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Old 06-02-2012   #79
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Default Re: Brett Hartmann suspended

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Originally Posted by infantrycak View Post
I wish we had a former college or pro kicker or punter on the MB who could explain why one person can't learn to do both. It's always seemed odd to me.
me too. I did do some search around the internet and even though this is wikipedia. This is the best answer I have found

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The kicker initially was not a specialized role. Until the 1960s, the kicker was almost always doubled at another position on the roster, George Blanda, Frank Gifford and Paul Hornung being some of the more prominent examples of players who were stars at other positions as well as being known for their kicking abilities. As the era of "two-way" players gave way to increased specialization, teams would employ a specialist at the punter or kicker position. Because of the difference in techniques needed, to avoid leg fatigue, and to reduce the risk of injury, on the professional level most teams employ separate players to handle the jobs. The placekicker usually will only punt when the punter is injured, and vice-versa
(One player often handles both jobs in the Canadian Football League, which has smaller active rosters than in the NFL.) A professional team will occasionally even have a "kickoff specialist" who handles only the kickoffs and serves as a backup to the kicker who handles field goals and extra points. This is typically done to further protect a premier point-scoring kicker from injury or if he, while accurate, does not have sufficient distance on kickoffs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placeki...28vs_punter.29

maybe also teams think it is better "bang for the buck" to have two or three specialty guys( i.e kick/punter/kick off specialist) than to have one guy do all three roles and the last two roster spots are saved for a guy that will never see the field.
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