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Rams kicker “Young G.Z.” earns NFC special teams player of week

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Rams rookie placekicker Greg Zuerlein has been a sort of underground, early-season sensation. He’s been booming long kicks left and right, and along the way earned nicknames ranging from “Legatron” to “Young G.Z.”

We like Young G.Z. the best.

For his Week Four efforts against the Seattle Seahawks, Zuerlein earned another accolade, garnering NFC special teams player of the week honors. Versus Seattle, Zuerlein nailed all four of his field-goal attempts and broke the Rams’ franchise record for longest field goal, twice. His field goals came from 28, 48, 58, and 60 yards out.

Zuerlein recently suggested his range is around 65 yards. Based on ESPN Stats & Information, ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando has made the case that Zuerlein is the difference between the Rams’ record being at 2-2 as opposed to 0-4 by “converting punts into points.”

We’ll all get a great look at Zuerlein when the Rams face the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football this week.

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15 Responses to “Rams kicker “Young G.Z.” earns NFC special teams player of week”
  1. themartinjlm says: Oct 3, 2012 12:51 PM

    Congrats to the “The Leg”!! He deserves it!

  2. smacklayer says: Oct 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    Did you ever see how Prater played for the Broncos? What a scam, he should have won NFC special teams player.

  3. eyeland2 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:11 PM

    LEGATRON?

    Hahahaha. Let’s call this guy this word so much for 20 years that Megatron ceases to be a word!

  4. Kreedos says: Oct 3, 2012 1:17 PM

    Congrats to him. Hope the Cards get to block one of his kicks! #Birdgang

  5. lj6917 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    prater did win AFC player of the week. this is NFC. pay attention.

  6. ptownstripes says: Oct 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    smacklayer says:Oct 3, 2012 1:01 PM

    Did you ever see how Prater played for the Broncos? What a scam, he should have won NFC special teams player.
    __________________________________
    Luckily, for him, Matt Prater deservedly won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Makes sense, too, seeing that he plays for the Denver Broncos, who are in the AFC, not the NFC.

    Learn!!!

  7. sj39 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    The kid is special and he doesn’t jump around or even throw his hands up in celebration. Just makes his kick and heads off the field.

  8. themartinjlm says: Oct 3, 2012 1:47 PM

    One word… machine.

  9. liddogg33 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    Hey… This kicker.. And the fake field goal were the ONLY reasons the rams won this game.. It was truly pathetic to watch Marshawn Lynch Dominate the ram front all the while Seattle DOMINATED Sjax!!! Big props to that kid though!!! What a friggan leg!!

  10. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2012 2:37 PM

    liddogg33 says:Oct 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    Hey… This kicker.. And the fake field goal were the ONLY reasons the rams won this game.. It was truly pathetic to watch Marshawn Lynch Dominate the ram front all the while Seattle DOMINATED Sjax!!! Big props to that kid though!!! What a friggan leg!!

    Only reason they won the game?? How about picking off Wilson 3 times and pretty much shutting down their passing game? Come on man!

  11. wikipediasaidso says: Oct 3, 2012 2:41 PM

    smacklayer says:
    Oct 3, 2012 1:01 PM
    Did you ever see how Prater played for the Broncos? What a scam, he should have won NFC special teams player.
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    Ryan Tannehill, is that you?

  12. beavertonsteve says: Oct 3, 2012 5:10 PM

    This kicker.. And the fake field goal were the ONLY reasons the rams won this game..
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    …and the fact that the Rams defense completely shut down the Seahawks passing game and intercepted Wilson 3 times, but hey, don’t let that interfere with your fantasy.

  13. charleslouis99 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:18 PM

    I’ve said it before and ill say it again
    Greg Zuerlein is a robot that’s all there is to it
    lol

  14. pop562 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:00 PM

    Nooo!! Legation is going to beat David Akers record.

  15. Kreedos says: Oct 4, 2012 9:10 AM

    You know you’re a under performing team when your most popular player is the kicker :( #BirdGang

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