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“Kickalicious” showing well early in Lions’ camp

Havard Rugland AP

Is it possible that a YouTube kicking sensation can find his way onto an NFL roster with no prior football experience?

It appears that Havard Rugland, a.k.a Kickalicious, is giving it his best shot in hopes of making the Detroit Lions this fall.

According to Larry Lage of the Associated Press, Rugland made all 11 of his field goal attempts over a three-day span including a 58-yarder. He’s been impressive enough for teammates to take notice.

“That big boot? He’s legit,” receiver Nate Burleson said. ‘”Kickalicious is for real. He isn’t just an Internet sensation.”

Rugland has still not played in a single NFL game. His first opportunity to do so will be against the New York Jets in just over a week’s time. General manager Martin Mayhew isn’t ready to get too excited about Rugland until he can prove he can play in a live game. Rugland has an uphill climb to find his way into a roster spot. He will have to supplant veteran kicker in David Akers to stick with the Lions.

Ultimately, if Rugland can consistently kick a football between the uprights people will have to him look as something more than just “that YouTube guy.” Even if he doesn’t stick with the Lions, a strong performance in the preseason could land him a job elsewhere and show he’s capable of playing in the league.

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25 Responses to ““Kickalicious” showing well early in Lions’ camp”
  1. 619sdfan4life says: Aug 1, 2013 2:34 AM

    I hope this guy makes a team. Great story

  2. thepunkyqb says: Aug 1, 2013 2:41 AM

    Awesome! love it, here is my last round last pick Sleeper in my FF Draft. But in all seriousness, I wish him the best. Kick the crap outta the ball kid!

  3. h3min1230 says: Aug 1, 2013 2:42 AM

    Detroit hasn’t been relevant in over 30 years, why is there an article on them?

  4. ruthlssjag says: Aug 1, 2013 2:49 AM

    Holy Shmoly!

  5. rukkus1 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:09 AM

    Kickers are starting to get some pretty dope nicknames.

    First legatron or young geezy from STL and now Kickalicious? These guys have names right up there with rappers

  6. gooch80 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:15 AM

    Wait till he has a little pressure in his face, or the game is on the line.

  7. giantsfan82 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:52 AM

    That’s awesome! How can you not root for this guy? Sorry Akers…..

  8. nolahxc says: Aug 1, 2013 6:32 AM

    I hope he makes the team. He’d be an inspiration to Uncle Ricos everywhere!

  9. cali49er707 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:07 AM

    I love Barry Sanders!!Respect Herman Moore, Wayne Fontes & Mel Gray. I know my sh-+ even though I love my 9ERS!

    My own brother Nor Cal raised for some reason LOVES the Lions since childhood.

    I have nothing against the Lions!

    But, I can’t stand that cat Lions draft guy!! Dude is a Troll!! Who makes Lions fans look bad!!

  10. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 1, 2013 7:25 AM

    Good for him, I wish him the best of luck.

  11. crystalinadumass says: Aug 1, 2013 7:36 AM

    YouTube, making dreams come true since 2005. Optimistic about this year’s lions.

  12. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 1, 2013 8:00 AM

    If he went 11 of 11 against defenders, including a 58 yarder, he’s already made some teams short list of potential replacements.

  13. eb3110 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:09 AM

    Thought this was going to be about Suh…

  14. tvguy22 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:09 AM

    Let’s see him try it with 11 angry dudes trying to get to him. Then I’ll believe it.

  15. waitingguilty says: Aug 1, 2013 8:23 AM

    “This ‘Kickalicious’ you speak of- TELL ME MORE!”

    -Rex Ryan

  16. root4cleveland says: Aug 1, 2013 8:42 AM

    If he proves to be one of the 32 best kickers in the world then who cares if he has or hasn’t ever played before? There will be a place for him on some roster.

    I’m rooting for the guy as its a good story, and Detroit could use a shimmer of hope. Good for him. Good for them.

  17. pjrhc says: Aug 1, 2013 8:47 AM

    I hope he makes it!

  18. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 1, 2013 8:50 AM

    What a kick to the groin. Poor Akers looses his job with the Niners and thinks he’s got at least another year until America’s Got Talent contest guy kicks his way past him.

  19. spitsfire says: Aug 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    I sense a movie coming out of this if he starts a game.

  20. questionableprovenance says: Aug 1, 2013 9:17 AM

    Remember Garo Yepremian? Also no American Football experience or even knowledge, also signed by the Lions. Did rather well. And without YouTube.

  21. charlesanakin says: Aug 1, 2013 12:01 PM

    My worst fear when it comes to the kicking situation for the Lions is that they keep Akers in the last year or two of his career and Rugland goes elsewhere and becomes a Pro-bowl caliber player with a long career. If its even remotely close they’ve got to keep Kickalicious.

  22. monkeyjuice313 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:30 PM

    @hemin1230

    Because they have the most loyal, intelligent and passionate fans in the country!

  23. lionstigersandwingsohmy says: Aug 1, 2013 3:44 PM

    eb3110-

    even though I think there is no way Suh had time or vision for his kick to be intentional, that is a funny post.

  24. jimmylions says: Aug 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    I’m hoping this guy makes the team. I’d rather have someone younger than old and now unreliable Akers.

  25. joerymi says: Aug 3, 2013 3:09 PM

    As unreliable as Akers is, he has been in the league a while. Even if this kid is better, don’t expect this organization to be creative. Not exactly what they are known for.

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