Just the thought of "Miracle at the Meadowlands" is enough to make New York Giants fans scream "just run out the clock!" But no matter how many times that historical NFL moment is relived, quarterback Joe Pisarcik never kneels and Herm Edwards always scores the game-winning touchdown.
While that may have been a career-defining moment for Pisarcik, he maintains that it was not life-defining. And despite the heartbreak it caused and continues to cause, Pisarcik believes it's only served to make him a stronger person.
"Everybody fumbles in life, but it's what you do after the fumble," Pisarcik said at the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter 2014 Charity Golf Classic. "In life, there are peaks and valleys. What defines you as a person is what you do when you hit that valley."
However bad that moment in history may have been, Pisarcik's attempt to hand that ball off undoubtedly changed the direction and fortunes of the franchise. Had the Giants won that game, John McVay likely would have remained coach, the fans wouldn't have revolted and George Young may have never been appointed General Manager.
All things happen for a reason, and Pisarcik's flub led to a complete restructure and, subsequently, the success the team had in the 80's under Bill Parcells.
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