Former AFL star Arryn Siposs set the NFL world on fire after being branded the “fastest punter in history” after a stunning tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
Siposs, who played 28 games for St Kilda before moving to the United States to forge a new career, saved a touchdown after a blocked field goal attempt in Philadelphia’s 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The 28-year-old saved the ball for kicker Jake Elliott when Vikings cornerback veteran Patrick Peterson parried the attempt with a desperate, acrobatic jump.
Kris Boyd collected the loose ball and lifted it, sure to score a touchdown before Siposs came out of nowhere to mow it down with a textbook rugby-style leg tackle 30 yards from the line.
And didn’t the top NFL pundits love it?
Pat McAfee, cult punt hero and TV personality, simply posted a GIF of a running cheetah on his Twitter page, and top scouting analyst Matt Miller responded with quite the compliment: “Fastest punter in NFL history. “
Broadcaster Sean Greene called it a “fucking tackle,” while prominent Philadelphia radio host James Seltzer declared, “Siposs is better at tackling than he is at punting.”
Considering the Eagles managed an interception on the next drive, it was a big moment in the game — a point not lost in the NFL world.
Funnily enough, the touchdown-saving game came after many Eagles fans got bogged down in the unfairly vilified star.
Now they have changed their mood.
After an impressive collegiate career with Auburn from 2018-2020, Siposs was drafted by Detroit as an undrafted free agent after the 2020 NFL draft.
He immediately experienced the cutthroat nature of American football when he was cut and re-signed three times within seven months of joining the team.
His career was revived when the Eagles signed him ahead of the 2021 season and he made his season-opening debut.
Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field is 10,000 miles (16,552 kilometers) from Melbourne — quite a distance to explain the incredible journey Siposs made after a somewhat humble AFL career for the Saints.
The silky smooth striker has scored 22 goals in his 28 games for the club and looked like the perfect match for the legendary Nick Riewoldt.
But it wasn’t to be for the Melburnian after he was dropped from the list at the end of the 2015 season.
But sometimes, when a door is closed, a window magically opens — in this case, a college career that through sheer determination he turned into an unlikely NFL gig.
He is the latest in a line of Australian punters to revolutionize the position.
Mitch Wishnowsky has just signed a $19 million contract with the 49ers, while the Seahawks’ Michael Dickson is considered by many to be the best player in the league.
Cameron Johnston plays for the Texans, while Jordan Berry and Brad Wing have also made waves in recent years.
As is well known, AFL legends Sav Rocca and Ben Graham enjoyed great success after retiring from the United States.
The 189 cm tall, 96 kg punter lives in Philadelphia with his wife Rachel and became a father for the first time in November 2021 when the couple had a girl named Sadie Mae Siposs.
No matter what happens from now on, he’ll always be able to tell Sadie about the day he saved a touchdown and was dubbed the “fastest punter in NFL history.”