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Redskins lack a punter, Sav Rocca needs a work visa

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The Washington Redskins are without a punter, as Sav Rocca is back home in Australia and waiting for his application for a work visa to be processed.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he expects the situation to get straightened out soon — and said he’d like to see Rocca marry an American if that’s what it takes.

“He’s got a job here in the U.S.,” Shanahan said. “Eventually they’ll let him go or, at least, I’m hoping they let him go. If not, I told him to get married to an American and that’ll make it easier.”

Australia’s Courier Mail pointed out that Rocca already has a wife in Australia, so that’s probably not a viable option.

The 37-year-old Rocca was a star in the Australian Football League before signing with the Eagles in 2007. After four years in Philadelphia he signed with the Redskins last week.

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20 Responses to “Redskins lack a punter, Sav Rocca needs a work visa”
  1. seabreezes51 says: Aug 4, 2011 7:28 AM

    Attaboy Shanahan!
    Would you be as ready to marry Sav up if he was a Mexican?

  2. ICDogg says: Aug 4, 2011 7:28 AM

    I remember this from a couple of months back. He was unable to apply for the work visa as long as he didn’t have a job, and he couldn’t get a job as long as the players were locked out. He must have filed the paperwork immediately following the Redskins’ hiring him.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Aug 4, 2011 7:29 AM

    I know Shanny was being funny. However, I’m an American trying to return home with my lovely Australian bride of 11 years, and it’s not as easy to get that visa as Shanny seems to think. Not at all.

    Sorry about that. We may now return to our regularly scheduled football.

  4. cliverush says: Aug 4, 2011 7:31 AM

    If he was an illegal he could enter through Massachusetts and receive free medical care, housing, food stamps, (aka- ETB card), cell phone service, no punishment for motor vehicle violations, and a safe haven from the Mayor of Boston “Mumbles” Menino.

  5. mightymightylafootball says: Aug 4, 2011 7:32 AM

    More evidence that, over at the Redskins front office, whoever is in charge of checking out player backgrounds BEFORE signing is an absolute tool.

    They couldn’t have gotten word of this two weeks ago? Seriously?

    I know it’s just a kicker, but seriously, someone needs to get the boot for this. If any one of us did our “job” as badley as the legal/HR dept. at Redskins park, we’d be out on our a** inside of a week.

    Pathetic.

  6. winkeroni says: Aug 4, 2011 7:57 AM

    Is Australian football the same as American Football? No offense to punters, but typically, punters aren’t considered stars.

  7. devinmr711 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:01 AM

    Rocca is my kinda punter. I liked him in Philly because I like punters that don’t shy away from hits. Wait it out for him Shanny. HTTR!!!!!

  8. broncobeta says: Aug 4, 2011 8:08 AM

    … or how about you give that job to an American.

  9. bleedgreen says: Aug 4, 2011 8:32 AM

    winkeroni says: Aug 4, 2011 7:57 AM

    Is Australian football the same as American Football? No offense to punters, but typically, punters aren’t considered stars.
    ————————–

    Australian football essentially is Rugby. They kick the ball a lot. The main way of scoring is to kick the ball between 2 goal posts.

  10. jimmysee says: Aug 4, 2011 8:39 AM

    Homeland security — keeping America safe. Dude might be a Muslim Arab bomber terrorist.

    Or maybe the immigration quota for Australian punters is full-up.

  11. oldbyrd says: Aug 4, 2011 8:45 AM

    THIS WILL TAKE SOME SAVY

  12. seanb20124 says: Aug 4, 2011 8:51 AM

    Hey CLIVERUSH how about a aunty Zetuni party “Howie Carr”

  13. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 4, 2011 8:54 AM

    325 Million people in America and we gotta go halfway around the world to get a punter, literally on the opposite side of the planet…..hey ask him if there’s any qb’s over there, he’s going to customs anyway….

  14. newagerocker says: Aug 4, 2011 9:01 AM

    Looks like The Eagles Out-Shanahan’d Shanahan again.

  15. briank1ne says: Aug 4, 2011 9:03 AM

    Funniest headline ever.

  16. lhaveprettyfeet says: Aug 4, 2011 9:08 AM

    They took our jobbbbbbbbs

  17. Umar says: Aug 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Leave it to the Redskins to always make the most unusual headlines.

  18. birdobeamen says: Aug 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    Isn’t DC one of those cities that allows illegals to work? Or doesn’t ask them for their citizenship or something like that?

    He shouldn’t have a problem working illegally. Many others don’t.

    I don’t know how it would work for away games tho.

  19. flowbee112 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:51 AM

    cliverush says: Aug 4, 2011 7:31 AM

    If he was an illegal he could enter through Massachusetts and receive free medical care, housing, food stamps, (aka- ETB card), cell phone service, no punishment for motor vehicle violations, and a safe haven from the Mayor of Boston “Mumbles” Menino.

    Nice try but none of those services are available without a valid social security number and immigration status. Take the tea party idiocy someplace else.

  20. joyjoy69 says: Aug 4, 2011 10:54 PM

    It’s not like anyone in America really wants the job of being a punter anyway…

    In all seriousness though, did Shanahan really publicly advocate for Rocca to commit Marriage Fraud?! Wow! that’s pretty over-the-top! Even as a joke, it’s a criminal act – not hat he should be prosecuted for it.

    I wonder if Shanahan knew Rocca was married when he made the comment, or is he really that disconnected from the players he is bringing in?

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