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RIP Tom Dempsey

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Vombatus, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Long time holder of the FG record of 63 yards.

    He contracted the virus while in a retirement home in Louisiana.
  2. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

    God bless NFL Films...
    God bless Billy Kilmer for being part of this clip...
    God bless it was an absolutely amazing catch on an out on a typical Kilmer duck that set up this kick...

    Fucking video shows him with kids at the end.

    I don’t give a shit. Sixty-three is still the record.

  3. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Lined up on his own 37 for the kick. Broke the old record by seven yards. What a story.
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  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I remember someone on here posted a story in which Dempsey said some people have told him he was a one-hit wonder. His quote was something like, “Yeah, I did it once. What have you ever done?” Always liked that quote.

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  5. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    One bit of trivia I liked was that he also kicked the shortest possible field goal at the time in the same game ... 8 yards.

    RIP, for sure. Seems like the last few years were quite a challenge, health-wise.
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  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    [​IMG] Alex Karras, beset by age and knee injuries, was playing what turned out to be his final games that fall, and was always given to making jokes about kickers (especially "gimps" or "European soccer midgets" screaming "I keek zee touchdown!!"), later said he was "doubled over laughing" as Dempsey lined up for the kick. But photos of Dempsey making contact with the ball show Karras only a couple yards away, diving full out to block it.
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  7. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    That photo also shows Dempsey’s foot in detail, which didn’t have any toes.
  8. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Obscure trivia: Who was the holder?
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    He was also missing fingers on one hand.
    A lot of people wanted to make him some kind of symbol for disabilities, a role he handled well for the short term, but really wasn't suited for in the long run -- he was kind of a rough tough unpolished kind of guy, not really an ideal PR spokesman.
    Also, he wasn't a great kicker, a perennial all-pro or anything like that. But he did hang around the league for quite a few seasons (not really ever kicking for contending teams).

    And he had one moment that became a legend.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I remember in the immediate aftermath of Dempsey's kick, there was some pissing and moaning from certain grouchy old man commentators claiming his deformed foot gave him some kind of unfair advantage and his record should have an asterisk or something.

    I very vaguely recall that the special shoe he wore to boot the 63-yarder did have a metal plate in the base, and I think the NFL may have quietly changed rules later requiring such plates to be made out of molded rubber or plastic instead.

    But they never put any asterisk on the record.
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  11. matt_garth

    matt_garth Active Member

    New Jersey’s own Joe Scarpati, a DB.
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  12. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Yes. And 25 interceptions in 96 career games.
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