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Matt Stover, the Horse Whisperer

Every training camp, we hear stories about selfless veterans teaching rookies how to play in the NFL, even if that generosity someday costs that veteran a job.

Former Ravens kicker Matt Stover is not one of those players

“The classic guy for that is Matt Stover,” Rex Ryan joked this weekend when asked about veterans sabotaging young players. “You bring another kicker in, the guy would be booming the ball? It was unbelievable. Guy would be killing it, every kickoff 8 yards deep, launching field goals. By the time Stover was done with him, you never knew if they were kicking right-footed or left-footed. He was legendary for it.”

Ryan wasn’t sure what, if anything, Stover did to his competition. He remembered Stover using his voodoo on Robbie Gould once.

“[Stover] had him all messed up.  He was like the horse whisperer, just sitting back there.  It was crazy.  Literally, you’d come out there and be like, ‘oh, my, are you kidding me?’  He would kick the ball sideways or something, then Stover would come up there and barely get it over the goal post like he did for 15 years.  He was a great kicker,” Ryan added.

So that’s why the Cowboys don’t have Stover in camp with David Buehler.  By the time the Horse Whisperer was done with him, Buehler would be lucky to get a UFL tryout.

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5 Responses to “Matt Stover, the Horse Whisperer”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Aug 16, 2010 9:35 AM

    Thats hilarious!

  2. kantnockdahustle89 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:50 AM

    So the guy was very competitive? No wonder he lasted all those years in the NFL. The guy was good, real good.

  3. robert ethen says: Aug 16, 2010 10:05 AM

    It seemed like magic until one day a trainer noticed Stover slipping an air pump needle into some of the practice balls.

  4. Hap says: Aug 16, 2010 10:12 AM

    It’s reassuring that you are worried about Dallas’ kicker.

  5. kpweaver27 says: Aug 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    As a Colts fan, thanks for the service last year Stover. That’s a great story. Kicking is mostly mental anyways.

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