4. Cliff Avril channels Chuck against Chargers (2011)
All you need to say is that Charles Woodson interception, and anyone from the state of Michigan who followed football in the late 1990s knows exactly which interception you’re talking about.
During the 3rd quarter of the 1997 Michigan State game, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner went airborne for a one-handed snag along the sideline, one that 22 years later is still probably the best interception that I’ve ever seen live.
Now, to be fair, Cliff Avril is not Charles Woodson. And his version of the one-handed interception was no Charles Woodson interception.
Even so, the defensive linemen’s perfect timing and athleticism to steal a Phillip Rivers screen pass and then waltz into the end zone has a special place in my memory as well.
Avril’s pick-six capped off a 38-10 win over the Chargers in the 2011 home finale, clinching the Lions’ first return to the playoffs in a dozen years. Not Charles, but not bad either.
CLICK HERE to watch Avril’s insane one-handed pick six via NFL.com.