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8 NFL Moments That Couldn't Have Happened Without Fingers

There's no "I" in phalange.

A pair of NFL players lost highly valuable fingers in separate fireworks-related incidents over the 4th of July weekend. Most of us could afford to spare one or two, but when you have an NFL career on the line like Jason Pierre-Paul and C.J. Wilson, your digits are worth seven digits.

To fully comprehend the importance of fingers in football, check out these memorable events in NFL history that wouldn't have happened had the player previously fumbled a sparkler.

  • 1 The Helmet Catch
    It's really hard to jump up in the air and make a remarkable, headgear-assisted grab with the Super Bowl on the lin
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    It's really hard to jump up in the air and make a remarkable, headgear-assisted grab with the Super Bowl on the line. Now try doing it without fingers.
  • 2 Peyton Pointing At Stuff
    No one uses their fingers more than Peyton Manning. Each snap of the ball is preceded by a game of linebacker hide-and-go-see
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    No one uses their fingers more than Peyton Manning. Each snap of the ball is preceded by a game of linebacker hide-and-go-seek. In addition to his bust, a sculpture of his pointer finger belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • 3 Brett Favre Dick Pics
    It's nearly impossible to take and send selfies without fingers. Just ask dolphins.
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    It's nearly impossible to take and send selfies without fingers. Just ask dolphins.
  • 4 Every Field Goal Ever
    Holder: the easiest job in football and, perhaps, the world. It's the only position on a football field that m
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    Holder: the easiest job in football and, perhaps, the world. It's the only position on a football field that makes us think, "Hey, I could do that!" You probably could. Unless, that is, your hands had no fingers on them.
  • 5 Tebow Thanking God
    There are more religions in the world than you could, um, count on one hand. The lone similarity shared by the deities o
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    There are more religions in the world than you could, um, count on one hand. The lone similarity shared by the deities of all religions, is that gods LOVE getting pointed at. Forget praying, gods just want a finger! The Dalai Lama and Pope might have spiritual differences, but you better believe they celebrate touchdowns identically.
  • 6 Deflategate
    Cheaters never prosper, but usually have fingers. The only time a New England Patriot lost something due to fireworks wa
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    Cheaters never prosper, but usually have fingers. The only time a New England Patriot lost something due to fireworks was that time that Bill Belichick accidentally blew off his sleeves.
  • 7 Johnny Manziel Flipping the Bird
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    Johnny Football clearly disapproves of the Redskins' logo.
  • 8 Aaron Hernandez Pulling The Trigger
    Just sayin'.
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    Just sayin'.
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