Hail Mary Play
A Hail Mary play is used in football when a team is losing and the game is almost over. The play consists of the quarterback throwing a long pass down to the end zone in hopes that one of his players will catch the ball for a touchdown. This play has a very small chance of being successful. It became famous when the Dallas Cowboys used it to beat the Minnesota Vikings to win a playoff game in 1975. It got the name “Hail Mary” after the Cowboys’ quarterback, Roger Staubach, said in an after game interview that, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.” This term is often used today to describe a last chance opportunity with little hope of being successful.
Submitted by student author, Madelon Wygand