Aussie star stuns 93,000 American football fans with the ‘greatest punt ever’ – as cult hero NFL commentator Pat McAfee brands it a ‘piece of perfection’
- Aussie Brett Thorson has stunned American football fans with 75-yard punt
- Fans labelled the incredible kick ‘the greatest punt ever’ and ‘punt of the year’
- Thorson’s punt set up a scoring play for his side Georgia to beat Tennessee
An Aussie dairy farmer has wowed almost 93,000 American college football fans by pulling off one of the greatest punts ever to help his side to victory.
Victoria’s Brett Thorson, who plays for the University of Georgia, kicked from his 10-yard line – and his incredible effort bounced out of bounds at opposition’s one-yard line against the highly-fancied University of Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.
Commentators were left awestruck by the 21-year-old’s 75-yard effort.
Aussie dairy farmer Brett Thorson has wowed almost 93,000 American college football fans with one of the greatest punts ever to help his Georgia Bulldogs to victory over Tennessee
Thorson (pictured) set up the scoring play by kicking from his 10-yard line – and watching his incredible effort go out of play at the one-yard line against the highly-fancied Tennessee Volunteers
‘Oh a rocket!’ one remarked.
‘It got the corner. Oh my goodness! Right in the corner! That’s a 75-yard punt at the one.
‘Holy cow! You can’t do it any better than that! That’s a game ball punt if that turns out the way you expect it for this Georgia defence.’
The freshman’s brilliant punt led to Georgia’s second score of the game, spurring them to a 14-3 lead – and the praise kept coming for the young Aussie.
American sports analyst Pat McAfee – who punted for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts for eight years – Tweeted: ‘WHAT A BOMB FROM GEORGIA. 75 YARD PIECE OF PERFECTION’.
Others labeled it ‘punt of the year’ and ‘the greatest punt ever’, with the stunning moment going viral immediately.
The 75-yard stunner is the longest of Thorson’s college career, and his coach Kirby Smart was all smiles.
‘They do an incredible job of preparing those guys for coming to the States, being part of a college atmosphere, being a part of a team. And he’s accepted that really well,’ Smart said.
Thorson (pictured), who grew up on a farm with 200 cows two hours east of Melbourne, is just the latest in a long line of successful Aussie punters journeying to the States to play football
‘I thought his punting Saturday was one of the positives in terms of the – not only the pins, but the hang and distance was really good.’
Thorson, who grew up on a farm with 200 cows two hours east of Melbourne, is the latest in a long line of successful Aussie punters journeying to the States to hit the big time.
In 2021, 53 Aussies occupied punting roster positions across 50 of the 130 Division I college teams.
Six of the seven winners of the Ray Guy Award – given to the best puncher in college football – between 2013-19 have hailed from down under.