January 8, 2011 |
The magic man is in his element. He's working a crowd in the back room of a Philadelphia sports bar, his baseball cap turned backward and the sleeves of his sweat shirt pushed up over his thick forearms. A dozen men are huddled around him, transfixed. That's not because he's Jon Dorenbos, long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles. It's that he's holding a deck of playing cards, effortlessly riffling them with one hand, sometimes shooting them to the other in a graceful arch. Fanning the cards, Dorenbos has one of the men select one, sign it with a felt-tip marker, then put it back in the deck.
March 4, 1992 |
Proving once again that wherever Chuck Knox goes, Blair Bush is soon to follow, the Rams made the 14-year veteran center their first Plan B acquisition of the Knox era by signing him to a one-year contract Tuesday. In 1983, one of Knox's first moves as the Seattle Seahawk coach was to trade a No. 1 pick for Bush, who started and was the long-snapper there for six seasons before moving to the Green Bay Packers in the 1989 Plan B period.
October 17, 1985 |
They may not be the type who become bubble-gum card heroes, but no football coach will ever discount the value of a good long snapper. Without a player who can make like Johnny Unitas while standing on his head, a Rafael Septien or a Ray Guy would be worthless.
August 28, 2013 |
Long snappers are considered slightly less quirky than kickers - who are to football what left-handed pitchers are to baseball - but their makeup perfectly fits the task at hand. Take the personality of Tanner Carew, a La Verne Damien senior who has committed to Oregon and who long-snapping guru Chris Rubio believes is the best in the nation at what he does. "I would say Tanner is definitely quirky," Rubio said. "He's laid back. The first time I met him, he was telling me how he wanted to ride a wake board from Long Beach to Catalina.
January 30, 2011 |
If Tanner Gibas of Covina Charter Oak ever makes it to the NFL, those who knew him early in high school will have a hard time believing it. "I was never into sports," he said. "I never liked football. I played Gremlin flag football and didn't like it at all. My dad said, 'Try one more time.' I thought I was going to be skateboarding and go to film school to make movies because that's all I liked to do. I never thought I'd be playing college football. It's very weird. " Guess what position Gibas plays?
September 25, 2005 |
College football coaches have 85 scholarships to award, so it's not surprising that they're finally turning their attention to the most unglamorous position of all: long snapper. In the past, most coaches wanted long snappers to earn a scholarship as a walk-on. But the position's growing importance is creating scholarship opportunities. Long snapper Christian Yount of Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro accepted a scholarship to UCLA this month.