it seems at first. I think the guy makes it look better by bending his legs at the knees. But hey, it adds style points.
25. Odell Beckham
I promise, we'll have highlights not from the SEC, too. And they'll be way better than this. We're just getting started, so keep going. (However, let me just say that this is one of those catches that is really difficult but made to look easy by a skilled receiver.)
24. Kevin Norwood
This is a low-quality GIF, but you can still see that this is a great catch and awesome play.
23. Packer TD
I swear I'm not an Alabama fan. It's just a coincidence that there are two Tide GIFs in the first four.
22. Catch or No Catch
If football doesn't work out, Martel Moore could probably make it as a baseball center fielder.
21. Diving Catch
That's a pretty nice grab in tight coverage.
20. One-handed over-the-shoulder...NBD
Not exactly a catch, but it is a solid effort. (PS, Amanda Seyfried is pretty attractive.)
19. Mean Girl Catch
This quarterback owes his receiver a beer, assuming the two are old enough to purchase and consume alcohol. That bullet was about 3 yards too deep, but the receiver pulled it down anyway.
18. Making the QB look good
It's a good thing that threw was deflected where it was, or else this guy would have been knocked into next Tuesday. I wonder if he saw his life flash before his eyes?
17. Near miss
Nicks makes a nice catch here...of course, the Rams secondary makes everybody look good.
16. Hakeem Nicks
Not sure who this Georgia Tech receiver is (though I'm sure someone will be kind enough berate me for my ignorance), but he makes one hell of an awesome Air Jordan catch, doesn't he?
15. Air Jordan
Talk about having a kung fu grip. Chris Owusu didn't get drafted last year because of concussion and injury concerns, but it's clear from this clip that the guy can snag a football better than half the WRs in the NFL. Right now he's on the Chargers practice squad, but hopefully he'll get his shot in the NFL someday soon.
14. The Owusu Claw
I love how he just corals the ball as he's falling to the ground like it's no big deal. Classic TD catch.
13. Bulldog Touchdown
it doesn't matter how the ball gets there. All that matters is that it's in your hands when you hit the ground.
12. Not pretty, but effective
This excellent TD catch by Arizona's Juron Criner is the first of three reach-around grabs. (Yes, I just said "read-around.")
11. Yoink (Part 1)
The Bills Leodis McKelvin thinks he's got the situation under control. The Cowboys Dez Bryant proves otherwise.
10. Yoink (Part 2)
Could this be the best reach-around touchdown catch of all time? It's got to be. How could it get any better than this?
9. Yoink (Part 3)
This catch didn't need to be so exciting, as the ball came right to him. But at least he didn't give up after bobbling it.
8. The Juggler
Now that's a catch. It looks like the guy has magnets on his hands.
7. Interference? No problem.
Antonio Cromarti hasn't been the cornerback the Jets were hoping for when they signed him to a 4-year $32 million deal last August. But this play certainly shows what he's capable of.
6. Holy Cromartie
I don't care if the guy does step out of bounds, it's still one of the most awesome catches you're going to see.
5. Never give up
This play pretty much sums up the Colts' 2011 season, doesn't it?
4. Poor Colts
This is the catch that inspired the list. Ohio State's Devin Smith made this beauty to score the Buck's first TD of the 2012 season last Saturday against Miami. Not a bad start to the season, is it?
3. Devin Smith
I have no idea what game this is, but it looks like high school football. (If anyone knows, I'm all ears.) In any case, if there's a more ridiculous touchdown GIF out there, I've never seen it.
2. Ridiculous Touchdown
The Cardinals' Michael Floyd doesn't make this amazing catch if the Broncos player doesn't crash into him. To borrow a phrase from Dick Vitale, that's serendipity, baby.
1. Second Chances
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