Nigel Knott plays cornerback for his high school football team, the Germantown Mavericks, in Madison, Mississippi. He's considered one of the top 2016 college prospects, with 25 schools already offering him scholarships.
Athletic prowess runs in Knott's family; the 17-year-old high school senior's father played college football at Mississippi State University and his sister is a college track star.
Last Thursday, Knott posted a Vine video of himself catching a football as he executed a backflip off a brick wall. Perhaps he was inspired by Marco Wilson, another high school football star who posted a video showing a one-handed catch made while executing a backflip.
Knott's Vine video went viral and was shown on local and national sports networks, as well as NBC's "Today."
However, in a sign that perhaps someone took him aside and mentioned that the stunt, while amazing, could have gone horribly wrong, Knott also tweeted out that he was "done doing this!"
And not long after the clip caught fire on social media, Knott posted a thoughtful warning to anyone considering attempting to replicate his stunt.
I wasn't hurt in the making of the video, but you could be. There could be serious injuries/death from doing the catch. Please, be careful.— Nigel Knott (@nigelk09)June 1, 2015
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