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NBA's Pat Connaughton throws football 80 yards

By Alex Butler
NBA's Pat Connaughton throws football 80 yards
Pat Connaughton. (Instagram)

PORTLAND, Ore., June 27 (UPI) -- It must be the socks.

That's all Portland Trail Blazers guard Pat Connaughton wore on his feet on the football field recently, before awing fans.

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While messing around this weekend, the former high school quarterback turned Notre Dame basketball star showed off his impressive arm.

He posted a display of his throwing strength Sunday night on Twitter. In the video, Connaughton kicks off his shoes, steps up five yards, and fires a football 80-yards into the opposing end zone.

"Weekend shenanigans," Connaughton wrote. He also included the hashtag #NFLDraft2017 and tagged the New England Patriots.

Maybe he can step in for the Patriots during Tom Brady's four-game suspension?

The Blazers responded to Connaughton's post by tweeting: "He's...not...human..."

Connaughton also pitched for the Irish baseball team while at Notre Dame. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and owns a 98 mph fastball. He appeared in 34 games for the Blazers last season after being selected No. 41 in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Connaughton, 23, scored 36 points, had 32 rebounds, and 10 assists in 143 minutes last season for the Blazers.

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