Jake McQuaide

Johnny Hekker unleashes his leg to keep Rams in good position

Johnny Hekker unleashes his leg to keep Rams in good position

This was the football equivalent of John Daly crushing a 350-yard drive off the tee or Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton blasting a 485-foot homer.

Punter Johnny Hekker stood at his five-yard line early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the Rams and the New York Jets locked in a 6-6 tie, and took a long snap from Jake McQuaide, who was at the 17-yard line.

Hekker swung his right leg viciously upward and found the sweet spot on the ball, launching it high into the late-afternoon sky above MetLife Stadium. Jets return man Jalin Marshall retreated to his five-yard line to make the catch, meaning Hekker’s punt traveled 78 yards, the fourth-longest in Rams...

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