The NFL stole a rule from the NBA to stop one extremely tall dude from blocking field goals

  • Published: 22 March 2018
  • You are likely familiar with goaltending as it exists as a basketball rule, but did you know the NFL also has a prohibition against goaltending! It's to prevent the incredibly rare instance in which someone camps out by the uprights on a field goal attempt and leaps to knock the ball away before it crosses through.

    (Randall Cobb kind of tried to do this when David Akers hit a 63 yard field goal in 2012, but at 5'10 that was going to take quite a jump.)

    Why does this extremely specific rule exist? Because the Kansas City Chiefs once drafted a tall dude and had him try to pull this off over and over and over.


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Comments • 503

  • NoPPLeft
    NoPPLeft  6 days back

    I would've loved to see Manute Bol do that without jumping

    • Sudnd Dbdb
      Sudnd Dbdb  1 weeks back


      • Badel Kabamba
        Badel Kabamba  1 weeks back

        One on the 2012 world cup sandal

        • DOA HITMAN
          DOA HITMAN  2 weeks back

          imagine spud webb jump up and block it 😂

          • Adam Waters
            Adam Waters  2 weeks back

            There is no such rule in Rugby League. Someone tried it in 2015.
            EDIT: Brisbane Broncos vs Sydney Roosters Round 6

            • Lucas Hammontree
              Lucas Hammontree  3 weeks back

              Why not just put him as the center and just have him stand up and wave his arms right in front of the kicker?

              • Qaianna
                Qaianna  3 weeks back

                ..because the kicker is about what, ten yards BACK from that point? (And I assume you mean wherever on the line the kick's trajectory would cross -- I think some of these kickers try to hook the kick more than you see in pro bowling. If the center's blocking the kick, what with being on the offense, you have deep issues on special teams ... )

            • Mr Slate
              Mr Slate  4 weeks back

              White people love making up rules to make stuff less fun.

              • unclepatrick2
                unclepatrick2  1 months back

                Why is the Ladder Play where one guy runs up the backs of three other players a ban play?

              • Patrick O'Laughlin
                Patrick O'Laughlin  1 months back

                You have to remember , at that time the goalposts were on the goaline itself.

                • kj bishop
                  kj bishop  2 months back

                  How about the 1 point rule in football?

                  • kj bishop
                    kj bishop  2 months back

                    Run roots?

                    • David Green
                      David Green  2 months back

                      just block the kick at the line

                      • Cam Croney
                        Cam Croney  2 months back

                        Scott Davis LA Raiders. think he was 6'7"-6'8" blocked quit a few but at the line. Stram was a moron

                        • The PhilosoNerd
                          The PhilosoNerd  3 months back

                          This is a dumb rule

                          • GodzillaFreak
                            GodzillaFreak  3 months back

                            They should have used more than one person to increase height.

                            • Ghiman the guy
                              Ghiman the guy  3 months back

                              Why would this be illegal? Like, its still somewhat a feat of athletecism, and besides, maybe the kickers should have kicked higher

                              • blakfloyd
                                blakfloyd  4 months back

                                Hank StrOm.

                                • Fatnorth759
                                  Fatnorth759  4 months back

                                  Random questions is there a rule saying you can't throw a player on your team to get a touchdown? If you got a midget on your team and threw him like in hammer toss would it be allowed?

                                  • Fatnorth759
                                    Fatnorth759  4 months back

                                    Why not have cheerleaders do I with a huge basket toss?

                                    Is there some kind of rule that prevents you from doing boarding off your teammates to block a shot?

                                    • j.oz
                                      j.oz  4 months back

                                      @Fatnorth759 That is arguably prohibited under the same rule: "Placing a hand or hands on a teammate or opponent to gain additional height to block or attempt to block an opponent’s
                                      kick or apparent kick..."
                                      These procedures are almost certainly banned out of injury concerns.

                                    • Fatnorth759
                                      Fatnorth759  4 months back

                                      @j.oz well that's no fun. Hwo about being thrown? If you have a small light person on the team and you spin him and throw him up you aren't technically vaulting off of anyone. Football needs to get rid of that rulen it would be fun seeing players try that.

                                    • j.oz
                                      j.oz  4 months back

                                      @Fatnorth759 Additionally, climbing on or vaulting off another player to block a kick is prohibited under rule 12.3.1.o and p (unsportsmanlike conduct).

                                    • j.oz
                                      j.oz  4 months back

                                      @Fatnorth759 It's just like basketball. A block near the point of release is acceptable; a block very close to the goal itself is not. It makes a lot more sense in basketball, admittedly.

                                    • Fatnorth759
                                      Fatnorth759  4 months back

                                      @j.oz if it is a field goal kick for the extra point and you do it right behind the line of scrimmage wouldn't it be allowed? I dont see how being that far out would be a penalty

                                  • General Sherman
                                    General Sherman  4 months back

                                    air is palpably humid, acts aren't palpably unfair lmao

                                    • General Sherman
                                      General Sherman  4 months back

                                      also my favorite part of sportsballs is when a coach sees a real tall dude and builds something around it like that has ever worked in the history of walking upright

                                  • Don G.
                                    Don G.  4 months back

                                    It’s not illegal to have a tall guy who only blocks kicks. He just has to do it at the line (where it makes sense).

                                    • Al Quinn
                                      Al Quinn  5 months back

                                      +1 for bojack reference

                                      • PetroFor3
                                        PetroFor3  5 months back

                                        Doing a fake hank stram voice and making his voice so deep and not high pitched like the actual hank stram is blasphemous. I mean could you be any further from the actual hank stram’s voice

                                        • JoeCnNd
                                          JoeCnNd  5 months back


                                          • Claudio Melendrez
                                            Claudio Melendrez  5 months back

                                            "Children on a trenchcoat"? No, don't you guys watch rugby? A player holding a teammate in the air to receive a high ball is standard. They do that on every line out. Jesus christ! You need to get out more...

                                            • Willdawg 00
                                              Willdawg 00  5 months back

                                              Roger Goodell after watching this video: Sorry, we've gotta ban the children in a trenchcoat thing for other circumstances
                                              Seth: F U

                                              • Alexander Blessing
                                                Alexander Blessing  5 months back

                                                Is it just me, but I think football would be more interesting if people were able to block field goals.

                                                • UBahnTracks
                                                  UBahnTracks  5 months back

                                                  some rugby teams had the shoulder idea :

                                                  • me still me
                                                    me still me  5 months back

                                                    Seth > Join Bois

                                                    • Randyy1
                                                      Randyy1  5 months back

                                                      "extremely tall dude" "6'10" - that's not even a center in the NBA, my dude.

                                                      • Jamie Della
                                                        Jamie Della  5 months back

                                                        In the 1960s it was...

                                                      • Randyy1
                                                        Randyy1  5 months back

                                                        @josh tsang Also, Klay Thompson is 6'7 and he's a 2guard. Draymond Green, same height, plays PF. So it's not always indicative.

                                                      • Randyy1
                                                        Randyy1  5 months back

                                                        @josh tsang It is really tall, but most centers are 7 footers. Capela is the only one I can think of that's listed at 6'10 as a C, most of the others are 6'11 and above. Of course, if a team chooses to play smallball, they'll move a shorter forward to the center position, but that's different.

                                                      • josh tsang
                                                        josh tsang  5 months back

                                                        That is a center. A power forward is about 6'8 to 6'9, and a 6'10 player could play both positions. Also 6'10 is really tall.

                                                    • Mr Tav
                                                      Mr Tav  6 months back

                                                      What happens if a football (ball) in NFL, after being shot for a field goal (or extra point), strikes a referee on it's way towards the goal and it ends up over the bar? Does it counts? Is there any rule about that? :)

                                                      • BUGZNTA
                                                        BUGZNTA  6 months back

                                                        Considering its entirely unlikely for this to work more than 5% of the time why ban it? I guess the NFL just hates when something new comes along. I think it would be rather entertaining if you were allowed to swat low kicks.

                                                        • Thomas H.L.
                                                          Thomas H.L.  7 months back

                                                          why don't NFL teams get 7'3" guys to catch jump balls in redzone situations. instead of running David Johnson running 3 times in a row and kicking a FG.

                                                          • Thomas H.L.
                                                            Thomas H.L.  7 months back

                                                            u can block a FG at the line but not by the post makes no sense

                                                            • Elite Soulfly
                                                              Elite Soulfly  7 months back

                                                              Actually I think it woulda been awesome if they allowed it. Woulda added a major new element to the game. Yet I feel like it would still be tradition football.

                                                              • BUGZNTA
                                                                BUGZNTA  6 months back

                                                                Especially considering any kicker worth a damn can kick the ball well out of reach of anybody on the ground. Seems like a rather pointless rule as it doesn't seem it would even be very effective.

                                                            • Richard Glenn
                                                              Richard Glenn  7 months back

                                                              There is a rule to prevent two guys piling on each other. AKA the "trench coat move". It's called "leaping" and I'm not joking it was invented because a team successfully tried this back in the leather helmet era. Not with the "coat" of course... but yeah. It was also done in a Three Stooges episode where the boys played professional football for a game.

                                                              • ghost1015
                                                                ghost1015  7 months back

                                                                Have a couple guys vault a third one up into the air (cheerleader style) and just intercept the ball 😝

                                                                • Alexander Wood
                                                                  Alexander Wood  7 months back

                                                                  Isn’t there a rule against the “tower play”

                                                                • MetsGiantsRangersKnicksNYSports

                                                                  Do Eddie Gaedel for this series.

                                                                  • FootballJunkie
                                                                    FootballJunkie  8 months back

                                                                    a) another player can’t stand on a teammate to be boosted in the air during a FG attempt, anywhere on the field
                                                                    b) I think I’ve seen footage of Stroud trying to reject a George Blanda FG in one of his 1970 miracle finishes streak
                                                                    c) I got nothin’

                                                                    • JumpO89
                                                                      JumpO89  9 months back

                                                                      Wait, deflect but how bout catching it?

                                                                      • rdizzy1
                                                                        rdizzy1  9 months back

                                                                        There was a dude that was 5 ft 1 in the NFL in the early days. Maybe he blocked a field goal.

                                                                        • drtone
                                                                          drtone  9 months back

                                                                          this is retarded, he should be put at the line to rush, take advantage of his reach, and block there, wtf

                                                                          • jakemch
                                                                            jakemch  9 months back

                                                                            he called the route a "root" lol wtf it's not a roadway bro

                                                                            • bagehi
                                                                              bagehi  9 months back

                                                                              Wouldn't it make more sense to just make a human pyramid just behind the line?

                                                                              • tko3457
                                                                                tko3457  9 months back

                                                                                Worst part is if they lined him up at center or was someone to come off the edge, he may have blocked way more field goals

                                                                                • Supreme Master
                                                                                  Supreme Master  9 months back

                                                                                  A more practical way to use y’all players on field goals is to put them directly behind the d line and jump to try to block the ball while it’s still low.

                                                                                  • Jackmerius Tacktheritrix
                                                                                    Jackmerius Tacktheritrix  9 months back

                                                                                    Pretty sure there's a rule saying you can't boost yourself off of another player to block field goals, it's a relatively new one though i think like 10 or so years ago