The ‘Knockerball’ Craze Comes to Alabama

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Huntsville, Ala. - It might look absolutely ridiculous, but don't knock it until you try it.

"It's like soccer and football mixed. Like the two greatest sports put together," Tyler Clemens said after a night inside his bubble.

Participants strap into an inflatable orb, and launch themselves at each other in ways which seem to have no regard for human life. Looks can be deceiving, though.

"It's safe even though it looks scary," Knockerball Huntsville owner Jeremy Gleason told WHNT News 19. "It's really made to make sure the person inside isn't going to get hurt. It has all the safety features to keep you from hitting the ground."

Gleason first saw the sport online and after asking around, couldn't find anywhere to play in Alabama. He decided to make the investment and begin doing business as "Knockerball Huntsville."   The company rents their "knockerballs" for events like birthday parties or company outings. They even hold an open play event every Tuesday night at Brahan Spring Park in Huntsville.

For more information, visit Knockerball Huntsville on Facebook.

By the way, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is a fan of Knockerball!  Even his friends have no trouble getting up after a hit from him on the playing field, as you'll see in the Instagram video below.

Cam is MEAN with the bubble.

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