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 Håvard Rugland

A Norwegian whose YouTube clip of spectacular trick shots has been spread rapidly on the Internet and could be on the verge of a National Football League (NFL) contract as a kicker. The video caught the attention of professional teams in the United States. The video shows Håvard Rugland, the 27-year-old performing some outrageous tricks and kicks, from nailing 60-yard field goals to soccer-style scissor kicks and volleys with American footballs.

Rugland has no prior American football experience but kicking coach Michael Husted says that if he continues to develop, he could reach the NFL. Håvard Rugland was invited to training camp in the United States, where he eventually did try playing with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Rugland auditioned the Lions in March 2013, and will now fight respected David Akers (38) to be the team´s kicker on a permanent basis. David Akers has long been one of the NFL´s most recognized kickers, and he played the Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49´ers as late as February. While Akers has been gathering point after point in the NFL in recent seasons, Rugland played football for Ålgård FK.

Rugland will have a long way to go before he matches the achievements of fellow Norwegian Jan Stenerud. The only pure kicker in the Hall of Fame. The Lions should hire Stenerud for training camp.

Knute Rockne a Norwegian immigrant is regarded by many as the greatest coach in college football history.

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