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Bucs’ punter reminds Greg Schiano of Garo Yepremian

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On Sunday in Tampa Bay, the Chiefs blocked a punt and Buccaneers punter Michael Koenen picked up the ball and awkwardly tossed it right into the armsy of Kansas City’s Edgar Jones, who strolled into the end zone for a touchdown. Bucs coach Greg Schiano took the opportunity to give Koenen a history lesson.

The NFL Films microphones caught Schiano’s exchange with Koenen, in which Schiano surprisingly seemed more amused than angered by his punter’s idiotic play. It was Koenen who approached Schiano on the sideline and said “I shoulda fell on that one,” and Schiano then started to tell Koenen the story of Garo Yepremian.

“Alright live and learn, live and learn, right? Let’s go,” Schiano said, as shown on Inside the NFL. “Before you were born, Garo Yepremian did something like that in the Super Bowl. I’ll tell you about it later.”

In Super Bowl VII, Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian had a field goal blocked, then picked up the ball, made a lame attempt to throw a pass only to have the ball slip out of his hand, then batted the ball into the air, where it was grabbed by Redskins cornerback Mike Bass, who raced to the end zone for a touchdown.

Fortunately for Koenen, a ridiculous moment from a regular season Chiefs-Bucs game won’t go down in NFL Films infamy the same way Garo’s Gaffe did. And fortunately for the Bucs, they blew out the Chiefs anyway.

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6 Responses to “Bucs’ punter reminds Greg Schiano of Garo Yepremian”
  1. slomax10 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:39 PM

    it worked out for the fins too….the only real “perfect” season

  2. godofwine330 says: Oct 18, 2012 3:45 PM

    Because of the Late Great Steve Sabol, I know that story and have watched the Garo Gaffe numerous times. That could have been the first Super Bowl shut out, and with the D the Dolphins had, if Garo had have fallen on it the score would have been 14-0 at the end of the game.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    I’m sure Garo thinks about that play every time he looks at his championship ring.

  4. doe22us says: Oct 18, 2012 4:09 PM

    It was a funny sequence of events.

  5. bucrightoff says: Oct 18, 2012 4:26 PM

    I like that Schiano can have a good laugh about it, but I’m guessing it’d be a 180 is the Bucs were down 24-3 and not up.

  6. fin1fan says: Oct 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    Garo was a BIG part of the wins that team got that year, especially an OUTDOOR game in Minnesotta where his 3 early field goals allowed them to win with a late TD pass to Jimmy Mandich….and Garo’s Super Bowl ring still says PERFECT!!!

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