Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano is again getting attention for his odd sense of humor on social media.
On Jan. 19 – when western Carolina was layered with snow – he tweeted a 33-second video of himself kicking a 60-yard field goal with a fragile looking snowman as his holder. He makes the kick, which is played in slow motion. The snowman’s arm disintegrates.
“Who says you can’t build a snowman AND work on your craft? Snowman hold from 60,” tweeted Gano, who’ll represent the team in the Jan. 28 Pro Bowl in Orlando.
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The video has been watched 135,000 times, liked 5,000 times and commented on nearly 1,000 times.
Among the comments:
“Quick...pay (the snowman) the league minimum before he melts!” tweeted Michael McNally.
“If a snow man can hold a kick for you, so can I. Where do I sign up?” tweeted Devin Donley of St. Stephens.
Gano made news last week when he tweeted out images of a snowman he built with his son. It was nearly 10-feet-tall and he called it Brolaf.
The Panthers announced this week that Gano is Carolina’s 2017 Ed Block Courage Award winner. The award, named for the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian, honors one player from each NFL team who shows courage on and off the field.
Gano overcame a frustrating 2016 season where he suffered a an injury to his left plant foot and yet continued to play through it, never missing a game and handling Carolina’s kickoff and field goal duties.
He led the NFL with a touchback percentage of 85.4, booming a franchise-record 70 of his kickoffs into the end zone. Gano did all this while also battling a knee injury for several weeks in the middle of the season.