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This play showed why long snappers are so secretly valuable


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Most people know they can’t play in the NFL. It is very hard. You have to normally have to be a physical abnormality: tall, wide, strong, fast, etc. You also have to overcome the fleet of other physically exceptional players vying for the same spots as you.

But one position that seems almost accessible on an NFL roster? Long snapper. Their job is to take the ball, snap it backwards, and not much more.

You could probably do that, right?

Well, turns out it’s pretty dang hard. When the Eagles lost Jon Dorenbos with a right wrist injury during today’s game against Washington, tight end Brent Celek got a taste of just how hard.

On a 46-yard field goal, Brent Celek came in as the team’s emergency long snapper.

Here’s what happened:

Yeah, see, this is why, despite how straightforward and seemingly simple the long snapper position is, Jon Dorenbos is paid more than $1 million each year to snap a football out from between his butt.

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