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I have never actually heard anyone describe a long throw in football as a haymaker.

A Haymaker is typically defined as a wild punch, thrown with all of someone's might in the hopes of knocking out their opponent.

I would surmise that a color analyst would describe a long throw as a haymaker if it has a debilitating negative effect on the opponents defense. As in "the offense just knocked the defense down with that haymaker". However haymaker is not a term that is generally used in regards to football.

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