Homer Jones, a speedy Giants wide receiver in the 1960s, invented the end zone spike – by accident. In the second quarter of a game at Yankee Stadium in 1965, Jones caught an 89-yard TD pass from QB Earl Morrall. He was on the verge of tossing the ball into the crowd, as his teammate liked to do, but remembered at the last instant that the act been banned by Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Jones, not wanting to be fined, stopped short and threw the ball down on the grass instead. People seemed to enjoy it, and Jones coined a term for what he had just done: a “spike” – and the name stuck. A 20th round NFL pick out of Texas Southern in 1963, Jones made the Pro Bowl in 1967 and 1968; his 13 receiving TDs in 1967 led the NFL.