Its got to feel good to be Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland right about now. The YouTube footballer who posted a viral reel of slick trick kicks has made some heart beats tick quick.
Rugland, as we previously reported, was initially considered by the New York Jets NFL team, but ultimately was signed by the Detroit Lions and has now gone 2-for-2 on field goals during a preseason victory over those same Jets. Ooh, that has got to hurt.
The kicks, one from 49 yards and one from 50, are impressive considering the 28-year-old Norwegian has never had to make one of his distance shots against an onslaught of pro-caliber competitive pressure, and though he his still fighting for a slot on the team against veteran kicker David Akers, Rugland has certainly earned some confidence.
But Rugland has been winning both on the field and off — his teammates love the sheer enthusiasm the YouTube dreamer brings to the locker room. “The guy is a great guy. It’s refreshing to see how much fun he’s having,” said Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford via Lions.com. “The guy’s having a blast here, and he’s kicking the ball great.” While clearly Kickalicious hasn’t done enough for Stafford to remember his name, he’s certainly made some great strides, both in his own career and in boosting the legitimacy of YouTube as a recruiting platform for all sorts of talents.
I just hope one day Nike comes across my channel featuring highlight reels of me effectively running a sweatshop. As far as the “big leagues” go in the world of sweatshops, one doesn’t dream much higher than Nike.
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