Check out one of the latest YouTube sensations, from last Saturday’s LSU-South Carolina football game. SEC official Wilbur Hackett, Jr., a star linebacker at the University of Kentucky from 1968-1970 (and the first black football team captain in SEC history), appears to forget he’s an official and revert to his playing days. Watch as he levels South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia as Garcia breaks into the open:
The SEC reviewed the play and concluded that Hackett was just protecting himself from an onrushing player. LSU and South Carolina’s coaches said he was trying to get out of the way and/or defend himself when the quarterback turned into him.
As of yesterday, the play has gotten more than a million views on YouTube.
What’s your take? Deliberate hit or just protecting himself? Looks to me an awful lot like he leaves his feet and leans into Garcia as he takes him down. Pretty good takedown for a guy not playing anymore …