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After NFL rule bans play he made in Super Bowl, former BSU star McClellin responds with humor

In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots’ Shea McClellin leaps over the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block a kick during the first half of the Super Bowl in Houston. Plays like it are now illegal.
In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, the New England Patriots’ Shea McClellin leaps over the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block a kick during the first half of the Super Bowl in Houston. Plays like it are now illegal.

One of the more impressive displays of athleticism in the NFL last season came courtesy of former Boise State linebacker Shea McClellin on Dec. 12 as his New England Patriots faced the Baltimore Ravens.

McClellin jumped clear over the long snapper and blocked Justin Tucker’s 34-yard field goal attempt in the Patriots’ 30-23 win. It wound up being Tucker’s only miss of the season.

“Before it ever happened, I was nervous for weeks, like, what if I get a flag or I trip?” McClellin said in an interview with the Idaho Statesman in January. “But all the film study, the practice, when it came time to do it, it worked perfectly.”

On Tuesday, however, the NFL announced such plays will be banned, citing safety risks. Just after word came out, McClellin responded with a humorous tweet.

Even a former Boise State teammate, who also is currently playing in the NFL, Bengals safety George Iloka, got in on it.

The block against the Ravens wasn’t the last time McClellin tried it. He did it in the Super Bowl against the Falcons, but got a penalty for it because he made contact with the offensive line. So, he’ll wind up as the last.

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