Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen had visions of glory swirling through his head one minute then chirping birds circling it a moment later after he was doinked in the head by an errant throw on the sidelines during Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
After the Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was slammed to the ground by Redskins linebacker London Fletcher—in the closing seconds of the first-half—the shaken signal-caller limped to the sideline and Thigpen got ready to take over.
Thigpen wasn't paying attention when a teammate made the "Think quick" toss with all eyes and national TV audience focused on him.
The rarely-used Thigpen never got his big chance to fill in for the Harvard grad who took Fletcher's unblocked shot to the ribcage at full force. Fitzpatrick returned to the game and led the Bills to a field goal and a 13-0 halftime lead.
You don't need an Ivy League degree to know it's a good idea to always wear your helmet— even on the sidelines.