In the 2009 preseason, quite the hullabaloo was made of a punt that left the right foot of eventually-cut Titans’ punter A.J. Trapasso’s right foot, and scraped the bottom of the JerryTron, during an exhibition between the Cowboys and Titans. This led immediately to a lot of confused faces on the field, and a little less immediately to a competition committee meeting centered around the ultimately meaningless fiasco.
Their decision to simply instate a do-over rule for punts that hit the record-breaking video board was met with some skepticism, as, at the time, many people thought that the videoboard would serve as a constant nuisance at Cowboys Stadium.
Of course, it didn’t; it hasn’t; and it’s hard to tell whether the team removing ads from the bottom of the videoboard--which hung all of three feet below the board itself--had anything to do with it, or whether it was never really an issue to begin with. Jerry made his feelings on the matter clear shortly after the game, when he accused Trapasso of trying to hit his newest, and sweetest of TVs.
"How high is high if somebody just wants to sit there and kick straight up?" Jerry asked at the time.
Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher, along with Trapasso himself, refuted Jerry’s argument then--and he still does. Beyond that, Fisher said that he is surprised that the massive nod to excess and technology hasn’t been more of a problem in the year it has been in use.
“A.J. was trying to make the football team,” Fisher said, per ESPN Dallas. “You don’t do things like that when you’re trying to make the football team. ...I guess I’d have to say I am surprised it hasn’t happened again. I’m just pleased by the response by the league to arrive at a quick solution if it does.”
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