Are the Detroit Lions looking to get Kickalicious?
With Lions kicker David Akers struggling -- the 38-year-old missed a 31-yard field goal against Green Bay last week and is now 15-for-20 on the season -- the team brought in several free agent kickers for a tryout. They were Olindo Mare, Justin Medlock and ... Havard Rugland, the Onternet sensation known as "Kickalicious"
Rugland, a native of Norway, rode his impressive trick shot video to a training camp invite in Detroit earlier this year. While he made all three of his preseason field goal attempts, Rugland was left off the Lions' regular-season roster because of a lack of consistency.
Detroit coach Jim Schwartz expressed confidence in Akers following last week's miss, but the fact that Detroit worked out a trio of kickers is a sign that the team is weighing its options. Still, the team likely won't ditch Akers unless he keeps struggling.
Rugland was a fan favorite in training camp and even won over many of his temporary teammates.
"That big boot? He's legit," receiver Nate Burleson said in training camp of Rugland. "Kickalicious is for real. He isn't just an Internet sensation."
Rugland tweeted his thanks to the organization and fans after this week's tryout.
Had a workout with Detroit Lions this morning. Thankful for the opportunity. I appreciate all the support I get from you guys on twitter!!
— Håvard Rugland (@MrRugland) December 2, 2013
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