Forget that OAP in purple, move over Chad ‘whatever your surname is this week’, take a walk to the sidelines golden-boy Brady, the 2009 NFL Pre Season is all about one man.
Yes he is a rookie, but I’m not talking about Donald Brown, Shady McCoy, Mark ‘pretty boy’ Sanchez, or even the cord-fed farm boy Matthew Stafford.
The true superstar of this early preview of the 2009 NFL season is Tennessee Titans undrafted free agent punter Albert Joseph Trapasso known to the world as A.J. Trapasso.
Not content with making headlines in Week 1 of the pre-season for scoring the FIRST touchdown of the year in the Hall of Fame game (on a perfectly executed fake punt run), Trapasso decided to make the highlight reel AGAIN in week 2.
To outdo himself the former Ohio State Buckeye decided to mess up the scoreboard at the new but traditionally named Cowboys Stadium.
His skyrocket punt had to be done 0ver after he lofted the pigskin into the base of the giant scoreboard, falling to earth with snow, and fragments of moonrock dust. See below.
Trapasso was signed as a rookie free agent by the Titans on April 30 2009, after booting the ball for four years for the Buckeyes. With vet punter Craig Hentrich injured and Tennessee cutting Josh Miller earlier in the week Mr Trapasso could become the Cinderella figure of the 2009 NFL season.
On closer inspection Trapasso’s run in Week 1 (preseason) was no coincidence – the Columbus Ohio native was an outstanding high school running back at Pickerington (Ohio) High School. 3,754 yards and 50 touchdowns in High School is a set of stats to be very proud of. Trapasso was also a two time all state High School selection.
I doubt Ill write a post about a punter for another year, but with the A.J. Trapasso book still being written I cannot wait to see what is on the next page…..
Go A.J – you are my new rookie punting hero !