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ottercreek
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Forgive me for not actually having the video. I did many google searches. Where this video is is in Ocean City, Maryland at the Ripley's Believe it or not Museum. It was the video on the outside screen that tries to get people to buy a ticket to go in. In any case, has anyone seen this video and is it real?
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Oddly enough, CNNSI is running a photo gallery on a legless high school football player today. I don't know if this is the same one that's showing at the Ripley's but it at least shows it's possible.

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LittleDuck
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It doesn't surprise me. There is also an amateur wrestler who had no legs. (At least one...I think I read it on the boards so feel free to chow)

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Originally posted by Gibbie:
Oddly enough, CNNSI is running a photo gallery on a legless high school football player today. I don't know if this is the same one that's showing at the Ripley's but it at least shows it's possible.

Gibbie

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It's halftime of a game in Dayton on Sept. 16 -- Colonel White High against Mount Healthy. After Colonel White leaves the locker room, the refs approach the coaches on the sideline. Crew chief Dennis Daly announces, "Number 99 cannot play in this game anymore. He's not wearing shoes, knee pads or thigh pads."

Some people are just.... argh..... not going to say anything now, would have to wash my mouth with soap.

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STF
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The QB got sacked by this guy? No offense meant, but it's got to be hard to live that down.

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LittleDuck
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I hope they follow this story. If they want literal interpretation of the rules, he could always sew small shoes, knee pads and thigh pads to his jersey. Then he'd be wearing them.

I honestly don't know how some people can be like that (the ref) and still live with themselves. NFBSKing hateful. And it was probably because the other team bitched.

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There's a blurb in the latest Sports Illustrated about this, the conference (or whatever enforces the rules) said the referees overstepped their authority. They have cleared the legless kid to play in other games.

(I'm going from memory, so don't quote me on this!)

ETA link to story (registration required)

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TuFurg
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quote:
Originally posted by STF:
The QB got sacked by this guy? No offense meant, but it's got to be hard to live that down.

I don't know about that. Never played, but I'd imagine a 3 foot legless guy might be easy to miss.
If not, it might freak a guy out enough to throw him off his game.

I'm surprised those SI pics haven't made their way here. Interesting indeed.

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Unusual Elfin Lights
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This is great, this thread was chowed, to the other thread chowed to here. A circular chow.

"C'mon fellas, let's sit in a circle, and chow each other..."

Alright, I'm done being silly. I can easily see the QB getting sacked by this athlete. I'm right handed. When I was playing football, I was quarterback. If I had a play action, with the pass to the right, I never could keep aware of what was happening on the left, or as my body had it, to my rear. I was not sacked often, but when I was, the majority of them, and the most jarring of them, were from my rear (left).

So our athlete might very well have been blitzing from the offhand side of the quarterback, and the good ole QB did not see it coming.

Entirely credible.

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STF
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quote:
Originally posted by TuFurg:
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Originally posted by STF:
The QB got sacked by this guy? No offense meant, but it's got to be hard to live that down.

I don't know about that. Never played, but I'd imagine a 3 foot legless guy might be easy to miss.
If not, it might freak a guy out enough to throw him off his game.

I'm surprised those SI pics haven't made their way here. Interesting indeed.

Somebody would have to be responsible for blocking him though. At that point I find it hard to imagine that the QB couldn't avoid him. I will say though that I respect the hell out of this guy. He's a fighter and a tough son of a gun. I wish him nothing but good things from here on out, but I still can't imagine that he managed to sack any quarterback. That is unless a particular QB just liked to hold the ball for an unreasonably long time.

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Ulkomaalainen
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This guy has one advantage though. He knows his stuff, you do usually not have legless opponents. First play, you probably just have no idea what he's gonna do and what you're gonna do about it. Whoops, a sack. After that, it gets tougher for him, but he'll still keep an edge with surprises. Still, of course he would be handicapped in the very meaning of the word, but I have no reason to believe that he can't sack a QB.

Ulkomaalainen

ETA: Inserted the negation whose missing caused confusion a few posts downwards.

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STF
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quote:
Originally posted by UE Loyalist:
So our athlete might very well have been blitzing from the offhand side of the quarterback, and the good ole QB did not see it coming.

I would think the QB in question would have some pitiful pocket awareness if the ball isn't out before this cat manages to blindside him though.

ETA: I'm not saying that he could never sack an opponent though. I should say I didn't mean to imply that and it appears I have.

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Could the QB have been scrambling to avoid a legged sacker and run close enough to the legless sacker to be sacked?

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quote:
Originally posted by Ulkomaalainen:
This guy has one advantage though. He knows his stuff, you do usually not have legless opponents. First play, you probably just have no idea what he's gonna do and what you're gonna do about it. Whoops, a sack. After that, it gets tougher for him, but he'll still keep an edge with surprises. Still, of course he would be handicapped in the very meaning of the word, but I have no reason to believe that he can sack a QB.

Ulkomaalainen

Why could he not?

During a blitz the defensive line and linebackers will rush the offensive line and quarterback. So you have likely 7 guys rushing an offensive line of say 5. Those lineman have to take someone, so do you take a or b. If number 99 has legs, then you try to take the one who is the biggest threat. However, number 99 in this case could automatically be considered the lower threat, and by default, have limited coverage. Thus, he would be free to advance.

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Originally posted by STF:
I would think the QB in question would have some pitiful pocket awareness if the ball isn't out before this cat manages to blindside him though.

High school football has quarterbacks like that. I could easily get tunnel vision and get blindsided...that is why I am not in the CFL.
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TuFurg
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quote:
Originally posted by STF:
quote:
Originally posted by TuFurg:
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Originally posted by STF:
The QB got sacked by this guy? No offense meant, but it's got to be hard to live that down.

I don't know about that. Never played, but I'd imagine a 3 foot legless guy might be easy to miss.
If not, it might freak a guy out enough to throw him off his game.

I'm surprised those SI pics haven't made their way here. Interesting indeed.

Somebody would have to be responsible for blocking him though. At that point I find it hard to imagine that the QB couldn't avoid him. I will say though that I respect the hell out of this guy. He's a fighter and a tough son of a gun. I wish him nothing but good things from here on out, but I still can't imagine that he managed to sack any quarterback. That is unless a particular QB just liked to hold the ball for an unreasonably long time.
True, but how would they go about blocking him? I'd imagine they would end up on the ground where he would then have the advantage of being able to maneuver better or at least regain his ground quicker than the blocker.

It would be interesting to see some clips. How do you go about nailing this guy if neccesary and not be a bad guy? No doubt he can take it but I would think it would be pretty odd.

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With respect to the original post, it would seem odd for a legless player to play LB. The man described in the SI piece plays nose tackle which allows him to line up next to the lineman. Leverage is key to playing that position and being low may help offset the disadvantage of having no legs. At LB he would be required to have a lot more mobility. In addition, I could forsee a situation where a QB forced forward in the pocket could run in to him and get sacked as opposed to him being a LB where he would have to get accross the line of scrimmage from his LB position and chase down the QB.
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Ulkomaalainen
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Hi,

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Originally posted by UE Loyalist:
quote:
Originally posted by Ulkomaalainen:
(...) I have no reason to believe that he can sack a QB.

Why could he not?
basically because I made a typo there. It was meant to say "can't", not "can"... now that's a classic.

Ulko "or not" maalainen

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