Found September 27, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Shane Lechler
TEAMS: Oakland Raiders
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A lot of people may not realize it, but the NFL actually has separate balls for kicking and passing. Quarterbacks do not throw the same footballs that kickers and punters kick and vice versa. Casual fans watching at home have no reason to know the difference, but one might think this information would be important for the officials, right? Not the replacement refs, of course. During a recent interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, Raiders punter Shane Lechler talked about some of the issues that went along with playing in a game that was being called by replacement officials. It turns out punters are not exempt from the frustration. “My first punt down in Miami, if you were watching the game, of course I saw it because on the first punt of the game, the (ref) refused to put the kicking ball in the game,” Lechler explained. “Then you go and kick a quarterback ball, with me being the punter, you only touch the ball for about a second. There’s no way to know. I tried to hit th...
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