Why does Rodrigo Blankenship put on glasses throughout Colts video games?
Rodrigo Blankenship catches the eye before he even boots a football with his strong right foot, and it’s because of what he himself is wearing for his eyes.
Blankenship gained notice at Georgia and now as a rookie for the Colts thanks to the glasses he wears, sport-specific glasses known as ‘Rec Specs.’ Blankenship, who is near-sighted, went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft but was a priority signing by the Colts, who needed a kicker. He never missed an extra point at Georgia and was 80-for-97 on field goals there, and entering Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season, Blankenship is 17-for-19 on field goals at the professional level.
Here’s what you need to know about Blankenship’s glasses.
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Why does Rodrigo Blankenship wear glasses?
Blankenship is near-sighted. That’s the simple answer here. A near-sighted person can usually see objects up close without glasses but struggles to see things that are further away.
Blankenship has added in the past that he tried contacts but doesn’t like them, and that he doesn’t want to have surgery on his eyes at his young age. That leaves the black-rimmed glasses as the best option for Blankenship.
“It’s much easier for me to see close up than it is far away,” Blankenship told Dawgs Nation. “So being able to see important things like the play-clock on a kickoff or a field goal or the uprights on a 50-yard field, I need my specs to be able to see that. It’s helpful to have a nice, sharp image.”
Do Rodrigo Blankenship’s glasses help him kick?
Like Blankenship said above, it couldn’t be easy to see a clear picture of goal posts 50 yards away with less-than-stellar eyes. Having blurry vision could almost create the humorous movie effect where a player has to choose to aim for the middle of three parallel, blurry goalposts.
For his part, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart only had smart comments to say about Blankenship’s glasses while he was at UGA.
“I don’t understand eyesight, but I don’t see how those could help anybody see. I really don’t,” Smart told Dawgs Nation. “I’ve never really tried anybody’s glasses on. I guess the harder it is for me to see with them on, then maybe the worse off he needs them. But I know one thing: He sees that ball on the ground, and he gets his toe on the leather real well. So they must work for him.”
Of kickers who have attempted at least 19 field goals in the 2020 NFL season (entering Week 10), Blankenship has the fourth-best percentage at 89.5 percent. He’s also 19-of-21 on extra points. The glasses have yet to get their fullest test, though — Blankenship is still waiting to attempt his first field goal from 50 yards or longer at the NFL level.