Jason Hanson retired and the Detroit Lions signed veteran kicker David Akers. Case closed, right?
As it turns out, no. Last weekend I wrote a piece wondering if Akers was truly Hanson’s replacement or just an option. Less than a week later, the Lions have added another option.
Rather than the typical retread or youngster, the Lions have turned to an internet sensation. Havard Rugland goes by name “Kickalicious” and is a Norwegian who has not previously played American football. That apparently doesn’t bother the Lions, or the other teams that showed interest in him.
Here is the famous “Kickalicious” youtube video that has been viewed nearly three million times:
Rugland’s skills are obvious in the video, the question is whether or not they will translate to an actual kicking situation with 300 pound linemen trying to swat his kicks out of the air.
It isn’t unusual for NFL clubs to carry two kickers this time of year. Generally one is the presumed favorite to handle kicking duties during the season while the other is just looking for a chance to prove that he is able to handle the job should one come available at some point during the season.
If he isn’t able to beat out Akers for the job, the Lions at least have an option for an entertaining halftime show.
Lawrence Jackson is apparently entertained by the thought of Kickalicious getting his chance:
Kickalicious….is…a…BEAST his onside kick might stop in mid air and say…….BOO
— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) April 11, 2013