It’s unusual to hear about punters getting drug tested in the NFL. Apparently, the league isn’t taking any chances when it comes to saving face, which is why any punter who performs well should expect to get drug tested within 24 hours. Seriously, this is the second time this has happened this season.
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford had a career game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12. His five punts had a net average of 51.6 yards with two of those punts traveling further than 65 yards, including tying a career-high longest punt of 68 yards. On top of that, two of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line, while the Cowboys had an average return of just 3.8 yards per punt.
The fact that Weatherford has seen head coach Tom Coughlin’s bad side on more than one occasion, it’s awesome that he had a phenomenal performance that every single one of the Giants’ players can be happy about. Obviously, it would have been better if New York won the game, but nonetheless, still something that should be recognized.
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAffee was the first punter to get drug tested this season (and maybe of all time) after his decleater of Denver Broncos returner Trindon Holliday earlier this year on Sunday Night Football. The vicious hit was met with a huge response by his teammates, the crowd and the NFL, who posted a note in his locker the next day.
As far as evidence of Weatherford’s drug test, his tweet should explain it all:
“This is how I’m greeted when I get 2 work today. Two 65+ punts and now U wanna test me? Random? Hmm… pic.twitter.com/EmN1yANEZB”