Three Aussie Punters again for NFL 2008
Thursday, September 11 2008 @ 09:15 pm ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Former player with Old Brighton in the VAFA, Matt McBriar playing for the Dallas Cowboys had two punts with a 48.5 yard average, a 37 yard net average and a longest punt of 52 yards in their 28-10 win.
Former Geelong captain Ben Graham playing for the New York Jets had 6 punts with a 45.3 yard average, a 39 yard net average and a longest punt of 56 yards in his team’s 20-14 point win. Graham was used to kick off for the first time as well when kicker Mike Nugent was injured. Graham’s kick after their go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter was not pretty and travelled 43 yards.
Former Collingwood and North Melbourne forward Sav Rocca had 4 punts (three of his punts were inside 20) with an average of 46.5 yards, a net average of 42 yards and a longest punt of 59 yards in the Philadelphia Eagles 38-3 win.
The continued presence of these former Australian footballers punting for NFL teams continues to slowly increase the knowledge of the average US sports fan of Australian Rules football. And the drop punt continues to become part of the game in a legacy left largely by Darren Bennett but reinforced by the presence of the three current Aussie punters.
A good article from the Wall Street Journal on that front can be read here.