Wedged between the end zone pylon and the 5 yard line of any football field sits a small area of turf. It’s cleverly called Coffin Corner.
Along with sudden death overtimes, suicide squeeze plays, killer curve balls, deadly three point shooters and linemen who bury quarterbacks, this phrase further supports my claim: The lethal language of sports is riddled with references to death.
Coffin Corner featured in Sports Comic Book
Buried in the #9 spot of my sports comic book Deadly Sports Stuff, Coffin Corner comes into play whenever a punter attempts to kick the football out of bounds between the 5 yard line and the end zone.
A successful Coffin Corner punt can dramatically limit the opposition’s field position by pinning their offense just outside its own end zone.
NFL Punters Are Overlooked
Oft overlooked, precise punters have proven to be valuable special team players for their squads.
Former NFL punters Sean Landeta and Jeff Feagles lasted 19 and 22 years, respectively, in the league because of incredible hang times on their punts and their skill to place punts in Coffin Corner. Feagles retired as the NFL’s greatest punter ever with 71,211 total yards.
In 2014, former Oakland Raiders Ray Guy will become the first punter ever to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Guy’s selection proves how valuable a great punter can be on a football team.
An opposing team starting a drive inside their own 5 yard line may never witness actual caskets at their end of the field.
However, a team’s bad field position may prove the kiss of death at a crucial time in the game when they desperately need good field position in order to start a drive.
That’s when football’s Coffin Corner can be one of the deadliest places in a crucial NFL game. Enjoy the Halloween Weekend and today’s Friday Sports Funny!
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