The Detroit Lions on Thursday signed Norwegian Internet kicking sensation Havard Rugland.
Why, you might ask? Just watch the video. This guy is unbelievable.
The video shows him kicking and punting a football through uprights from as far away as 60 yards, from straight on and also from incredible angles. He also kicks a ball to a friend on a boat on a lake, in a moving car, on a skateboard, on a railroad bridge, on a hill, on a bluff overlooking a beach and over trees.
Rugland played amateur soccer in his native Norway before taking an interest in football in 2011 after watching the Super Bowl. He had tryouts for the Lions and New York Jets and has been working out at Michael Husted’s pro kicking camp in Florida.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Rugland said last month that his tryout with the Lions went well even though he tweaked the hamstring in his powerful left leg. He’s refined his kicking motion while working with Husted in San Diego since having a tryout with the Jets in December.
The team hasn’t disclosed terms of the deal. With the move, the Lions seem to be giving newly acquired kicker David Akers some competition or at least provide some depth at the position for practice. Detroit recently signed Akers soon after Jason Hanson retired.
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