If you watched Kris Jenkins’ history-making, buzzer-beating, championship-winning three-pointer from the comforts of your living room Monday night, it’s safe to say you had a pretty nice view of the play. But it’s not hyperbole to say Brian Finneran had the best seat in the house.
“It was so perfect,” the Villanova color analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He shot it right in front of me – (maybe) 20 feet from where I was sitting. I stood up when he let it go and I jumped up and down and screamed like a school girl as soon as it went in. I never had a chance to win an NFL championship and a Super Bowl. I never won a championship in college or high school. To feel that emotion and that energy in that building when that went down was by far the greatest sports moment in my life.”
Finneran, 40, played college football at Villanova. He went undrafted in 1998 but spent one season with the Eagles and carved out an 11-year tenure with the Falcons.
And yet, his greatest sports moment happened Monday night in Houston, watching his alma mater win its first national title since 1985.
“It was,” Finneran said. “You feel so much pride in what Villanova is all about and what Jay Wright has done at the school – it was such a special deal. To have (Ryan Arcidiacono) give the little dish to Kris Jenkins and (for) him to knock that thing down, the class and pride they showed, the way they playing the game, team defense, team offense – yeah, it was the most special moment of my career.”