Until Sunday, Zay Jones lived a relatively normal existence as a rookie wide receiver with the Bills, best known for setting the NCAA single-season and career reception records while at East Carolina.
But that all changed after one play in Sunday’s Bills-Chiefs game, as Jones will forevermore be known as “The Man Who Levitated.” On a second-quarter play, Jones fell to the ground just out of the end zone trying to make a catch.
He didn’t stay there long, as he seemed to float back to his feet.
Zay Jones floats back to his feet
— Football Is Life (@FB1SLIFE) November 28, 2017
Jones’ magic act is even more impressive in slow motion.
Here is Zay Jones in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/XxbmTB6WHV
— BadgerNoonan (@BadgerNoonan) November 27, 2017
Obviously, there must be a logical explanation for what Jones did … but you couldn’t find any of those rational explanations after the video went viral on the Internet, as the following conspiracy-minded and “X Files”-like headlines and copy revealed:
— “Zay Jones levitates on the field: Is he The Last Jedi?” (NFL.com)
— “The Matrix just glitched while Jones was standing up” (CBSSports.com)
— “Zay Jones is just a warlock or something.” (@JaredWeissNBA)
— “The truth is that Jones levered himself up with his left leg and some serious core strength, but we’d also accept witchcraft, telekinesis or a glitch in the matrix as possible explanations.” (Yahoo Sports)
Finally, someone did do some real investigating into the matter: The UK’s DailyMail.com. (Hey, NFL, you want to create buzz for your product in Great Britain? A levitating football player will do the trick every time.) Anyway, the website talked to Jones’ strength and conditioning coach at ECU, Jeff Connors. The coach said Jones always excelled in exercises involving core strength and “postural integrity.”
Still, Connors admitted he was amazed by the feat.
“I’ve never sat down and tried to evaluate someone trying to levitate back to their feet. I’m going to have to give that more thought,” Connors said.
Jones, the Bills second-round pick this season, had his own theory on how he levitated back to his feet.
When you fall down but God has your back. pic.twitter.com/OZyQIPVL4e
— Zay (@zayjones11) November 26, 2017
Jones’ magical moment has even inspired efforts by mere mortals to replicate the act, as seen on Buffalo’s WKBW TV. (Warning: This could result in injury for anyone not named Zay Jones).
Jones has 23 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns this season.