He spoke with Nick Sundberg of Sports Evolution Radio this week, and explained why and how he wears a painful size 7.5 shoe on his size 10.5 foot. The short answer: It makes the surface of the shoe harder, and makes the ball go further.Nov 16, 2012
Less than 1% of high school senior kickers, punters & snappers around the nation are fortunate enough to earn a college football scholarship. You need to do all you can to put yourself into the best position to be one of the top 1% of specialists who do earn a college football scholarship.
When a holder sets the ball for a kicker, the rule of thumb is “laces out” — meaning the holder should rotate the ball to put the lace on the side facing the goal posts. Something about the way that white strip meets the kicker's foot can make the ball fly in unpredictable directions.Jan 10, 2016
While some weaker placekickers may have trouble kicking field goals longer than 30 yards (making field goals from beyond the 13 difficult), others may consistently make 50-yarders, making it practical to kick from beyond the 33. For most NFL kickers, the 35-yard line is typically the limit of their field goal range.
According to Inside the Pylon kicking expert (and former college kicker) Chuck Zodda, in a two-hour practice, a kicker is often supervised for just 12 to 15 minutes of team drills for kickoffs, extra points, and field goals. Kicking more than 30 or 40 times in a day is ill-advised.Jan 31, 2021
2021 Kicker Average Rankings
|1||Tucker Justin Tucker BAL||$5,000,000|
|2||Gano Graham Gano NYG||$4,666,667|
|3||Fairbairn Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU||$4,412,500|
|4||Sanders Jason Sanders MIA||$4,400,000|
In addition to overall improvements in body and leg strength, a kicker MUST rely on improved backswing, leverage and overall timing/technique.
- Increase Your Back Swing.
- Leverage Your Body.
- Lock The Leg At Impact.
- Kick With Your Foot 'Bone'
- Strike the Ball Higher.
- Improve Your Leg Speed & Quickness.
Smaller kickers. Because a straight-on kick could only generate a limited amount of foot speed, the key to hitting longer field goals was to have bigger leg muscles. Placekickers today are generally smaller because they can rely on the soccer-style hip rotation to create foot speed.Nov 8, 2010
Being a kicker in the NFL is not only incredibly difficult, but extremely thankless. There's no real “win” for a kicker. They either “do their job” or they're on a flight back to their hometown rather than the team facility. They don't get the benefit of the doubt or number of chances that other positions do.Aug 29, 2019