Found July 19, 2012 on Awful Announcing:

Punters are the kind of “football players” that fans or even their own teammates ever really place a high value on (unless you’re the Jags of course). They’re ideally only on the field for a handful of plays and they can’t block or tackle.

OR CAN THEY?

NBC 4 New York sportscaster Bruce Beck found out the hard way when he attended Giants Punter Steve Weatherford’s mini punting clinic in Long Island earlier this week.

During the clinic, a line of little kids were returning kicks when the last person chosen to participate was Beck, when this happened....




On his sportscast, Beck relived the horror, noting his sixth sense of what was about to happen, grabbing his sunglasses in the “blazing sun” and praying that he would at least make the catch.  

“And I did! I made a stunning move to break free. But moments later Weatherford was right on top of me and dropped me like a ton of bricks! I was lucky to be alive. I was fortunate not to break any bones," Beck said. 

Either prayer didn’t work out so well for Beck or the person he was praying to has a good sense of humor. 

Great job by Weatherford for seizing the moment to provide a little entertainment for the kids out there. I’m sure Beck will be his biggest fan in future broadcasts for fear of getting blindsided by the punter again. So yes, punters can indeed tackle... sportscasters. At least it's a start.

H/T Pro Football Zone 

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