Texans punter Shane Lechler hit the enormous video board at Jerry World with a booming punt in last night’s preseason game against the Cowboys.
Lechler admitted after the game that he was aiming for the video board and had a wager with teammates about whether he could hit it with a punt during the game.
“I think I’m going to win multiple dinners,” Lechler said. “I had a little wager going with some guys. I hit it twice in warmups. I felt good about hitting it on that punt, but not good enough to tell everybody not to run down the field. That’s the first time I’ve had a do-over for hitting a scoreboard.”
Although “do-over” is usually associated more with backyard games than pro sports, that’s exactly what happens in the NFL if a ball hits the video board (or other objects, like cameras on cables above the field). The play doesn’t count, the clock is re-set and they do it again.
Punters have had a little fun with aiming for the video board in preseason games, and this is the third time someone has done it. The board has only been hit once in a regular-season game, when Cowboys punter Chris Jones hit it in a game against the Saints last year.