NFL world goes nuts over 'God amongst men' Aussie
Australian punting sensation Michael Dickson has once again lit up the internet with his incredible kicking show sending NFL fans wild.
The former Aussie rules exponent continues to wow American crowds on a weekly basis and he was up to his usual tricks in the Seattle Seahawks’ match against the San Francisco 49ers.
Dickson’s kick in the first quarter was pure artistry as he bombed a punt from halfway that bounced centimetres away from the end zone.
The Aussie’s pin-point kick saw the ball land one yard out, before taking a wicket bounce back towards his teammates who recovered the ball deep in 49ers territory.
Proving it was no fluke, Dickson followed it up with another miraculous punt that was downed at the two-yard line.
The Aussie’s remarkable exploits left fans in a spin on social media, with many hailing him as a frontrunner for the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award.
I’ve never seen anything like Michael Dickson in my life
— Sean Collins (@ArchdukeCollins) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson for MVP.
— Jeff Ikeda (@Jeff_Ikeda) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson for rookie of the year though right
— Bri Bart (@bribart) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson, God of Punting! #Seahawks
— Jonny (@jonnylambert94) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson is the punter equivalent to Steph Curry #SEAvsSF
— Levi Feinberg (@lfeinberg3) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson is ridiculously good at punting
— Leo (@_LashLeRoux_) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson is a god amongst man
— sedinitronic (@sedinitronic) December 16, 2018
Michael Dickson. Yet again. Amazing placement. Like dropping water balloons from a window #Seahawks
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) December 16, 2018
Dickson is on track to achieve the remarkable and make the Pro Bowl in his rookie year, although NFL players and coaches could torpedo the former Sydney AFL prospect.
The NFL announced on Friday that Dickson topped the fan vote among punters in the league’s NFC conference after his headline-making year with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cleveland Browns’ Britton Colquitt was the top overall fan vote-getter among punters in the AFC and appears set to represent that conference.
The January 27 Pro Bowl game in Orlando pits the best players from the NFC against the AFC’s best.
Fans represent only one-third of the total vote.
NFL coaches and players make up the remaining two-thirds and that tally will remain secret until December 18 when the full rosters are announced.
Two other Aussie punters, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jordan Berry and Philadelphia Eagles’ Cameron Johnston, also finished in the top 10 of the fan vote.
Berry, in the AFC, was third earlier in the vote but has dropped to sixth.
Johnston has slipped from sixth to 10th.
Overall, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees led all NFL players in balloting ahead of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley was third, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley fourth and Rams quarterback Jared Goff fifth.