Houston punter Shane Lechler hit the HD board at AT&T Stadium Thursday night. Dinner’s on his teammates.
“I think I’m going to win multiple dinners,” the Texas A&M product said. “I had a little wager going with some guys. I hit it twice in warm ups. I felt good about hitting it on that punt -- but not good enough to tell everybody not to run down the field. That’s the first time I’ve had a do-over for hitting a scoreboard.”
Lechler, in his 16th season, has 1,185 punts for 56,249 yards in his career.
He became the third punter ever to hit the video board, which now has been hit four times. His fourth-quarter punt nailed the bottom of the HD screen, which is suspended 90 feet above the playing field. It forced a re-kick.
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“I felt good about it,” Lechler said. “I’ve hit it a few times in pregame. Never really went after it in a team. That time, I did.”
Titans backup punter A.J. Trapasso hit the board in an exhibition game in 2009, the first game played at the stadium. Cowboys punter Chris Jones has hit it twice since then – in a 2013 exhibition game against the Bengals and a 2014 regular-season game against New Orleans.
NFL rules dictate a punt that hits the HD board is a dead ball, with the clock reset and the ball placed back at the original line of scrimmage.