Things I Would Like To Know About the Brian Moorman Experience

Chris IngersollCorrespondent IJune 13, 2009

ORCHARD PARK - NOVEMBER 30:  Brian Moorman #8 of the Buffalo Bills punts the ball during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on November 30, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Picking the Buffalo Bills player I'd most like to interview was an easy choice.

You can have your T.O. and Trent, your Leodis and Langston.

I'll take superstar punter Brian Moorman.

Moorman has distinguished himself as one of the NFL's best punters, considered by many Bills fans to be the team's most valuable player over the past few seasons.

His mastery of the ever changing weather conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium has earned the respect of fans and players alike, as he earned Pro Bowl honors following both the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

The Bills organization has also taken notice, giving Moorman a $10 million contract extension through the 2012 season.

But what really separates Moorman from his peers is the rare athleticism he brings to the position. His touchdown pass to Ryan Denney in the 2008 season opener against Seattle is the stuff of legend.

Here's what I would ask this renaissance man's punter, should I have the opportunity.

Brian, you've gained a cult-like fan base in Buffalo usually reserved for players in more prominent positions. They've even got a name for themselves, "the Moormanators." This kind of love is unheard of for punters. Why do you think that is and what does it mean to you?

I think the fact the crowd cheers when their own punter comes onto the field is pretty fascinating and I wonder what his take on that is.


When you go out with your teammates, do people recognize you first and, if so, do your teammates feel slighted?

Basically, if he were single, would he be Goose or Maverick?


Ralph Wilson Stadium is the toughest place to punt in the league, with its swirling winds and often wet or freezing conditions. What signs or patterns do you look for that help you decide how and where to kick the ball?

This may be confidential notebook material I'm treading into here but I'm curious.


You're a true athlete playing the punter's position, having been a three-time state hurdling champion in high school. You were even invited to compete in the 2006 Pro Bowl Skills Competition normally reserved for the "skill" positions. Do your teammates give you a level of respect that might not be afforded most punters?

A lot of players scoff at the notion of calling a guy who might only play four or five plays a game a true player. I wonder if it's different for Brian?


Because of your athleticism, you've become yet another weapon for Bobby April's special teams unit. You've made clutch plays running, throwing and even tackling. How much confidence does the coaching staff have using you to make those types of plays and how much freedom do you have to call your own shots?

If he decides on his own to scramble for a first down instead of kicking and doesn't make it, how short of a leash is he on?


Along with your wife, Amber, you started the PUNT Foundation that provides support to Western New York families with children facing life threatening illnesses. Do you think the level of popularity you've attained has helped spread the word about your cause?

I'd think it would be easier to pull in support for a cause if you have a marquee name like Jim Kelly. I wonder if it was harder for Brian to get his message out as a punter and if his rise in popularity has helped that.


And finally, what were you thinking as the late Sean Taylor prepared to steamroll you in the 2006 Pro Bowl?