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NFL Kickers

A reliable kicker in the NFL must have a strong leg and nerves of steel. Find out more about this feet-first position right here.

NFL Kickers - Strong Mind, Strong Foot

Kickers are the only players in football who are actually allowed to use their feet to move the ball. A kicker relies on a strong leg and good kicking form to boot field goals, take kickoffs and punt the ball. When punting, a player must be skilled in angling the football and kicking it as high as possible so his teammates have a better chance of preventing a punt returner from moving forward very far. A field goal kicker needs to have good kicking form, as well as nerves of steel, since they are often kicking with the game on the line, sometimes in rain, wind or snow. If they make a big kick they're a hero - if they miss, they're a chump and are sometimes booed out of town by fans or traded. Kickers are also often ridiculed for being less than "real football players" since they hardly ever need to tackle, block or go through any of the physical punishement that other position players deal with every game.

NFL Kickers - Football's Best

  • Adam Vinatieri - Vinatieri is one of the most clutch kickers in NFL history. He has kicked 19 game-winning field goals with less than a minute left in the game and kicked the winning field goals in the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victories in 2002 and 2004.
  • David Akers - The Philadelphia Eagles kicker has both great power and accuracy. Akers has made the Pro Bowl four times and in 2003, he booted a 57-yard field goal, the longest in Eagles' history.
  • Neil Rackers - Rackers is one of the few bright spots on the Arizona Cardinals. He set a new NFL record in 2005 by kicking 40 field goals in a season and has hit more field goals over 50 yards in the past two years than any other kicker.
  • NFL Kickers - Facts and Records

  • Most kickers in the NFL were soccer players at one time, either in college of high school, which is how they developed good kicking form.
  • Michael Koenen of the Atlanta Falcons is the only kicker in the NFL who does his team's punting, kick offs and field goal kicking. All the other teams have one kicker who does the punting and one who kicks field goals and kickoffs.
  • When the scoring system for football was invented in 1883, a field goal was worth five points. It was changed to three points in 1909.
  • The record for longest field goal ever kicked is shared by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints who booted a 63-yarder in 1970 and Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos, who matched the feat in 1998. Dempsey kicked his record-setting field goal without any toes since he was born without them on his kicking foot!
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    "FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
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    "lamiraclelemiracle" wrote:no cheering is not a sport it's something to turn people and the players up I was a cheerleader for 2 years (before I aged out) and we do not only wave pom poms int the air and yell "go team!!". All cheerleaders and coaches put A LOT of effort and time into making and practicing cheers. It is true that cheerleaders turn people and the players on...but it's much more than that. it's about having fun, teamwork, having some more fun, getting some exercise (uh that kinda makes it a sport right?), and great times with the other girls on your squad.   Rant over lol
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    Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
    of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
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    How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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    Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
    as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
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