Found June 18, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:
It has emerged that David Beckham was offered a trial as a kicker for an NFL team. The report in the Daily Mirror claimed NFL scouts contacted the star to see if he would be interested in trying out. A work of fiction or a story that could actually be true? And no acumen of the sport’s nuisances is required as a kicker’s job is simple. He comes on in specialist circumstances to either kick a conversion after a touchdown which is 19 yards from the uprights (which are 18 feet 6 inches apart) or boots a field goal which is worth three points (a conversion or PAT is only worth one point). Pro kickers are normally considered in range within 55 yards of the posts. And there is a history of international sportsmen trying their luck in Gridiron. Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen played for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe in 1997 – the feeder league at the time for the elite level in the US. A decade before former Welsh rugby star Paul Thorburn, who is credited with the longest penalty in the game’s history, kicked for the Los Angeles Rams in a NFL pre-season game against the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium. Although there have many successful overseas kickers in NFL, there has never been a example of an existing high profile sportsman making a successful switch. Norwegian Jan Stenerud, who is regarded as the first man to use the “soccer-style” for his kicks, came to the United States on a ski jumping scholarship to attend Montana State University before being spotted kicking a football by the college’s basketball coach. He turned pro and was given the ultimate honour in 1991 as he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While Morten Andersen, who in his early years was close to making the Danish youth football team, became the all-time leading scorer in the NFL with two different teams (New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons) after visiting the United States as an exchange student. Britain’s most successful NFL kicker was Mick Luckhurst who like Andersen was propelled from raw exchange student to a prolific kicker for the Atlanta Falcons. All three highlight that a grounding and experience in the college ranks before kicking in the NFL is the reality. In the NFL, nearly 85% of field goals attempts are successful and 99% of extra points. The reason for such a high percentage is the rich source of talent at each team’s disposal. Many say Beckham is one in a million but you are far more likely to see shoulder pads on a Posh Spice frock than you are on David.
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