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#1 Posted on 30.9.03 1459.41
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Alright, this is a purely hypothetical question, and I don't mean offense to anyone.

Here goes, let's say Zach Gowen got signed by an NFL team. If you didn't know Zach has one leg. In the NFL, you need two feet on the ground and in bounds with control of the ball to be down. Now of course one knee=two feet. So he could kneel the ball. But let's say Zach is a WR, he gets thrown the ball, starts hopping around and gets nailed by Romanowski. He drops the ball. Is it a fumble or an incompletion?

(edited by kgriffey79 on 30.9.03 1300)
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#2 Posted on 30.9.03 1507.09
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I say if he gets his one foot down TWICE inbounds, then it's a fumble. If he jumps, catches the ball, comes back down but doesn't get another hop/step in, then you could say it's an incomplete.

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#3 Posted on 30.9.03 1555.56
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I'd say he'd never catch a pass because he'd never be open. This scenario cannot possibly occur. Never.
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#4 Posted on 30.9.03 1906.41
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    Originally posted by pieman
    I'd say he'd never catch a pass because he'd never be open. This scenario cannot possibly occur. Never.


That exact scenario couldn't.. but I wouldn't be shocked if someone with a prosthetic leg(maybe below the knee) ended up playing in the NFL, sometime in the next 10 years. Or at least a Kerry Von Erich style prosthetic foot.
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#5 Posted on 30.9.03 2018.20
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Ummmm... how about Zach Gowan - San Diego Chargers 3rd WR? David Boston can carry him piggy-back style, and then midway through his route, Zach can jump off and catch a pass. What cornerback would ever be ready for that?

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#6 Posted on 30.9.03 2018.59
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    Originally posted by pieman
    I'd say he'd never catch a pass because he'd never be open. This scenario cannot possibly occur. Never.


He'd never be open? He could be a WR, the corner could blitz in some kinda zone defense, and Zach could be thrown the ball at the near the line of scrimmage.
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#7 Posted on 1.10.03 0704.00
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    Originally posted by Jaguar
    I say if he gets his one foot down TWICE inbounds, then it's a fumble. If he jumps, catches the ball, comes back down but doesn't get another hop/step in, then you could say it's an incomplete.

    -Jag





He'd fit better in college football than.....
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#8 Posted on 1.10.03 0710.08
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    Originally posted by kgriffey79
    Alright, this is a purely hypothetical question, and I don't mean offense to anyone.

    Here goes, let's say Zach Gowen got signed by an NFL team. If you didn't know Zach has one leg. In the NFL, you need two feet on the ground and in bounds with control of the ball to be down. Now of course one knee=two feet. So he could kneel the ball. But let's say Zach is a WR, he gets thrown the ball, starts hopping around and gets nailed by Romanowski. He drops the ball. Is it a fumble or an incompletion?

    (edited by kgriffey79 on 30.9.03 1300)


Well I'm going to assume that if he is hopping around that he has possesion of the ball and that the hopping would constitue a, how do they word it in the rule book, an offensive movement, I know thats not right.
It would be similar to the judgement calls that officials have to make on a regular basis with bang bang plays. Has he caught the ball and started to move forward. Yes, fumble; No, incomplete. I'm going to say that the hopping would make it a fumble.
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#9 Posted on 1.10.03 0732.55
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    Originally posted by Melon' Head
      Originally posted by Jaguar
      I say if he gets his one foot down TWICE inbounds, then it's a fumble. If he jumps, catches the ball, comes back down but doesn't get another hop/step in, then you could say it's an incomplete.

      -Jag





    He'd fit better in college football than.....


There is some kid on I think San Diego State (or for a college out in CA) who is playing with a prostethic leg right now, he is a 5th year who lost the leg in 2000 when some guy caved his leg in. and plays on special teams. I can't remember his name.
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#10 Posted on 1.10.03 0812.43
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    Originally posted by kgriffey79
      Originally posted by pieman
      I'd say he'd never catch a pass because he'd never be open. This scenario cannot possibly occur. Never.


    He'd never be open? He could be a WR, the corner could blitz in some kinda zone defense, and Zach could be thrown the ball at the near the line of scrimmage.


Good God, this is a stupid thread.
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#11 Posted on 1.10.03 1139.34
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    Originally posted by wordlife
      Originally posted by Melon' Head
        Originally posted by Jaguar
        I say if he gets his one foot down TWICE inbounds, then it's a fumble. If he jumps, catches the ball, comes back down but doesn't get another hop/step in, then you could say it's an incomplete.

        -Jag





      He'd fit better in college football than.....


    There is some kid on I think San Diego State (or for a college out in CA) who is playing with a prostethic leg right now, he is a 5th year who lost the leg in 2000 when some guy caved his leg in. and plays on special teams. I can't remember his name.


Neil Perry is the kid's name, and he goes to San Jose State. He's gotten in on one play so far this year. I heard him on the Dan Patrick Show (on ESPN Radio!) He seems very well adjusted to his ordeal. Tremendous heart coming back from that.

http://college.espn.go.com/ncaa/clubhouse?collegeId=23
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#12 Posted on 1.10.03 1815.27
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by kgriffey79
        Originally posted by pieman
        I'd say he'd never catch a pass because he'd never be open. This scenario cannot possibly occur. Never.


      He'd never be open? He could be a WR, the corner could blitz in some kinda zone defense, and Zach could be thrown the ball at the near the line of scrimmage.


    Good God, this is a stupid thread.

It's a hypothetical question? Do you know what hypothetical means? I am testing the rules of the NFL. I was curious. If you think it is stupid, don't respond to it.
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#13 Posted on 1.10.03 1826.23
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You are right of course. I should never have responded.
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