Former NFL kicker explains how Rams punter pulled off a kick that he's never seen anyone do in a game

Punting in the NFL can be subtle art, but former NFL kicker Pat McAfee wanted everyone to know that Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker is an artist.

McAfee, now of Barstool, took to Twitter on Sunday to break down a punt Hekker pulled off against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 that McAfee said is usually only tried in practice.

As McAfee pointed out, as Hekker dropped the ball to punt it, he turned it sideways to give the ball a certain spin when it lands.

“He dropped this ball sideways to try to make it spin right,” McAfee said. “I’ve never seen anybody have enough balls to do this in a game because if you miss this it’s going, like, seven yards.”

Hekker, however, nailed the punt, which bounced out at the Colts’ six-yard line, effectively pinning the Colts deep in their own field.

Here’s McAfee’s breakdown (warning: NSFW language):

Hekker appreciated McAfee’s praise and seemed to refer to the drop as “the banana.”


Hekker is incredible.. he just attempted a punt that folks only do in practice #RespectTheArt
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 10, 2017

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