UFL kicker has reportedly been contacted by multiple NFL teams after smashing improbable 64-yard field goal

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The United Football League kicked off its inaugural season on Saturday and a kicker was the star of the show.

That kicker was Jake Bates and he pulled off easily the biggest play of the weekend when he kicked a 64-yard field goal with just three seconds left to play to give his Michigan Panthers an 18-16 win over the St. Louis Battlehawks. 

When you make a kick like that, NFL teams take notice and they definitely noticed what Bates pulled off over the weekend. According to the Detroit News, the Lions are one of multiple NFL teams that have already reached out about Bates. If UFL contracts are structured like most spring league contracts, that means Bates would have to finish out the season with the Panthers, but he’d be able to sign with an NFL team after that. The UFL regular season runs through June 2. 

The kick by Bates might go down as one of the most improbable field goals of all-time. The kick against the Battlehawks was his first field goal attempt since HIGH SCHOOL and he drilled it from a distance that even NFL kickers struggle with. In the entire history of the NFL, there have only been two field goals of 64 yards or more. 

The drama on Saturday started after the Battlehawks took a 16-15 lead after scoring a touchdown with just 49 seconds left to play. On the ensuing kickoff, Michigan’s Marcus Simms returned the ball out to his own 35-yard line. 

After the return from Simms, the Panthers ran seven plays on offense, but they weren’t able to do much. Quarterback E.J. Perry completed just 2 of 7 passes for 19 yards. The drive stalled at the Battlehawks’ 46-yard line with just eight seconds left to play and Michigan facing a fourth-and-6. At that point, the Panthers could have attempted a Hail Mary, but instead, coach Mike Nolan decided to send Bates out for the field goal and the kicker made the gamble pay off. 

It was an improbable kick for a multitude of reasons. For…

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Author : John Breech

Publish date : 2024-04-01 16:12:33

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