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Lions sign Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland

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David Akers is going to have some competition for the kicking job in Detroit.

And it’s not just any competition. It’s “Kickalicious” competition.

Havard Rugland, the Norwegian newcomer to football who became a YouTube sensation thanks to a video named “Kickalicious” filled with stupendous kicking feats, has signed with the Lions. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website reported the news, but had no information about the terms of the deal.

Rugland worked with former NFL kicker Michael Husted to train for workouts with the Lions and other teams, including the Jets and Browns. Rugland first worked out for the Lions last month, but they held off on signing him as they sorted things out with Jason Hanson. Hanson retired, leaving the Lions to sign Akers after his rocky 2012 season.

The veteran has to be considered the favorite over a guy who has no prior football experience, but the idea of a guy earning a job in the NFL thanks in large part to a YouTube video feels like an almost too perfect statement of our time.

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37 Responses to “Lions sign Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 6:05 PM

    Or maybe he just wants to pillage the village of Detroit. Before herding all the women onto his longboat and heading back to Norway.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:06 PM

    Why not just draft someone? Now you have David Akers who’s career seems to be over and someone who never kicked before.

  3. blmonroe12 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:07 PM

    Awesome.

  4. theclaim says: Apr 11, 2013 6:17 PM

    Rugland can kick! The Jets and a few other teams looked at adding this guy! Click the link it’s a worthy watch!

  5. Laura says: Apr 11, 2013 6:20 PM

    Good point, themagicman. Now that they’ve signed an aging kicker coming off the worst season of his career, and a trick-kicker who’s never played in organized football at any level, there’s not a chance the Lions will draft a kicker.

    Darn it.

  6. cullimon says: Apr 11, 2013 6:21 PM

    Disney is franticly finding someone to write his story and make it into a movie

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 11, 2013 6:24 PM

    Now they just need to draft the versatile Quinn Sharp and have all kinds of flexible kicking options. They could even put both of them out there for trick onside kick plays!

  8. chazk100 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:26 PM

    can he play DE?

    but seriously, why not? kickers pretty easy to come by, if it doesn’t work out. not like they need to spend a 3rd rounder on one or anything *cough jacksonville*.

  9. oldbyrd says: Apr 11, 2013 6:40 PM

    Nice guy but, its time for Dave to be put out to pasture.

  10. themagicman1223 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:41 PM

    No, if they had any intention of drafting one they wouldn’t have gotten this guy. Akers is going to fill in for this year while this guy is being coached. If you want to be sarcastic get your facts straight.

  11. warhammer420 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:43 PM

    Now we have Megatron and LEGatron! The Lions are unstoppable!

  12. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Apr 11, 2013 6:52 PM

    When he singed the contract he got a gun a knife and a bottle of booze thrown in for free… Welcome to the Lions.

  13. drekomp says: Apr 11, 2013 6:53 PM

    Hope it works out for the Lions. That being said, I doubt any Vikings or Rams fans regret their teams spending a 6th round pick on The Blair Walsh Project or Greg Zuerlein– you know, football kickers who have kicked in football games before…

    If you do want to draft a specialist just don’t be Jacksonville and take a specialist in the 3rd round before some ‘small’ QB from Wisconsin when your starting QB is Blaine Gabbert. I can still hear Rich Eisen’s reaction to that pick from last April and it’s still priceless.

  14. lks311 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:53 PM

    Low risk, high reward…what’s all the fuss about?

  15. wininer says: Apr 11, 2013 7:07 PM

    Legatron is St Louis WH420…names been taken.

  16. audioflint says: Apr 11, 2013 7:08 PM

    Probably a cheap signing and possibly a good kicker = a good combination

  17. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 11, 2013 7:17 PM

    Can I point out one thing?

    This guy has exactly as much actual football experience as Lauren Silberman. He got about 1/1000th of the attention she did. And yet only one of them can actually kick a field goal without embarrassing themselves.

    It’s pretty funny what actually working at something can accomplish instead of just showing up and waiting for the world to pat you on the back.

  18. ducksflyhigh says: Apr 11, 2013 7:38 PM

    Invinceable?! are the Lions going to hold open try outs to the public too?

  19. citynative says: Apr 11, 2013 7:40 PM

    @lionsdraftguy

    What a classless organization.

  20. kwjsb says: Apr 11, 2013 7:43 PM

    If its ever legal to block a field goal with a punt, the Lions have it covered.

  21. moeman79 says: Apr 11, 2013 7:44 PM

    OH SH!# just watched his you tube video! Lions might not need to score any TD’s if there is any relevance to this.

  22. scoregasmic says: Apr 11, 2013 7:50 PM

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about there is zero risk in this move and a possible high reward. The worst thing that can happen is that they cut him in training camp

  23. Ponsonby_Britt says: Apr 11, 2013 7:50 PM

    “Why not just draft someone? Now you have David Akers who’s career seems to be over and someone who never kicked before.”

    If we draft a K, that’s one less WR.

  24. polapea says: Apr 11, 2013 7:53 PM

    themagicman1223 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:41 PM

    No, if they had any intention of drafting one they wouldn’t have gotten this guy. Akers is going to fill in for this year while this guy is being coached. If you want to be sarcastic get your facts straight
    —————
    Facts? Sorry but there is a snowballs chance in hell of a team wasting room on their roster for a back-up kicker so he can “get coached”.

  25. raiderapologist says: Apr 11, 2013 8:07 PM

    polapea says: Apr 11, 2013 7:53 PM

    themagicman1223 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:41 PM

    No, if they had any intention of drafting one they wouldn’t have gotten this guy. Akers is going to fill in for this year while this guy is being coached. If you want to be sarcastic get your facts straight
    —————
    Facts? Sorry but there is a snowballs chance in hell of a team wasting room on their roster for a back-up kicker so he can “get coached”.
    —————–
    Seriously? Have you not heard of injured reserve?

  26. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:12 PM

    themagicman1223 says:Apr 11, 2013 6:06 PM

    Why not just draft someone? Now you have David Akers who’s career seems to be over and someone who never kicked before.
    ________________

    Gee, I didn’t know this would prevent the Lions from drafting a kicker. Must be a new rule.

  27. bloomer006999999 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:13 PM

    Legatron is already taken.

    Signed,
    Blair Walsh

  28. bigmikeatl says: Apr 11, 2013 8:34 PM

    Mark my words… they’ll bring in a rookie free agent or draft someone. I doubt Rugland will make it more than 1 preseason game at most.

  29. getyourownname says: Apr 11, 2013 8:50 PM

    Somewhere Billy Cundiff is wondering if this means his career is actually over.

  30. lionsmark09 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:51 PM

    He will make the roster or be on the practice squad/IR. Mark my words….

  31. greyhawk9 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:58 PM

    this guy is astonishing! the accuracy is like nothing I’ve ever seen before … i think he’ll be just fine with his skillset

  32. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 11, 2013 9:04 PM

    @citynative

    They werent talking about the 49ers ya know.

  33. jimmylions says: Apr 11, 2013 11:32 PM

    His video is pretty impressive. The trick shots are fun to watch, but the long distance shots are what makes him interesting. He nails like five or six 50 yarders in succession like they’re nothing. He puts through a 60 yarder with plenty of daylight to spare.

    His accuracy, even in some strong winds, is very impressive. That could be handy on the road in places like Chicago. I hope he makes the team and can play for a long time.

  34. Phil Menas says: Apr 12, 2013 1:33 AM

    1. Awkward to ship in a kicker like a mail order bride.
    2. Kicking a ball into a garbage bin should not be the first clip on a highlight reel.
    3.Why is he kicking in such scenic areas throughout the video? (beaches, mountains,etc.) (if you say to show his durability in the wind, i will slap you.)
    4. Is it me or does it look like Detroit just added a Viking (Norwegian) version of Sebastian Janikowski? Fingers Crossed.

  35. nflfollower says: Apr 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    The youtube clip is entertaining, but he’ll have to shorten his approach to make a career out of it in the NFL. Maybe he’ll be receptive to coaching and work out, who knows.

  36. polapea says: Apr 12, 2013 1:28 PM

    @ raiderapologist says: Apr 11, 2013 8:07 PM

    Seriously? Have you not heard of injured reserve?
    ———–

    Injured reserve = no practice.

  37. finked says: Apr 14, 2013 12:04 AM

    if you want to know why the lions signed him, go to youtube and look at the part of the video where he is kicking a 60 yard field goal. what’s impressive is the HEIGHT of that kick. very long field goals are often blocked because to kick a fo0tball a great distance, you have to kick a lower kick which is much easier to block. apparently not so with this guy. his 60-yrders are almost as high as his 30-yrders.

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