Robert Tonyan, aka “Big Bob,” has been languishing on special teams for the Green Bay Packers all season. The team’s fourth-string tight end has seen only a handful of snaps on offense in 2018, his first season on the active roster, but had not caught a regular-season pass yet in those nine plays.
That all changed on Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks, when Aaron Rodgers heaved a deep ball to Tonyan. Running a wheel route up the left sideline, Tonyan got open immediately and sprinted towards the end zone. With Rodgers scrambling around in the backfield and extending the play, Tonyan kept running his route, bending toward the middle of the field when he approached the end zone.
Rodgers, for his part, heaved a ridiculous throw to the end zone, hitting Tonyan perfectly in stride at the goal line for a 54-yard touchdown and a 14-3 Packers lead.
Aaron Rodgers with the mile-long ROCKET right on the numbers @AaronRodgers12 pic.twitter.com/AKMzsyGsaO— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 16, 2018
That’s a first catch that Tonyan will never forget.
Rodgers is currently 6-for-10 for 133 yards and that touchdown as the Packers are up by 11 points at the end of the first quarter.