Bizarre 'Butt Punt' May Lead to Endorsement

Miami Dolphins punter kicks one straight into the rear end of a teammate
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2022 12:15 PM CDT
Weird Play Introduces New 2-Word Term to NFL
Miami Dolphins punter Thomas Morstead sees the ball go backward after attempting a punt late in the game Sunday. It went off a teammate's butt.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

They're calling it the "butt punt." A weird play in the NFL on Sunday has been so dubbed by outlets including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. It took place in Miami, late in the Dolphins' game against Buffalo. Thomas Morstead punted from his end zone, only to see the ball hit teammate Trent Sherfield squarely in the butt, then carom up and out of the back of the end zone for a safety. (Watch it here.) The mistake, which resulted in two points for Buffalo, did not cost Miami the game as it held on for a 21-19 win. Still, the play is resonating.

"Never seen a butt punt before," Miami receiver Tyreek Hill said after the game. "Next time, he’s going to catch it with his butt cheeks because he’s got strong butt cheeks." Sherfield himself tweeted that "My cheeks have a big W tatted on them." The play also drew the attention of former NFL QB Mark Sanchez, who became famous for the "butt fumble" a decade ago. "Woah… stay out of my lane bro," he tweeted. Toilet paper maker Charmin also chimed in, suggesting that the play might result in an endorsement deal for Sherfield, or at least some free toilet paper. "Those cheeks are going to need something soft," the company wrote. "Check your DM's." (Read more NFL stories.)

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