15. Tom Dempsey’s Field Goal
This record-setting field goal is also one of the most incredible game-winning plays of all-time. Dempsey’s kick against the Detroit Lions is the stuff of legends. The Lions led against the New Orleans Saints with 11 seconds left on the clock. Dempsey – with no fingers on one hand and a club foot – stepped forward to seal his place in history. His record for the longest field goal stood for more than 40 years.
He also handed his team a 19-17 win over the Lions. Controversy followed Dempsey because he wore a special square shoe on his right foot as he had no toes. However, ESPN analyzed his footwear and claimed that it had a smaller surface area than regular shoes at the time. In sum, Dempsey was supremely talented and made light of his apparent disabilities. What an inspiration and a sensational play.