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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