A lot of football kickers get their start in soccer. The transition makes sense, given that soccer players develop the ability to kick a ball from range with pin point accuracy. But just because some of the skills cross over doesn’t mean all of them do.
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell found that out the hard way when he tried to bring a particularly tricky move from soccer, the Rabona”, to the NFL with an onside kick. If you’re unfamiliar with the move, it’s essentially a kick designed to trick defenders where a player plants one leg on the ground and then crosses their other leg behind it. Here’s a video of some particularly well executed rabonas.
So, with the Steelers down by 1 score with 48 seconds to go, Boswell decided to try and use the rabona technique to confuse the defense on an offside kick. Instead, he blasted the ball right into his own planted leg.
The play was ruled an illegal kick and the Ravens got the ball at the spot of the foul, sealing the loss for the Steelers. This isn’t the first time Boswell has attempted the move, and he actually pulled it off back in his college days when he played for Rice University.