On his first-ever NFL carry in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos rookie fullback Andy Janovich took a handoff 28 yards to the house.
The score knotted the game up at 7-7. The play before, Janovich’s big block keyed a huge run for running back C.J. Anderson. It was a good half for the sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, if not for the Broncos, who ended the half trailing the Panthers 17-7.
Janovich scoring Denver’s first touchdown of the year was highly unlikely. As Dane Brugler of CBS Sports pointed out, he was the slowest running back or fullback at the NFL Combine.
At Nebraska, he mostly played special teams. He recorded more tackles (11) in his college career than touchdowns (3). So yeah, you could say his rumble to the end zone was unexpected.
Perhaps he’ll get picked up in a couple leagues now.