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Graham Gano should not be allowed to play kickball

Did he have to go get the ball himself? Schoolyard rules say he should have.

Carolina Panthers v New England Patriots Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Kickers are under-appreciated in the NFL, but it’s safe to say that Graham Gano’s family has a full understanding of his prowess when it comes to kicking sports balls far, and not just footballs.

The Carolina Panthers kicker took to Twitter on Tuesday to post a short video of himself and his family playing kickball. “The only rule is that I’m not allowed to kick it hard,” Gano said in the Tweet.

He kicked it hard.

Judging by the distance on that ball and what I personally remember kickball being like in elementary school, Gano PROBABLY was holding back some. Those balls are easy to kick far. But also judging by Gano’s hilarious celebration (“Home run baby!”), he didn’t pull back nearly as much as he probably could have.

I also don’t know if Gano fetched that ball, but it looks like they have a backup ball on the side there, though I’m not positive on that. It could be a different kind of ball. If you booted the ball too far in elementary, you had to hoof it all the way out there to get it yourself, at least as far as I remember.

Either way: Gano’s kids just got owned, and this should be a lesson to all of you: do not play kickball with an NFL kicker.