Aiyuk had history of hurdling defenders before leaping TD


It wouldn't have been a leap to predict Brandon Aiyuk would hurdle a defender in an NFL game.

Perhaps you didn't imagine it would happen as spectacularly as the 49ers' rookie wide receiver managed Sunday, when he vaulted clean over Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps as part of a statistically improbable 38-yard touchdown run. But Aiyuk has a history of cleanly clearing opponents with his jumping ability.

Aiyuk flashed it while playing for Sierra College in Rocklin, and video of him leaping over one of his teammates in a practice drill resurfaced after his incredible touchdown.

Don't try this at home.

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Earlier this year, Aiyuk posted a 40-inch vertical leap at the NFL Scouting Combine, tying him for fifth-highest among wide receivers.

The rest of the 2020 rookie class will have a tough time pulling off an in-game leap as memorable as Aiyuk's, though.