Watch: Florida Kicker Eddy Pineiro Makes 81-Yard Field Goal At Practice, 17 Yards Longer Than NFL Record
Eddy Piñeiro, a sophomore kicker from the Florida Gators, amazed at practice Tuesday when he drilled an 81-yard field goal to break not just the college record, but also the NFL record.
Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro Makes 81-Yard Field Goal in Practice
The longest field goal in NCAA history is 67 yards, a mark that has been reached four times, most recently by Tom Odle for Fort Hays State in 1988. The college record for longest field goal without a tee and with the more-narrow modern goal-posts is 65 yards by Martin Gramatica of Kansas State in 1998.
The NFL record for the longest field goal, however, is 64 yards, set by the Denver Broncos’ Matt Prater in 2013.
Watch Piñeiro make the incredible kick without a helmet:
— Eddy Piñeiro (@eddypineiro1) May 2, 2017
Obviously, the Florida star made this field goal without having to deal with a snap, an awkward field position or pressure from giant linemen rushing toward him, but a kick from your own 29-yard line — and not your opponent’s — is still very impressive.
This is not the first time Piñeiro has proved his kicking strength. In 2015, he made a 73-yard field goal, also during practice.
Also slightly less than two years ago, Texas kicker Nick Rose made an 80-yard field goal in practice without any pads.
Pineiro was one of the best kickers in the SEC last season. His 21 successful field goals (out of 25 attempts) tied for third among his counterparts in other teams in the conference. He also went 3-of-3 beyond 50 yards with a long of 54 yards.
Last fall, Pineiro was charged with two misdemeanors for allegedly damaging two scooters but was not arrested.
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 12: Eddy Pineiro #15 of the Florida Gators reacts after kicking a 54-yard field goal during the second half of the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)