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Last week, Jason Hanson announced his retirement after what must have been 21 grueling seasons playing for the Lions. When a celebrated veteran departs after two-plus decades of service, you can’t replace him with just anyone. Actually, that’s not true. The Lions can sign just about any old busted kicker they want, which is why Detroit brought on David Akers, who very narrowly avoided having his face chewed off by Jim Harbaugh with the 49ers, a few days back.
It’s best not to summarily end your search for a new kicker with David Akers, so Detroit also signed Norwegian trick-shot artist Havard Rugland to compete for the job. Who knows if he’ll end up landing the position, but if the Lions need a ball kicked to a guy sitting in the middle of a lake, they’ve got their man.
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No, Jason Hanson isn’t coming out of retirement but the Lions did sign a kicker actually referred to as Kickalicious…
Thursday, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com tweeted that the Lions have signed Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland to a contract.
The Lions have signed Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland to a contract.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) April 11, 2013
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The Detroit Lions might have found Jason Hanson's replacement on YouTube.
The team announced Thursday afternoon that they had signed Norwegian soccer player Havard Rugland to a free-agent contract.
Rugland has never played organized football but became an internet sensation when he posted a video of trick-shot kicks to YouTube.
He was given the nickname "Kickalicious...
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With Jason Hanson retired, coach Jim Schwartz has signed Norwegian trick shot superstar Havard Rugland, better known to the YouTube world as 'Kickalicious'.
It’s hard to fill the shoes of a kicker that’s been around for more than 20 years. Well, it’s usually hard. But the Detroit Lions may have found the perfect answer to replace Jason Hanson, who retired last season. Check out 28-year-old Havard Rugland, a.k.a. “Kickalicious.” He’s a YouTube sensation and when you check out these moves, you’ll see why.
The Detroit Lions decided to take a chance on Havard Rugland, a left-footed kicker/punter from Norway. The Lions have also signed David Akers this offseason, also left-footed, and both are tasked with trying to replace the legendary Jason Hanson. According to the Detroit Lions website:
The Lions brought Rugland in for a tryout last month but did not sign him at the time.
NFL teams are always looking for innovative ways to add talent to their roster. It appears that the Detroit Lions spend some time on You Tube. In their quest to replace veteran kicker Jason Hanson, the Lions have already signed free agent David Akers but have also added You Tube sensation Harvard Rugland from Norway. Rugland is a trick-shot kicker that really makes some amazing kicks...
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I’m all about trying to make it on YouTube, in fact my very first foray into the fantasy football advice field was on YouTube a few years back. After having kids though, making videos became a chore so I switched over to the written word. While I thought my advice was gold, I was often happy to get just a couple hundred views. The guy I’m going to talk about became a YouTube...
Pictured above is Havard Rugland, or as he likes to call himself, Kickalicious™. Rugland has uploaded multiple videos to Youtube where he kicks a football in unusual ways, in usual settings, for unusual results.The videos have apparently caught the eye of multiple NFL teams and Rugland has even been invited to work out for a few of them. And apparently, the Detroit Lions liked...
It turns out that YouTube can lead to gainful employment, after all.
Back in December, the New York Jets gave a tryout to one Havard Rugland. The Norwegian soccer player, by trade, had posted a YouTube video (hilariously titled “Kickalicious”) a couple months prior, showing him pulling off several trick-shot kicks with an America football, in addition to nailing 60-yard kicks...
The Detroit Lions have signed kicker Havard (HO-var) Rugland.
Terms of the deals weren't disclosed by the team Thursday.
Detroit's deal with Rugland seems to give newly acquired kicker David Akers some competition or at least provides some depth at the position for practice.
The Lions recently signed Akers soon after Jason Hanson retired and now also has a Norwegian Internet...