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.”
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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.