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Giants5699
11-29-2012, 03:14 PM
back in the old days you could drop kick the ball from anywhere on the field for a field goal, even beyond the line of scrimmage. Is this still allowed in college and the pros. Random question to fuel a football debate with my father.

GCGiant
11-29-2012, 03:19 PM
Are we talking rugby or american football?

Giants5699
11-29-2012, 03:19 PM
Are we talking rugby or american football?
American football.

Kruunch
11-29-2012, 03:23 PM
American football.

As far as I know you can only drop kick a free kick and a punt and both have to be before the line of scrimmage and neither can result in a Field Goal ... only a Touch Back.

*EDIT* - Correction: apparently it is legal to drop kick a field goal or extra point but the ball has to hit the ground first.

https://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1481&print=y


Hall of Famer Earl "Dutch" Clark is believed to be the last player to successfully dropkick a field goal in the NFL. According to game accounts, he dropkicked a 17-yard field goal in the Detroit Lions 16-7 victory over the Chicago Cardinals on September 19, 1937.

GCGiant
11-29-2012, 03:25 PM
For whatever reason, you don't see them very often. I don't know if I've ever seen one attempted in a game, but for some reason I am thinking Doug Flutie.

Another thing that is rare is a free kick. There is a rule...or was at one time...that you can attempt a free-kick on the next play following a fair catch. If there were only a couple of seconds left until half or even the end of the game and you fair caught a punt, you could line-up on the next play and attempt a field goal unchallenged by the defense.

Kruunch
11-29-2012, 03:26 PM
For whatever reason, you don't see them very often. I don't know if I've ever seen one attempted in a game, but for some reason I am thinking Doug Flutie.

Another thing that is rare is a free kick. There is a rule...or was at one time...that you can attempt a free-kick on the next play following a fair catch. If there were only a couple of seconds left until half or even the end of the game and you fair caught a punt, you could line-up on the next play and attempt a field goal unchallenged by the defense.

Yeah Flutie was the last person to score on a drop kick (extra point).

Giants5699
11-29-2012, 03:38 PM
We saw a free kick a few years back against Arizona....

back to the drop king thing, my pops tells me that you could theoretically run down the field and drop kick a field goal. I don't think it ever happened though.

Rusty192
11-29-2012, 03:39 PM
since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBBUMnRqbo

repeatchamps
11-29-2012, 03:41 PM
since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?

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Fixed:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kCBBUMnRqbo

Giants5699
11-29-2012, 03:42 PM
since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCBBUMnRqbo

All that build up from the announcers for Rackers to totally screw up.

Rusty192
11-29-2012, 03:42 PM
Fixed:


http://www.youtube.com/embed/kCBBUMnRqbo?feature=player_detailpageall ready on top of it lol

TomCat_FIN
11-29-2012, 03:43 PM
We saw a free kick a few years back against Arizona....


Yeah and that was an epic fail. I think it was a 63 yarder that the Cards kicker didn't even kick 20 yds, LOL

Rusty192
11-29-2012, 03:43 PM
All that build up from the announcers for Rackers to totally screw up.Haha I know. And it has 2 million views too

BlueJayC
11-29-2012, 04:08 PM
We saw a free kick a few years back against Arizona....

back to the drop king thing, my pops tells me that you could theoretically run down the field and drop kick a field goal. I don't think it ever happened though.

That's a negative. Not allowed during a play beyond the line of scrimmage. Probably thinking Aussie Rules.

Astorian
11-29-2012, 04:56 PM
My understanding is that the drop kick has been dropped. It's no longer legal. But I can't remember when and where I saw that tidbit of information.

BigBlue wins
11-29-2012, 05:14 PM
American football.

I've never seen it in a football game. Rugby its done, but its still pretty uncommon. You have too many defenders on you for it to be effective often so you need to create space between you and your opposition before even attempting. Otherwise you get a blocked kick and then a possible return for a score by them. It's a beautiful play when it does work though and an easy 3 points if done at the right time against a good tackling defense.

PRGiant
11-29-2012, 05:31 PM
I remember Flutie's extra point. Blow out Patriots win lol

JesseJames
11-29-2012, 06:03 PM
does anyone know whether it is legal to put a ball back in play after a safety by drop kicking it, I know you have the right to kick it or throw it or punt it, not sure if you can drop kick it...

Astorian
11-29-2012, 10:09 PM
does anyone know whether it is legal to put a ball back in play after a safety by drop kicking it, I know you have the right to kick it or throw it or punt it, not sure if you can drop kick it...

As I said earlier, as far as I know, the drop kick is illegal. After a safety, you can place kick or punt. What do you mean by "throw it"?

stormin normand
11-29-2012, 11:30 PM
Yes it is still legal. Per NFL rulebook.
Not being a smart az I did google NFL rule book and followed the link.
I actually had saved a copy on my hard drive but have lost it.

Yes it can be used as a field goal attempt.

It MUST be attempted from behind the LOS or from the spot of a fair catch.

Last one was Flutie for an extra point as so many have pointed out.

It has not been attempted in I dont know how long for a field goal.