The 'Wrecking Ball' Is All the Football Trick Play You Will Ever Need

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 29, 2013

Forget the "annexation of Puerto Rico," we need more of this "wrecking ball" absurdity. 

Yahoo! Sports' Cameron Smith spotted the byproduct of boredom, creativity and really cool special teams coaches.

The play before you is called The Wrecking Ball, and it features a player acting like a monkey. 

We assume you are all in on this thing after the preceding sentence, but we will continue with information on things that are far less entertaining than the knowledge that a high school football player was actually tasked with acting like a monkey. 

MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak has a full report on the hilarious play that came during Sherwood High's (Sherwood, Ore.) 62-7 win over befuddled Putnam High (Putnam, Ore.).

Apparently, the squad is routing opponents this season to the tune of 554-96 on the year. Because of all the easy victories, coaches have noticed it's been difficult to keep the attention of a team filled with seniors, so they decided to have a little fun. 

OK, they had a lot of fun. 

Coach Greg Lawrence explains to MaxPreps, "We have 32 seniors. We're trying to get of them in on special teams. We've been winning most games. We've been crushing everyone, so we've been trying to find things to make it fun for the kids."

The play was inspired by kicker Martin Layna, a young man built like a wrecking ball (5-foot-5, 240-pounds). He's supposed to take the snap directly, charge forward during the point-after-touchdown attempt then stop short and pass it to an open man in the end zone.

Things being fairly jovial at practice, an absurd suggestion actually made its way into the game. Lawrence continues, "One of our other senior linemen asked if he could come off like a monkey, pick the tee up, and hop off the field like a monkey. Our special teams coach said 'Sure, why not? Let's do it.'"

The play was more than effective; it was downright captivating. All the defense could do was sit back and watch the unexpected. Even a YouTube commenter noticed the player on the corner route was completely wide open. 

Please say this becomes a thing and catches on in the NFL. In fact, someone alert Chip Kelly to The Wrecking Ball before the end of the week. 


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