Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 8/27/13
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- It was fun while it lasted. Havard Rugland, affectionately known as Kickalicious, created a cult following with his YouTube trick-kick video and bid to make the Detroit Lions roster as a replacement for the retired Jason Hanson. Rugland displayed a strong leg and was impressive throughout training camp, but he couldnt compete with David Akers 15 years of NFL experience. Kickalicious was released Tuesday by the Lions, several hours before the club was required to trim its roster down to 75 with one preseason game remaining. The left-footed Norwegian was loved by his teammates and performed well, making all three field-goal attempts in preseason games. He even drilled 49- and 50-yarders in the exhibition opener, the first time the soccer player had ever appeared in a football game anywhere. Akers, however, is healthy and appears ready to rebound from the worst season in his NFL career. Hampered last year after undergoing hernia surgery, Akers made just 29 of 42 attempts with San Francisco. He is 6 for 7 on field goals in the preseason and has been kicking extremely well in practice, both in accuracy and distance. While Ruglands release was inevitable as long as Akers wasnt injured, this might not be the end of the Kickalicious dream. He showed enough in a short period of time that it's realistic to think he could have a future somewhere in the NFL in the right situation and with a little more experience. EXTRA POINT The Lions also announced they cut cornerback Dequan Menzie. Three more players need to be released by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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