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Indoor football player makes catch of the year

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Yes, we ordinarily mention indoor football only when it involves the L.A. KISS or Jared Lorenzen.  (Am I the only one who just envisioned Jared Lorenzen in the Paul Stanley costume?)  Something happened on Friday night that compels us to make an exception.

That something comes from the Professional Indoor Football League.  Receiver Johnny Lester plays for the Georgia Fire.  And made an impressive catch against the Columbus Lions.

As the video shows, Lester made a leaping, full-speed catch in the back of the end zone.  His rear end hit the top of the wall surrounding the field, and he did a flip out of the playing area.  He came up with the ball, and a touchdown was awarded.

Apparently, there’s no requirement in the PIFL that the player get either or both feet down.  Then again, maybe the official decided there’s no way the score couldn’t count following the effort Lester made.

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14 Responses to “Indoor football player makes catch of the year”
  1. hcat44 says: Apr 12, 2014 10:52 PM

    Nothing special. No different from an outfielder robbing someone of a HR at the wall

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 12, 2014 10:57 PM

    KISS was on Fallon last night in case you missed it.

    This is from the PIFL rulebook:

    “On a pass play, if a player gains possession of the ball while leaving the ground such as leaping and lands against the wall or goes over the wall it is ruled a completed pass if he maintains possession and completes the catch.”

    No language for going to the ground or completing the process of the catch. I guess they just trust the referees to use their brains to call what they see.

  3. godhatescleveland says: Apr 12, 2014 11:02 PM

    With the 5th pick in the 2014 NFL draft the Oakland Raiders select…………..

  4. orivar says: Apr 12, 2014 11:12 PM

    Good concentration.

  5. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 12, 2014 11:41 PM

    Great catch Dude.

  6. isphet71 says: Apr 12, 2014 11:56 PM

    That was sweet. I like the white ball, too. Trippy.

  7. randomguy9999 says: Apr 13, 2014 5:20 AM

    lucky he didn’t break his neck, that was crazy dangerous

  8. bmore44 says: Apr 13, 2014 6:11 AM

    Nice !

  9. 100uv says: Apr 13, 2014 8:05 AM

    Seen better.

  10. bbbmf says: Apr 13, 2014 8:31 AM

    Note how quickly the official was in position. Great play all around.

  11. slamdunk says: Apr 13, 2014 1:46 PM

    Nice grab, but I did not see a “catch of the year.”

    Similar to baseball players, he just had to hold onto the ball. In contrast, catching the ball and then/while trying to get two feet down in-bounds, that takes more concentration.

  12. axespray says: Apr 13, 2014 3:11 PM

    If only Welker put in the same effort in his superbowl appearances.

  13. bbbmf says: Apr 13, 2014 5:02 PM

    -slamdunk – getting two feet down no doubt takes concentration but is tied more to body control (the mind/body connection). This catch, as does any in which a receiver elevates in traffic requires a great deal of concentration and courage as the receiver has no idea or control over how he’s going to land after his lower half makes contact with the wall (or is contacted by a defender).

  14. abqpacker says: Apr 14, 2014 9:58 AM

    Catches like this are fairly common in indoor football.

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