Drones are obviously a useful tool for many industries — and it seems as though the industry of being a pro quarterback might have some use for drones too.
That was showcased in the NFL’s Pro Bowl Skills Showdown which aired over the past weekend. The Precision Passing event incorporated, yes, a drone.
During the Precision Passing event, each of the conference’s three quarterbacks battled it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, attempting to accumulate points by hitting as many targets as possible. The quarterback with the highest individual score among all participants was the winner, earning three points for his conference. There were a total of 10 targets, some static and others moving (and each worth a different amount, ranging from one to five points).
One of the toughest targets was one hanging off of a drone that flew back and forth on one side of the field.
You can check out a 10-minute clip of the whole NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Precision Passing event here, and if you start at around the 6:10 mark, you can even see the drone-touting target get hit. And no, the drone doesn’t come tumbling down.
Watch the creative ways a quarterback uses a drone via the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown here (depending on your region, you may have to click out to the YouTube link to watch this video, as the NFL has certain sharing rights):
It’s all kind of comical, and shows that the creative use cases for drones are pretty limitless — even if you’re a pro NFL quarterback. A contraption to build a moving target could be complicated and expensive, but considering you can get a solid DJI drone for less than $400 (thanks, new DJI Mavic 2 SE!), a moving target doesn’t have to be.
This is not actually the first time that drones have been used in the NFL’s Pro Bowl Skills Showdown. In 2017, the NFL added an activity called the WR Drone Drop, where a drone flies high into the air and drops a football for a receiver to catch.
Speaking of the NFL, don’t forget that this weekend is Super Bowl Sunday. It’s set for Sunday, February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. And as is the case every year, the area is a “No Drone Zone” for most of the weekend. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) around the area is pretty wide, so basically don’t plan on flying a drone around Phoenix this coming weekend.