Arryn Siposs lights up NFL with 'outstanding' play before ugly injury
Australian NFL punter Arryn Siposs had to be carted from the field after pulling off ‘one of the most athletic plays you’ll see from a punter’ during the Philadelphia Eagles’ 48-22 victory over the New York Giants on Monday morning (AEDT). With the Eagles facing a 4th and 16 from their own 2-yard line, Siposs was called on to the punt the ball from deep within in own end zone.
Given little room to work with, the Australian hurried to get his kick off, only to see it blocked by Giants linebacker Elerson Smith. However, the Australian rules football instincts of Siposs, who played 28 AFL games for St Kilda, immediately kicked into gear.
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The 30-year-old was the first to track down the loose ball after the ricochet, scooping it up on the run with one hand, before advancing it upfield to the 16-yard-line, just shy of of the first down marker.
Maybe the smoothest scoop by a punter ever
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Fox Sports commentator Daryl Johnston was full of admiration for Siposs’ quick reaction and athleticism. “That’s a pretty heady play by the punter,” Johnston said.
“That’s very athletic to scoop that up. He had the potential to get towards the first down, but goes out short a couple yards. A very athletic play and almost an amazing conversion right there.”
Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was among a host of NFL fans and pundits who were also quick to praise Siposs on social media. “What does the punter do? Saves the day!,” McAfee said in a video posted to Twitter. “Then gets demolished right before the first down.”
A LOT of nightmare punting stuff going on in this Giants/Eagles game..
Backed up punt blocked… WHAT DO YOU DO?
Scoop and RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/3uPrRsGHrS
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 11, 2022
Outstanding skill from Siposs here after the blocked punt, footy talent on clear display, but he left the field on a cart after the big hit. pic.twitter.com/VlbKBcQQFi
— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) December 11, 2022
Arryn Siposs with one of the most athletic plays you’ll see from a punter pic.twitter.com/OpUnT5OwrC
— Tommy CNY (@TommySladek) December 11, 2022
Did Arryn Siposs one-hand scoop that blocked punt? In his own end zone? The dip on that chip!
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) December 11, 2022
I’m still impressed by Siposs’ instincts after that punt. #PHIvsNYG
— Terrika (@SheKnowsSports) December 11, 2022
Arryn Siposs in ugly confrontation with Giants fans
Unfortunately for Siposs, the highlight reel play came at a cost. He collided heavily with a Giants player as he stepped out of bounds, causing his ankle to turn awkwardly. Many Eagles fans felt the hit that led to Siposs’ injury was late and warranted a penalty flag.
Siposs got ERASED on the sideline.
Should have been a personal foul for late hit.
I guess punters don't get that call. #FlyEaglesFly
— Don Bell (@DonBellonCBS3) December 11, 2022
Siposs had been out of bounds for 4 yards when he got hit. That not being flagged is absurd.
— Shane Haff (@HAFFnHAFF_TPL) December 11, 2022
Siposs was eventually taken from the field on a medical cart, only to cop abuse from Giants fans on the way to the tunnel. The broadcast showed Siposs returning serve with some choice words as he appeared to yell “F**k you. F**k you, you piece of s**t” in the direction of the crowd.
Eagles punter Arryn Siposs can’t believe #Giants fans are ribbing him while being carted off. “F*** you! F*** you, you piece of s***!” #TogetherBlue pic.twitter.com/BxWhvJfThX
— Will Presti (@WillPresti) December 11, 2022
Siposs did not return for the remainder of the game and was spotted on crutches and in a moon boot post game. The Australian will be determined to return from the injury setback as soon as possible, with the Eagles currently 12-1 on the season and poised for a run at the Super Bowl.
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