Lions Cut YouTube Sensation Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland
By Adam Hurst
As the Detroit Lions make cuts to trim their roster to open the season, the team decided to end its experiment with YouTube sensation from Norway, Havard Rugland, according to Tim Twentyman, senior writer for the Detroit Lions.
Despite going 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in the preseason, it wasn’t enough to convince the team and beat out veteran David Akers for the job. “Kickalicious,” as he was commonly referred to in reference to the title of his trick kick video that brought his leg to the attention of NFL teams, earned a contract with the Detroit Lions. Rugland clearly has a knack for kicking the football, and he was trained by former NFL kicker and kicking coach Michael Husted. “Kickalicious,” praised for his work ethic by Husted, explained how Rugland started out as very raw to having developed significantly within two months.
The kicker position can be a volatile one in the NFL. However, with Rugland’s connections to the kicking community in the NFL and watching how he was so well received by teammates in Detroit during the preseason, it’s easy to believe an NFL team will give the Norwegian a shot down the road.
Both Akers and Rugland were competing to replace Jason Hanson who retired this spring after playing his entire 21-year career with the Detroit Lions.