Giving social media darlings a chance at the NFL has become a thing it seems. From Alex Tanney to “Kickalicious” to LaVance Taylor to Karl Schmitz, all of them petitioned for their shot at the big show on YouTube, or in Taylor’s case, Twitter. And now all of them are gone. Today it was announced that Karl Schmitz had been cut by the Denver Broncos. Schmitz, a placekicker who dazzled all of YouTube with his ability to boot the ball over 70 yards, was hoping to make the team as their field goal guy and punter.
Two things stood in Schmitz’s way: Britton Colquitt, my beloved team’s regular punter just took a hell of a pay cut to stay on the team, and apparently consistency. While Schmitz did have what the old salts call “a deep leg,” his inability to hit field goals consistently eventually lead the team to axe him.
According to Colorado’s local news service 9news.com, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was still up on Schmitz. “I think he’ll make it in this league,” Kubiak said. “I’m really proud of his work, but that’s tough — anytime guys do everything for you and you have to let him go. We had a good talk this morning and I just told him to stick with it. I think that he will make it somehow, some way.”
Keep showing off that leg, Schmitz. You’re a beast.
The closest a player who was recruited off YouTube came to making it in the NFL was when Kickalicious, Norwegian placekicker Havard Rugland, made it to the pre-season for the Detroit Lions, but ultimately didn’t see the season. Kickalicious is still trying as well to make it, but so far, no bites. There are too many guys who’ve actually played in the league who are hunting jobs as well.