Long Snappers: Looking at Football Upside Down

Jan 31, 2013

They make a living looking upside down between their legs.

The only time they get noticed is when they mess up.

Such is life for a long snapper.

In Sunday's Super Bowl, Brian Jennings of the 49ers and Morgan Cox of the Ravens will be the guys doing the snapping for punts, field goals and extra points. They have the same goal: stay completely anonymous.

Jennings has managed to remain in the NFL for 13 years — all with San Francisco — doing nothing but snapping the ball. Cox is finishing up his third year with Baltimore and he, too, hopes to carve out a long career with one very specialized skill. He's already demonstrated his toughness, finishing out a game his rookie season after tearing up a knee.