Seahawks rip Rams punter Johnny Hekker after cheap shot

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Punters aren’t usually accused of taking cheap shots against opposing players, but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday in Seattle.

Rams punter Johnny Hekker blindsided Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, knocking him down after Hekker had punted and Avril had begun to turn around and go downfield. It was a dirty play that drew a 15-yard penalty.

On another punt later in the game, Hekker fell to the ground untouched to avoid getting hit by Avril and fellow Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. After the game, Bennett said he didn’t have much respect for the way Hekker handled himself.

“He’s scared like a little girl,” Bennett said. “He’s trying to hurt Cliff. Cliff’s got a family too. He come and chips Cliff, what if Cliff blows his knee out? That’s the kind of player they’ve got on their team.”

Avril said Hekker apologized to him after the game, but Avril still wasn’t pleased with the shot Hekker took at him.

That was a stupid move by him,” Avril said. “It took some discipline, for sure, not to chase him down and do something crazy. But we still got the yards [from the penalty], so it was a positive for us, I guess.”

Hekker will likely be fined by the NFL this week, a rarity for a punter but a justifiable move by the league in this case.

119 responses to “Seahawks rip Rams punter Johnny Hekker after cheap shot

  1. A Ram taking a cheap shot? Never! That’s unheard of!

    Oh wait, they don’t have the reputation of being the dirtiest team in the NFL for nothing. Even the punter is getting in on it!

    Coward.

  2. Isn’t being a grown man terrified of other grown men to the point of throwing one’s self on the ground to avoid getting too close on television punishment enough?

  3. Jeff Fisher at the combine, interviewing an athlete:

    JF: Are you willing to play within the rules (winks twice).

    Ath: Yes… Is your eye okay?

    JF: Yes…so…you’re willing to totally play within the rules, so no biting, poking, hitting after the play, grabbing and so on (wink, wink).

    Ath: I have the utmost integrity. Your eye needs some attention, coach.

    JF: NEXT. Get this character risk off my board.

  4. What’s wrong Seahawks? You act like you just got embarrassed at home against the Rams on National TV or something…..*crickets

    Honestly, stop the whining. Your team was handled. I’m no Rams fan, but the Seahawks were manhandled. First, Bennett says he isn’t impressed with Gurley….Well, he’s the only one. Now, crying over a punter taking a cheap shot.

    Boo-hoo…. not like the Hawks don’t do it as much as anybody. Learn to lose with a bit more class than this.

  5. For all their cheap and dirty play they are still in the basement every year. Won’t root for em until Jeff Fischer and Greg Williams are sitting on their sofa’s on Sunday. Whatever team is playing the Rams, thats my 2nd favorite team of the week.

  6. I am not sure why Seahawks are mad, they know they are playing against Jeff Fisher/Greg Williams coached team. What else do you expect from there? Both are well known cheapshot artists.

  7. Unlike the cheap shot Bennett took on Dalton this year. Quit your whining. Hey, remember that INT Wilson threw in the SB. Good times (and I’m not a Rams fan so your predictable comeback won’t work on me)

  8. Whatever. Completely meaningless.
    Hawks were dominated by that defensive line and every call didn’t go there way. It was humbling.

  9. The Rams are dirty, everyone knows this.
    The Seahawks cheat, everyone knows this.
    What we did not know is that the Rams are cowards and the Seahawks are cry-babies. Good to know.

  10. I watched in amazement on the following punt. Where Hekker was genuinely scared by a couple of Seahawks that basically chested him up. Embarrassing how Hekker reacted to that.

  11. Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams are employed the the Rams. They already tore Joe Flacco’s ACL.
    ————-
    Apparently Fisher and Williams convinced a Ravens offensive lineman to roll into his own QB’s knee.

  12. iamhydrogen says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:08 PM
    But it’s definitely ok for Antonio Brown to kick a punter right in the face.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    To be fair that was a mistimed jump, not an active attempt to injure him.

  13. Seahawks need to stop the belly aching and get ready for the playoffs. Fix the run game and put on your Big-Boy pants ! We shouldn’t have lost to the Rams in the first place !!!

  14. This was only my 2nd gm watching the Rams and I have to say they are a bunch of cheap shot artist….they push the envelope and come real close on a number a late hits and they love to roll after a tackle….same with the QB hits….this is being taught by the DC IMO….hate to see a team out there trying to hurt the opponent…..someone needs to blow the punter up the next time he does stupid stuff like he did yesterday, the league put rules in the game to protect him and then he does something like this…..

  15. If Jeff Fisher’s teams were actually as good at football and winning games as they are at cheap shots, he’d be a better coach than Shula and Lombardi put together.

  16. Wow, a punter. Why to let a punter get to you. The likelihood a punter could “hurt” Avril is about as likely as the Seahawks neon green in their uniforms ever being acceptable

  17. Seahags had 57 points combined scored on them in getting swept by the Rams for crying out loud. To top it off crybaby Seahag players are crying about a punter pushing them around?
    If I were Bennett I would be more concerned about being outhustled on defense and watching my teammates being flat out dominated by the Ram’s defensive line.
    That was a butt kicking, you get to wear it Bennett. Shut up and quit crying, you sound like a little girl.

  18. The only thing worse than Seahag player griping about a punter is Seahag fan griping about the way the Ram’s play after being flat out handled by them at home. So called 12th man crying like a little girl is hilarious.

  19. It wasn’t dirty, Hekker just PUSHED Avril on the side and he fell to the ground – it was embarrassing to Avril more than anything, it wasn’t dangerous.

    Michael Bennett has proven time and time again to be an idiot – of course if 280-lb. Bennett takes a running start straight at the punter, the punter isn’t going to stand there and try to take him on head-to-head. However, that is much different, and much “dirtier”, than Hekker pushing an unsuspecting Avril on his side and causing him to fall down.

  20. Isn’t it time for all the big strong “men” here to stop acting like “little girls” and admit, football is a dirty game played by dirty players?

    It will be easy to tell who did & didn’t actually play football
    (Past Pop Warner). Those who did, get it. If you “played” and disagree then you sat down a lot and don’t understand the game at all.

  21. codythao35 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:03 PM
    Uh, Avril desreves it but again, it’s the Rams. What do you expect from Fisher and Greg? Duh!

    How does Avril deserve it?? I’ve never heard anyone, even fans of opposing teams, say he’s dirty….

    And for all those asking how a punter got the best of him, Avril turned to run and dude hit him in the back. It was cheap and dirty.

  22. Oh my goodness, what a bunch of crybabies. First, he’s not going to blow his knee out. He just go blocked from the side, and fell down. The problem was, it was behind the play. Guys get jacked up like that by full sized football players all the time. He just got pushed by a punter.

  23. I love Avril’s remark about “It took some discipline not to chase him down and do somethin krazay!”

    Best line I’ve read all week.

    I couldn’t have managed my emotions like Avril did. I would have taken Hekker out!

  24. I thought it was funny as heck & I’d bet in the locker room the Seahawks are laughing at their buddy non-stop

  25. The discipline of not retaliating and getting a penalty was the best thing that I saw in the two plays……Keeping that mindset moving forward will help in the playoffs. getting embarrassed by the Rams will ultimately help, as well. Divisional rivals are tough outs as most of the games showed yesterday………However, resetting the mental aggressive clock is good sometimes and needed to make the long grind that is the NFL……

  26. …And the Academy Award for trying to draw a personal foul call goes to Avril, Seattle Seahawks…

    Should he have pushed him, no…But, come on guys….these dudes, on a weekly basis, try to pound the living daylights out of each other…that push was nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  27. Not a Rams hater, but how is Jeff Fisher still employed as a head-coach???

    Hou/Ten. Record: 143/129 = 53% WP
    St. Louis Record: 27/35 = 44% WP

    Life-time 51% WP as HC over a 21 year span!

    Had 5 out of 17 good years with Hou/Ten where they made the playoffs. The rest were crap. All four years in St. Louis have been crap. Any other coach would have been fired a long time ago.

    Oh, and his teams have been/are some of the dirtiest in the league, yet he heads the NFL competition committee. Coincidence???

    Fisher must have something on Steve Underwood and Stan Kroenke. That’s the only explanation.

  28. Did you guys see how the Rams started WW III with the assault on Avril.

    Yea me neither. I believe the saying goes whiners gotta whine and that’s exactly what the Seahawks are doing here.

  29. Wow. I’ve heard of punters being the victim of cheap shots (I’m looking at you, Steelers), but I’ve never heard of one giving out a cheap shot until now. The Rams are so dirty that even their punter is dirty.

  30. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Dec 28, 2015 12:57 PM
    Hawks are becoming more salty than the Patriots about losses.

    ———————–

    One thing you should know is Pats don’t make excuses. They usually blame it on their execution. And you don’t see too many team take cheap shots at the Pats because they don’t act in such a dumb fashion

  31. Seahawk fan….Look, that was a hilariously funny hit by the punter and even more ROTFLMAO to see Avail and Bennett cower over the dude and he crouches like a scared little roach…Look..Seahawks had a f’up day, but its was bound to happen with all their miscues….but me and the buddies found this little gem something to laugh in our beer about…lol

  32. The video of the punter falling to the ground instead of taking a relatively soft hit from Avril is priceless. That 3 seconds of abject fear will haunt Hekker for the rest of his career, or even his life. His future children will be too embarrassed to call him father.

  33. Hekker is not going to get fined for knocking down Cliff Avirl. He is going to get fined for acting like a frightened child on the football field.

  34. Seahawks fan here. Unfortunately, we were outplayed and out coached against the Rams this time. That’s a fact. No level headed sports fan could deny that.

    But clearly it’s also a “bandwagon” thing for others to hate on the Seahawks by spouting whatever made-up facts you can think of. “Everyone knows Seattle cheats” Uh, name a recent game where there was a cheating controversy? “Cliff Avril hits dirty and is a hypocrite” Again, reference a game or a play where he has been even accused of being dirty?

    Now, if you had made references to Bennett arguably making questionable hits, or Ricardo Lockette doing the same on special teams or even made a very outdated reference to Adderall accusations, at least I would know you at least casually watch games…but what you’re saying now is just silly and shows you clearly know nothing of the sport or the team you’re harping about.

  35. dexterismyhero says:
    Dec 28, 2015 1:55 PM
    Cheap Shot? He bumped him and the fat guy fell down. Grow a pair.

    Fat guy? Cliff Avril?? Lol
    I was confused by the commentary in here until I read that. Now I realize most of you never even saw it.

  36. The punter did not cower, he went into a jui juitso defensive position. Avril was lucky he did not go after him or the punter might have choked or tapped him out.

  37. dmm416 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 2:45 PM
    Seahawks fan here. Unfortunately, we were outplayed and out coached against the Rams this time. That’s a fact. No level headed sports fan could deny that.

    But clearly it’s also a “bandwagon” thing for others to hate on the Seahawks by spouting whatever made-up facts you can think of. “Everyone knows Seattle cheats” Uh, name a recent game where there was a cheating controversy? “Cliff Avril hits dirty and is a hypocrite” Again, reference a game or a play where he has been even accused of being dirty?

    Now, if you had made references to Bennett arguably making questionable hits, or Ricardo Lockette doing the same on special teams or even made a very outdated reference to Adderall accusations, at least I would know you at least casually watch games…but what you’re saying now is just silly and shows you clearly know nothing of the sport or the team you’re harping about.

    Pats fans have dealt with this since 2001. welcome to the party pal 🙂

  38. Big talk and cheap shots, and then crawls into the fetal position when confronted? Sounds like he belongs in Minnesota next year.

  39. I have no idea how Fisher and Williams (who should’ve been banned for life after bounty gate) fly below Goodells radar. Dirtiest coaches in the league coach their players to play dirty.

  40. Seahawks are whining.
    It was barely a push and Hekker embarrassed himself with his turtle act afterwards. Having to wear that is worse than any fine.
    The real question is how does Jeff Fisher remain a head coach in the NFL? Mediocre, dirty teams aren’t exactly the stuff of legend (or continued employment).

  41. Oh please, there was no way Avril was getting hurt on that play. Whistle hadn’t blown, Avril turned his back to a defender. If you waste time worrying about an opposing team’s punter it means you aren’t thinking about their running backs, receivers or QB. No wonder they lost

  42. Ben Roethlisberger’s knee.
    Teddy Bridgewater’s concussion.
    Joe Flacco’s knee.

    Nothing new to see here. Classic Greg Williams/Jeff Fisher.

  43. Bennett is one of the last people that should be talking
    when it comes to “cheap shots”! He tried to take Dalton
    out earlier in the year.

    If you’re worried about a Punter hitting you, you shouldn’t
    be on a football field!

  44. wickfunq says:
    Dec 28, 2015 2:25 PM

    One thing you should know is Pats don’t make excuses. They usually blame it on their execution. And you don’t see too many team take cheap shots at the Pats because they don’t act in such a dumb fashion
    *****************
    As a Seahawks fan who gave nothing but respect to the Pats after the great play in the Super Bowl, I call nonsense on your post wick. I never saw so many poor winners after that game. Well, maybe I’ve seen it with 49ers fans too, but Patriot fans on this blog are just as obnoxious!

  45. What a whiner he got pushed by a PUNTER!!! If he doesn’t want to get hit he should just get out of the game now! SEACHICKEN!

  46. True to form. The Seahawks fans show up to whine some more. As for the Seahawks cheating, I see you admit to the PHD issues… all 8 of them, how about the defensive holding for 3 seasons? Watching games does help to see all the defensive holding the Seahawks were doing. Wasn’t your team just fined and punished by the league during the offseason for breaking the training camp contact rules? Breaking the rules, getting caught, but no cheating at all by the Seahawks apparently. Let me guess, that was just a small rule and everyone does it? Couldn’t you say the same thing about blocking players away from the ball, the same thing the Seahawks are crying about? You see, people do actually know the Seahawks cheat, because they were caught!

  47. Punked by a punter! lol. Why is Bennet always a big mouth savior? I get him mixed up with another big mouthed Bennet, but he’s a tight end and OUT!

  48. Mark Cuban was right when he said that the NFL was going downhill. We are saying how pathetic it has become when a punter is cheap shotting players, on a team coached by Gregg Williams and Jeff Fisher.

  49. My first reaction after watching the play was that it was funny. I’m sure things would have been different if someone had been hurt but they weren’t so I’m sticking with funny.

  50. No one on this thread played in the league You all are arm chair Quarterbacks! Move on to looking to being “GM” of a FANTASY team. Nuff said.

  51. I’ve seen Vlade Divac flop less than the Seattle player did.

    As far as calling the Rams cheap shot artists, outside of the Bridgewater hit, what other play would you call dirty? I get when Gregg Williams is your DC you will immediately get accused. That’s understandable, but I’ve watched almost every play and I just don’t see a bunch of cheap shots.

  52. It was legal. Good for Hekker. Seahawks shouldn’t complain. I believe they will share a gridiron again. That’s bad for Hekker. Seahawks will speak with their actions next time. Good for Seahawks. Wouldn’t want to be Hekker next time. So overall, good for Seahawks. Complaining will justify Hekker’s hit more. Let the next game be the time to answer. Even if it is just to get in his head, it will benefit the Hawks, unless they come across as complainers. Let the actions speak, not the words, and more often you will prevail.

  53. 2015 rankings of unnecessary roughness calls #1 Ravens with 15, Seahawks #5 with 10, RAMS #23 with 6.

    By these stats the two teams who complained the most about this hit are way dirtier than the Rams.

    Don’t hear anyone from the Seahawks talking about that cheap head shot by Irvin on Keenum that could actually have seriously injured him, not this weak blindside hit by a PUNTER on a d-lineman.

  54. Hekker is a big dude for a punter..’6″ 5…he also took cheap shot at Ravens DB Will Hill,I bet he behaves himself now,the word is out,he prob thought since he’s a punter nobody would react,like a lot of the idiots on here saying since he’s a punter Avril overreacted!

  55. dmm416 says:
    Dec 28, 2015 2:45 PM

    Seahawks fan here. Unfortunately, we were outplayed and out coached against the Rams this time. That’s a fact. No level headed sports fan could deny that.

    But clearly it’s also a “bandwagon” thing for others to hate on the Seahawks by spouting whatever made-up facts you can think of. “Everyone knows Seattle cheats” Uh, name a recent game where there was a cheating controversy? “Cliff Avril hits dirty and is a hypocrite” Again, reference a game or a play where he has been even accused of being dirty?

    Now, if you had made references to Bennett arguably making questionable hits, or Ricardo Lockette doing the same on special teams or even made a very outdated reference to Adderall accusations, at least I would know you at least casually watch games…but what you’re saying now is just silly and shows you clearly know nothing of the sport or the team you’re harping about.

    Well, I have been a Seahawk season ticket holder since the 70’s, and I can show you tons of evidence of “cheating”. Every time the Seahawk are called for a penalty, they are caught cheating. They have lead the NFL in cheating, er, penalties, for several years. They also lead the NFL in drug suspensions since pete the cheat arrived. They are cheap shot artists, evidenced by the massive amounts of personal fouls, unnecessary roughness penalties and the visual evidence. You seem to dismiss pounding Dalton into the ground, or the headshots that the defense takes, and gets called for, most of the time..

    You can dismiss the adderall cheating, or the penalties they earn, but that is still cheating. They don’t call him pete the cheat for nothing…

  56. All you punks out there trash talking the Rams and the aggressive way they play, should just wear pink year round. No way your wussy teams would have survived in the 70’s if they had the same players playing today as they did in that era.

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