A field goal kicker has one of the most challenging jobs in sports.
It’s not the most physically demanding – far from that. Their job becomes harder almost because its not physically demanding. Teammates often resent the kicker. “They aren’t one of us,” they say. It’s a job so much different than running back, quarter back, linebacker or defensive end.
Its also a job that demands a different type of approach and a different type of personality.
Most positions in football are “rah rah.” Players come out of the tunnel before the game pounding their chest. After a big play they will jump up in excitement.
Field goal kickers aren’t like that. They stay at an even keel. Never too high, never too low. They have to.
Coming in for a chip shot field goal in the first quarter? Calm.
Even though missing the easy kick could turn the home crowd against them.
Coming in late in the game for the game winner? Calm. Have to be. Approaching it like any other kick.
Kickers are used to dealing with crowds. Home crowd cheering them on. Away crowd jeering.
But then there is another wrench.
When the coach calls a time out just before they kick. Regardless if their kick goes through the uprights and they score, they have to do it again.
They can’t get mad. Or frustrated. They just have to line back up in a business like approach and do it again.
As I’m writing this I’m thinking of a kicker that did celebrate after his kick… didn’t turn out too well for Bill Gramatica when he jumped up celebrating. He ended up tearing his ACL and was gone for the season!