Dude Perfect is a collective of six roommates at Texas A+M who have developed what you might call a G-rated family-friendly frat boy version of Jackass.
In their expanding cottage industry, there are no visible tattoos, and nothing is stapled to anything else. But they manage to retain a sufficient quota of don’t-try-this-at-home stone craziness to keep the parents worried and the kids engaged.
The question on some of the more than 3 million minds that have viewed the group’s videos —including “the world’s longest basketball shot”— is whether these dudes are, well, maybe just a tad too perfect. And the dudes consider it the greatest compliment that their doings are so derring that people aren’t sure they can believe their own eyes.
Here’s the view from the third deck of Kyle Field at College Station:
And here’s the feat viewed from the field:
Based on their other videos, there’s no reason to believe that this one is doctored. (Nor, of course, is there any reason to believe that this one didn’t follow seventeen thousand four hundred and seventy-nine prior unsuccessful attempts at this particular stunt — and what difference would that make if this one is legit?)
The name derives from the moment when Sean, setting up the camera on the railing of Tyler’s backyard deck, looked thorough the lens and saw his buddy in the center of the frame. “Dude perfect” was his response and the rest is history.
On their impressive website, they introduce themselves this way:
Ultimately, Dude Perfect is a group of college guys that follows Jesus. We didn’t plan on this type of interest in our videos and we’re incredibly grateful. We want to use this platform for something bigger than us.
Right now, that something bigger is the sponsorship of children in Africa through the organization Compassion International.
They started out betting lunches on trick shots in the backyard. Eventually (“after quite a few free lunches went the bearded guy’s direction”) they decided to make a video and upload it to YouTube. In the last several months, they’ve broken out with appearances on Good Morning, America (whose computer analysts couldn’t guarantee that the videos are unedited but couldn’t find any edits or figure out how any might have been made) and in Sports Illustrated.
Although they each have definite personalities that emerge in the videos, the ID caption on their website photo reads: “from left to right: this guy, that guy, the bearded one, the tall guy, the next tallest guy, the guy who looks just like the other guy.”