August is the time that NFL long snappers tend to get some rare publicity. The story of the anonymous athletes who play perhaps the least glamorous position always makes for interesting reading and viewing. The story of Jon Dornebos of the Eagles is no different.
The veteran snapper has appeared in the Pro Bowl and been a reliable and consistent long snapper. In addition, he is also known as the “Magic Man”, due to his other professional career as a magician. This week, HBO Real Sports profiled his snapping, his magic and his tragic childhood. Specifically, Dorenbos has overcome the loss of his mother after his father killed her when he was just 12.
Most snappers have an interesting story about how they became a snapper. In Dorenbos’ case, his story is even more compelling and remarkable given what he has overcome to reach the top of his profession.