Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A tribute to Tom Dempsey.
I had nightmares about this dude ever since they showed a clip of his record setting winning field goal.
The dude was born with no toes (life's hard) and half an arm (you don't need arms to kick field goals). He was a straight on field goal kicker, as opposed to soccer style. There are no straight on field goal kickers anymore in the NFL.
On November 8, 1970, he kicked a 63-yard field goal (this record was tied in the late 90s) to beat the Lions at the end of the game. Some thought he had an unfair advantage because he had no toes. He probably did.
"In 1977, the NFL added a rule, informally known as the "Tom Dempsey Rule," that "any shoe that is worn by a player with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe.""
Watch the video on youtube if you don't believe me. (enjoy!)
Posted by Steelpotluck at 12:43 PM