You Make the Call: Was George Pickens’ insane catch pass interference?
The pads were popping at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA Tuesday, and as the Steelers had their first padded practice it was a catch which made national news.
At this juncture, you’ve likely heard about George Pickens’ insane one-handed catch over Joey Porter Jr. during the one-on-one period of practice. Well, in case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video below:
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On social media, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether or not this play would have resulted in pass interference, on either side.
Before going any further, it should be noted the Steelers had officials at practice, and there was an official directly behind the play who didn’t flag it for any type of interference. Would Pickens and/or Porter Jr. been flagged for taunting or unsportsmanlike conduct after the play had concluded?
But that’s not the talking point here. The question is whether or not you, the reader, think this play would have been flagged of either offensive, or defensive pass interference? Watch it as many times as you need, trust me it is exciting every time, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
As for me, my feeling is if any side judge is going to allow both Porter and Pickens to hand fight as much as they did down the sideline, there is no way I’m flagging the play. However, if I had to throw a flag, which you can absolutely say you wouldn’t have flagged the play, I would have thrown one on Porter Jr. for illegal contact downfield, not pass interference.
A tremendous play all the way around, and this isn’t to discredit Porter Jr., who ran stride-for-stride with Pickens, just got caught on the wrong end of an amazing play.