Player O The Week: Herman Weaver 1978
October 12th, 2008 @ 3:15 am by Cliffe | Sorted Old Sport |
After getting romped 44-6 last week by the Giants, the Hawks are looking to regroup today against the Packers.
Perhaps they need only look back for inspiration — namely to punter Herman Weaver.
Or you may remember him by his nickname… “Thunderfoot.” So how did he get this wickedly awesome nickname
? I’ll let his website thunderfoot18.com
On one overcast day, as the Detroit Lions were preparing for their showdown on ABC’s Monday Night Football, Herman Weaver stepped back to punt as the special teams took the field. The punt was typical of #18 – a high, spiraling arc setting the blockers off on another 50-yard sprint.
Two things were different about this punt, however.
One, Howard Cosell was watching practice and two, at the highest point of the ball flight, a blast of thunder let out of the sky. The next night on Monday Night Football, with millions of fans viewing in, Howard Cosell referred to Herman Weaver as “Thunderfoot”. And a legend w
|Herman “Thunderfoot” Weaver, Seattle Seahawks, Punter, Topps, 1978.