Not so long ago, it was a one-in-a-million play, the sort of thing a player or fan would pray about.
These days, Aaron Rodgers is turning the Hail Mary into touchdowns — and doing so at such a rate that his high-in-the-sky heaves into the end zone feel more like routine and less like a miracle.
Three times over the past 13 months, including last week against the Giants, the Packers quarterback has dropped back at the end of a half, reared back and thrown the ball high toward the end zone. The ball has dropped on the trajectory of a javelin from the sky and landed in a Green Bay receiver’s hands.
The plays have resulted in touchdowns no one could’ve expected, though maybe now, they should.
“Because he’s done it before, you’re thinking, ‘You never know,’” said Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback who famously coined the term ‘Hail Mary’ for the desperation heave he used to beat Minnesota in 1975.