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thumper
06-13-2011, 07:03 PM
Anyone else check out the old QB challenges on NFL Network
the last few days? They had some with Ben, following his rookie
year. I swear I heard him say something that I must have imagined.

But as an aside, these guys were throwing the ball 65-73 yards. How
far can you throw an official NFL football? Boomer was claiming, in a
game, he can throw the ball 80 yards. He is full of crap. He can't throw
a ball 80 yards, in a game or not. No way.

DanRooney
06-13-2011, 07:32 PM
Anyone else check out the old QB challenges on NFL Network
the last few days? They had some with Ben, following his rookie
year. I swear I heard him say something that I must have imagined.

But as an aside, these guys were throwing the ball 65-73 yards. How
far can you throw an official NFL football? Boomer was claiming, in a
game, he can throw the ball 80 yards. He is full of crap. He can't throw
a ball 80 yards, in a game or not. No way.

65 yards is very believable. 80 is full of shit coming from Boomer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8yc34vWhJI&feature=related

Here Ben lets go of the ball from his 39 and it lands in Wallace's hands at the 5 (it would probably the 3 if Wallace doesn't catch it). That's about 60 yards right there in itself. I'm sure if he were throwing in a straight line he can manage a 65-70 yard pass.

stb_steeler
06-14-2011, 12:05 AM
Ben threw 66 yards in the 2005 QB challenge.

Fire Arians
06-14-2011, 12:47 PM
jamarcus russel could prolly throw it 80 yards. problem is he'd also throw it 15 yards away from the intended reciever

thumper
06-14-2011, 02:20 PM
65 yards is very believable. 80 is full of shit coming from Boomer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8yc34vWhJI&feature=related

Here Ben lets go of the ball from his 39 and it lands in Wallace's hands at the 5 (it would probably the 3 if Wallace doesn't catch it). That's about 60 yards right there in itself. I'm sure if he were throwing in a straight line he can manage a 65-70 yard pass.

Boomer is full of shit. He couldn't throw 80 yards if his life depended on
it. Generally speaking, the average-arm strength (relatively speaking for starting
NFL QBs) all throw for around 65 and those who are built to really bomb it go for low 70s, every year. I think I'd be pushing it to toss it 50. And even then I'd probably
pull something.

thumper
06-14-2011, 02:21 PM
jamarcus russel could prolly throw it 80 yards. problem is he'd also throw it 15 yards away from the intended reciever

What a waste. He would also be getting his "purple drink" on.
He has got to be among the very worst busts of all time. Even
Ryan Leaf was the _2nd_ pick over all and not the first, so
he beats Leaf out for being a bigger bust.

Bill Cowher's Jaw
06-14-2011, 03:35 PM
Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham are probably the only two QB's I've ever seen who can throw a ball 80 yards.

thumper
06-14-2011, 03:49 PM
Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham are probably the only two QB's I've ever seen who can throw a ball 80 yards.

A few other freaks, who weren't all that good of QBs, could do it.
George? Russell?

StainlessStill
06-14-2011, 05:37 PM
A few other freaks, who weren't all that good of QBs, could do it.
George? Russell?

Kent Graham (worst pick-up of the new century) threw a very hard ball, as did Kordell Stewart but it doesn't mean jack without accuracy. Jeff George was one of those type players that fumbled the ball since he was one of the better pure passers and one of the best long balls to boot but just couldn't put it all together. Didn't he want to return to the NFL at some point last season?

thumper
06-14-2011, 06:14 PM
Kent Graham (worst pick-up of the new century) threw a very hard ball, as did Kordell Stewart but it doesn't mean jack without accuracy. Jeff George was one of those type players that fumbled the ball since he was one of the better pure passers and one of the best long balls to boot but just couldn't put it all together. Didn't he want to return to the NFL at some point last season?

George's problem was that he was immensely stupid. His physical skills
were freakish - especially how strong his arm was. It was like a trip hammer.
He could just flick his wrist and send a rocket like no one else could. Didn't
even need to wind up.

austinfrench76
06-14-2011, 11:00 PM
I was watching this as well! Ben was leading there for a while. I turned it off before it was over.

davidtrout
06-15-2011, 04:51 PM
I don't remember what year it was, but I saw Brett Favre throw the ball over 80 yards several times in one of those things.

thumper
06-15-2011, 07:37 PM
I don't remember what year it was, but I saw Brett Favre throw the ball over 80 yards several times in one of those things.

If he had the wind. Boomer couldn't do it in a hurricane.

BigRick
06-15-2011, 11:24 PM
George's problem was that he was immensely stupid. His physical skills
were freakish - especially how strong his arm was. It was like a trip hammer.
He could just flick his wrist and send a rocket like no one else could. Didn't
even need to wind up.

Totally correct. Saw him play in high school, he had a cannon for an arm. Always said he had a million dollar arm and a ten cent brain. Another guy who comes to mind who could chuck the ball in the 80 yard range was Jim Plunkett.:helmet:

thumper
06-16-2011, 02:51 PM
Totally correct. Saw him play in high school, he had a cannon for an arm. Always said he had a million dollar arm and a ten cent brain. Another guy who comes to mind who could chuck the ball in the 80 yard range was Jim Plunkett.:helmet:

I met Plunkett on a plane ride to Vegas Super Bowl weekend. He had already
been retired at that point. Also, Jerry Lewis was on the same plane and me and
my bro spoke to Jerry and Jim asked if that was Lewis and what did we talk
about. Lewis told us, "I got socks older than you." Plunkett had a nice deep
ball.

http://www.hoffco-inc.com/sb/img/gms/15-plunkett.jpg

finesward
06-17-2011, 03:37 PM
How
far can you throw an official NFL football?

How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?

Coach woulda put me in 4th quarter....

BigRick
06-17-2011, 11:25 PM
I met Plunkett on a plane ride to Vegas Super Bowl weekend. He had already
been retired at that point. Also, Jerry Lewis was on the same plane and me and
my bro spoke to Jerry and Jim asked if that was Lewis and what did we talk
about. Lewis told us, "I got socks older than you." Plunkett had a nice deep
ball.

http://www.hoffco-inc.com/sb/img/gms/15-plunkett.jpg

Must have been an awesome flight with those two guys. If they ever rerun them check out the NFL"s strongman competions when Webster and Kolb particapated.:tt03:

wootawnee
06-19-2011, 07:10 PM
Bradshaw could throw one 80 yards without taking a forward step..........