Photo via National Football League
The infamous photo of Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Matt Millen punching former New England Patriots general manager Patrick Sullivan has been making its rounds again this weekend on social media.
The incident happened on the field after the 1985 divisional-round playoff matchup between the Raiders and Patriots where, despite being heavily favored, the Patriots pulled off the upset 27-20.
Apparently Sullivan would not stop trash talking Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long from the sideline during the entire game, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The season-ending loss and the non-stop verbal sparring eventually resulted in some real-life fisticuffs as Mill pulverized Sullivan with a ferocious right hook, as shown below.
Matt Millen punches New England owner Patrick Sullivan in the face after a 1984 Pats-Raiders playoff game: pic.twitter.com/yt8Hh0Dm
— SI Vault (@si_vault) December 19, 2011
As some sports history buffs may have noted, Sports Illustrated mentioned in their above tweet that the punch took place after a 1984 Patriots and Raiders playoff game, however, it actually took in Jan. 1986, according to Pro Football Reference.
One other note to clean up was Patrick Sullivan was not the “owner” of the Patriots, but the general manager.
Whatever the year, it certainly didn’t appear that mid-field handshakes and jersey exchanges were en vogue at the time.