The UFL and Long Snappers

As a long snapper, there have historically not been many places to play professionally outside of the NFL.  Indoor leagues do not use a traditional snapper, except for a short snapper who is usually a lineman, and the CFL has typically used Canadian-born snappers.

The new United Football League is a league that appears to be giving snappers a chance to demonstrate their skills.  The UFL has four teams and each team currently has a dedicated long snapper.  Nick Sundberg (California Redwoods), Joey Madrid (Florida Tuskers), Rigo Morales (Las Vegas Locomotives) and Jared Retkofsky (New York Sentinels) are the sole snappers for each club.  Sundberg was in camp with the Carolina Panthers this season, while Retkofsky won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers.  Specialists in the UFL, including snappers, earn $25,000.00 for the six-game season.

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