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The best holder in football, part 3


February 5, 2021

After a successful decade as a punter and holder for place kickers for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL), Hunter Smith was traded in 2009 to the Washington Redskins.

When his new “special teams” coach touted him as perhaps the “best holder” in football, Smith had to endure some good-hearted ribbing from his fellow athletes. But he also faced some more pointed criticism from kickers and holders from other teams.

For one thing, Indianapolis played its games in a domed stadium. This meant that a larger percentage of the team’s attempted field goals and ext...

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