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The Nickname

Thunderfoot - The Nickname

On one overcast day, as the Detroit Lions were preparing for their showdown on ABC's Monday Night Football, Herman Weaver stepped back to punt as the special teams took the field. The punt was typical of #18 - a high, spiraling arc setting the blockers off on another 50-yard sprint. Two things were different about this punt, however. One, Howard Cosell was watching practice and two, at the highest point of the ball flight, a blast of thunder let out of the sky. The next night on Monday Night Football, with millions of fans viewing in, Howard Cosell referred to Herman Weaver as "Thunderfoot". And a legend was born.