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Being a placekicker in the NFL is a strange job. YouÆre pretty much either a hero, or a goat. There is no in between. And if a kicker becomes a hero, it is quickly forgotten and credited to the quarterback who got him in the position to kick it. á It used to be that positional players would double as kickers. But as the two-way player ended, new breeds of ôathletesö entered the league. They have strange names, some cannot speak English, and some kick without socks (although those are a dying breed). á No one ever acknowledges how tough it can be to kick a ball through goal posts. Since they donÆt play any other times during the game, their value is underestimated. Bill Parcells once said of a hurt Matt Bahr ôHe doesnÆt have to play. All he has to do is kick.ö A kicker is not viewe ...

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