The NFL want us to trust that punters are people, too. So, how come there such disrespect from the league when punters do great things? Second-year SAINTS punter Blake Gillikin certainly feels the disrespect. Contrary to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Gillikin help with one of the biggest punts youll ever see this 81-yard bomb in the 3rd quarter, turning the field from the brand new Orleans 19-yard line completely to the opposing end zone for a touchback.
The punt had a couple of yards of roll by the end, but that has been a freaking Howitzer.
How did the NFL respond? By questioning the veracity of Gillikins methodology, and giving him a random drug test.
Punt at your personal risk, indeed. Last season, the Penn State alum had 83 punts, averaging 47.7 yards per punt (which ranked seventh in the NFL), and his longest was 63 yards.
So, why the disrespect now? The punter slander must stop.