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 FootKickers 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.
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