Give It Up for Arizona Cardinals’ Mike Nugent: Let’s Talk Kickers

Posted: 22nd December 2009 by Chris Farmer in NFL
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Now, I realize it is difficult to find people that get excited talking about kickers, but football purists know that despite all the jokes, a kicker is a valuable part of any NFL team. Missed kicks lose Super Bowls, and made ones can be the difference between an 8-8 team that misses the playoffs and a 12-4 team that wins the division. Our own Neil Rackers started his career with three years in Cincinnati, and in case you don't remember, was the butt of many jokes. Let's face it, he played for a miserable team and was inaccurate to boot (pun intended). His rookie year he hit on only 12 out of 21 field goal attempts, a rate of 57.1%. In today's climate he is lucky to have been invited back the following two seasons. He started to show glimpses of his Pro Bowl form by his third season, when h ...

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