Sonny Jurgensen had just scored the apparent winning touchdown in a high school all-star game and was stepping onto a platform at midfield to receive the most valuable player trophy.
Then an official shoved him aside and gave the trophy to a player from the other team.
When famous and not-so-famous athletes were asked about their No. 1 moment in high school football, Jurgensen remembered that winning the North Carolina state championship "was a big thing," but that the midfield disappointment was even bigger.
Jurgensen, who starred at Duke University and became a hero to Washington Redskins fans, remembers that high school North-South Shrine game as if it happened last night.
"The game's played annually between North Carolina and South Carolina. We were losing and the game had ended. But there was a penalty on the defensive team. We were on the South's five-yard line, and we got another play because the game can't end on a penalty.
"As I called the play, a player ran onto the field from our bench. Then he ran off the field on the other side. I ran the ball in for a touchdown and they brought me to midfield to get on a platform and accept the most valuable player trophy.
"Then one of the Shrine officials shoved me aside and gave it to Charlie Carter, a South Carolina player.
"We had been penalized for having too many men on the field. They said our player couldn't run off the field where he did and since it was an offensive penalty, the game was over and we lost."
Obviously, high school football is a different experience for everyone. Here is what some others had to say when asked to recall their No. 1 moment:
DON MEREDITH, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys -- "Well, I broke my collarbone the sixth game of the year against Mt. Pleasanton. But that's not much of a highlight. There was a game in a rainstorm against the Gilmer (Tex.) Buckeyes.
"It had been raining all night and it was the last two minutes of the ball game and those real, tall lights had been exploding, and one end of the field was almost dark. We got the ball on our own 25; we were five points down and the lights were out at our end of the field. So I knew I had to hurry.
"Rain was dropping off my purple-and-white helmet onto my purple-and-white jersey -- I was the quarterback and I wore No. 88 but I didn't let that bother me -- and water was dripping in my eyes and mixing with blood from my nose and falling onto my white 88 on my purple jersey.
"I told a few of my receivers to run around and get open and we got to the three-yard line with seven seconds left and no time outs. I told Wimp Gandy to block out the defensive end for me. We made up a formation like a single wing.
"Wimpy blocked for me, a middle linebacker hit me at the one, and what do you think I did? I spun over to the outside, flipped over and fell into the end zone, and the Mount Vernon Tigers beat the Gilmer Buckeyes.
"What? . . . What did you say? . . . Of course, it's true. It was also the first time my brother saw me play. He thought I was really good."
MARK MOSELEY, Washington Redskins kicker -- He played running back and middle linebacker at Livingston, Tex. In one game against Rusk High, he gained 309 yards and scored eight touchdowns, a state record that stood until someone scored 12 touchdowns two years ago.
"We were playing out of the shotgun in the second half of that game," recalled Moseley. "I took the snap and just went with it. My senior year the team scored 28 touchdowns, and I had 27 of them. We didn't miss an extra point the four years I played. I also averaged 268 yards a game my senior year, did all the kicking, punting and played 60 minutes.
"It was kind of fun playing in Texas. The big thing I remember after games we won was going downtown to the barber shop and getting my shoes shined. Everybody would come in and pat your back. That was great for the ego."
JERRY CLAIBORNE, football coach at the University of Maryland --"We finished undefeated our sophomore year. We won our conference at Hopkinsville (Ky.) High, where I played tailback in a double-wing formation.
"It was similar to when I coached Maryland to our 11-0 season (in 1976), that feeling after the Virginia game. You don't have many undefeated seasons."
FAYE (Mrs. Jerry) Claiborne, football pollster and former Hopkinsville student -- "We beat a team we hadn't beaten in 18 years, and it occurred to me we hadn't beaten that team since before I was born. All the girls were crying on each other. We took it very seriously.
"I played oboe in the marching band. I was in the band for five years and loved it, but I was always trying to watch the game. The band leader was always telling me to sit down and play."
BUM PHILLIPS, Houston Oilers coach -- "I guess getting to play (for Beaumont French in Orange, Texas) was my biggest moment. I was a fullback. At least I thought I was until I saw a good one."
KEN HOUSTON, all-pro safety of the Washington Redskins -- "I intercepted a pass one night against Palestine High School, one of our big rivals. I went to Dunbar in Lufkin, Tex. I played center on offense and middle linebacker on defense. I never carried the football in high school.
"The night I intercepted that pass was like a dream come true. I went 35 yards, and when I first caught the ball, my legs could hardly get started. Nobody touched me, though. I'll never forget it."
BERT JONES, Baltimore Colts quarterback -- "My most memorable moment (at Ruston High in Louisiana) was seeing my older brother Schump, who had worked so hard while I got all the publicity, pick up a fumble and run 70 yards for a touchdown in the final game of his senior year for his first touchdown.
"He was a flanker on a run-oriented team. Our team fumbled the kickoff, and he picked it up and ran. I jumped up and down and screamed and hollered and chased him down the field like the idiot I am."
DICK BESTWICK, University of Virginia coach -- "I enjoyed it all at Sharon (Pa.) High. I guess being given the opportunity to call plays from the guard position was my biggest thrill. My coach (the late Dave Stewart) said Paul Brown and myself were the only guards he ever let call the plays."
STEVE ATKINS, University of Maryland running back -- "I had so many exciting games, I'd really have to sit down and think about that. One moment I guess was . . . we had a rivalry with the James Monroe Yellowjackets. They used to beat Spotsylvania all the time. My sophomore year we beat them for the first time. I think I got a couple hundred yards. I don't remember the exact number."
JOHN RIGGINS, Washington Redskins fullback -- "My last game as a senior I scored six touchdowns (for Centralia High in Kansas) and had over 400 yards rushing. We had a great team that year. When we got on the field it wasn't a matter of winning or losing. People just wondered how many points we'd score.
"I played quarterback. I'd usually just roll out around the end and if my receivers were covered I'd just take off and go with it. Nothing fancy, but we moved the ball."
PAUL HORNUNG, former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers star -- "I threw five touchdown passes for Flaget High in Louisville. I also did all the kicking and was voted MVP in the state of Kentucky, and that was a big thrill. We had five guys get scholarships to Notre Dame off that team.I also got a big kick out of being all-state in basketball."
PHIL VILLAPIANO, Oakland Raiders linebacker -- "I skipped practice and my father, who was the athletic director of Ashbury Park High in New Jersey, threw me off the team. Unprecedented -- an athletic director throwing somebody off the team. I was crushed.
"I had to go apologize to the team and they let me play. They couldn't throw me off -- I was the starting defensive end. I was so happy and proud of myself. I never missed another practice. And my father is my friend again now."
JOHNNY UNITAS, former Baltimore Colts quarterback -- "I don't have the slightest idea . . . That was about 27 years ago."