Farrior probably was right.
After intercepting a Kurt Warner pass at the goal line Sunday, Harrison stopped and started, bobbed and weaved, broke tackles, leaped over a player and finally, as the goal line approached, was faced with the possibility that it all could be a waste of breath. If Harrison didn't get in the end zone, the Steelers couldn't score a touchdown because time had run out in the first half of Super Bowl XLIII.
Anatomy of a Play
"Those last couple of yards were probably tougher than anything I've done in my life but probably more gratifying than anything I've done in football," Harrison said.
Gandy dove at Harrison's feet at the 10, slowing him down and almost forcing him to step out of bounds. That allowed Breaston and Fitzgerald, the two fastest and most athletic Cardinals on the field, to gain ground on Harrison and set up a collision inside the 5.
Breaston's intention was to hit Harrison high and force him out of bounds. Fitzgerald's intention was to pull Harrison down from behind while trying to strip away the football.
Either approach might have worked on its own. Given Harrison's exhaustion, Breaston's hit was hard enough and Fitzgerald pulled with enough strength to potentially keep the Steeler from scoring. But the force provided by Breaston and Fitzgerald colliding helped propel Harrison forward, just over the goal line for a touchdown and a 10-point Pittsburgh lead. By preventing the Cardinals from scoring a touchdown and adding one of his own, Harrison provided the Steelers with a 14-point swing that proved crucial in a 27-23 victory.
Harrison's 100-yard return certainly was worthy of being the last Anatomy of a Play of the 2008 season because, as Farrior said, it quite possibly was "the greatest runback in NFL history".