Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sports Extra

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Byline: Jason Schneider, The Times-Union


Punters usually go unnoticed.

In rare circumstances, and for rare punters, there can be the type of celebrity that is usually reserved for players in more prominent positions. Reggie Roby, who died Tuesday, was that rare circumstance, the rare punter the fans loved.

Growing up a Dolphins fan, my favorite player was always Dan Marino. But my second favorite wasn't Mark Clayton or John Offerdahl. It was Roby.

There was something about Roby that appealed to a 10-year-old.

Some of it had to do with the wristwatch he wore during games. Some of it had to do with him having a different personality than other kickers. He seemed more rough and tumble.

But most of my fascination with Roby had to do with his legs. Those legs that boomed punts that always seemed to turn over at the right moment.

No matter how many times I saw it, I was always awed by how his leg would come straight up and his knee -- his knee! -- would be higher than his head.

While my friends tried to mimic Marino's release or Clayton's moves, I was trying to figure out how Roby got his leg that high. I never did figure it out, which probably had more to do with trying to be a punter in a offensive lineman's body than anything else, but I will always be mystified by the physics of those legs.


The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has hit a new low.

The first spring-training games haven't even started and already the two sides are going at it like two 12-year-olds fighting over the last bag of Cheetos.

The Yanks used to look like the worst of the two.

Now that Boston (finally) won a World Series and still hasn't stopped chirping, the BoSox are the ones starting to look like spoiled children.

Especially when the subject is Alex Rodriguez (right). …

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