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    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.

  • #2
    Are we talking rugby or american football?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by nygfanmaybe View Post
      Are we talking rugby or american football?
      American football.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Giants5699 View Post
        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/histo...d=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.
        Last edited by Kruunch; 11-29-2012, 03:27 PM.
        I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nygfanmaybe View Post
            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).
            I don't always root for the Cowboys but when I do I wear my pink Jessica Simpson edition Romo jersey. (yes I lost a bet)

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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?

                Last edited by Rusty192; 11-29-2012, 03:42 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
                  since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?

                  [vidoe][/video]
                  Fixed:

                  Over 7000 posts, advanced member, joined March 2002. 1st post (as anonymous) was the day after Super Bowl 35

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
                    since we're talking about weird kicks. Remember this bizarre play?

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

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by repeatchamps View Post
                      all ready on top of it lol

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Giants5699 View Post
                        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

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Giants5699 View Post
                          All that build up from the announcers for Rackers to totally screw up.
                          Haha I know. And it has 2 million views too

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Giants5699 View Post
                            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.

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                            • #15
                              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.

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