Alright, y’all — what is the sport of football coming to nowadays? One high school football game over the weekend has many of us scratching our heads.
If you have been on social media at all recently, you may have seen a video on your feed that shows a high school football player going full WWE mode to make a block. Our friends over at On3 Recruits have the video so you can watch the hilarious video for yourself.
“First pancake of the season,” the caption of the video reads.
For those out there who are wondering, the term “pancake block” is used by offensive linemen and coaches to describe a block that leaves a defensive player flat on his back. More times than not, when an offensive lineman can make a pancake block good things will happen. Whether that be a bigger hole opens up for the running back or the quarterback has more time to move around and throw.
“Is this WWE or high school football…?” On3 Recruits wrote alongside the clip.
What do you guys think? Was the player’s block in the video legendary or was it not very smart? Perhaps it was a little bit of both. After all, he may have looked cool doing it, but he cost his team 15 yards and a first down at the end of the day.
“The ref threw the flag, walked off like it happens every day,” one high school football fan replied. “The OL dude got up and was like…’I don’t even care, y’all know that was funny.'”
“From the top rope!” another fan said. “Would you like your pancake, extra pancaked?”
High School Football and Wrestling Share Some Similarities
Now, there has always been a fine line between football and wrestling. So, maybe the recent Jeff Hardy-style pancake block shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise.
Multi-sport high school athletes, in general, are highly sought after in the recruiting process. Competing in multiple sports shows dedication and well-rounded natural ability. As a matter of fact, there have been some pretty prominent football players who came from a wrestling background. Among the list is Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and Miami Dolphins fullback Larry Czonka.
So, what are the exact skills that translate directly from the wrestling mat to the football field? There’s obviously a number of them, but the main ones are tackling form, hand fighting, leverage, and footwork.
Throwing a big-time pancake block like the one in the video above involves at least three of those skills. And as for the part where he superman jumps on the player he just blocked to the ground? There was nothing really technical at all about that. That was just showing off.