August 15, 2014

NFL News: Browns give tryout to “Kickalicious,” Håvard Rugland

Tucked inside an updated version of Mary Kay Cabot’s column regarding Phil Dawson (as discussed here on Thursday), is a line item regarding the Cleveland Browns trying out a kicker named Håvard Rugland.

Rugland, 28, is a Norwegian known to many as “Kickalicious,” a trick-kick — the football equal of the basketball trick shot — artist who became an Internet sensation when he posted a YouTube video of him placing footballs into various confined, moving locations.

Rugland has never played football and comes from a soccer background. In addition to kicking footballs into boats and moving cars, Rugland allegedly has the leg to also kick 60-yard field goals, but scouts say that he tends to take more than the two or three requisite steps used by NFL kickers.

Cabot believes it is highly unlikely that the team signs the 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound Rugland, who would replace Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson. Dawson, a former free agent, signed a one-year $2.25 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think the Browns will do a good job of not only selecting whoever it’s going to be, but working with him and being patient with him,” said Dawson. “I’m going to be pulling for him. I’d just encourage everyone to be patient and embrace the new guy and support him the way they have done me.”

[Related: The Browns are right to lay low with Lombardi]

  • RGB

    6′ 2″, 245… he could double as the tight end. Now, that’s sabermetrics at it’s best folks… ;)

    Well played, Mr. Lombardi, well played.

  • MrCleaveland

    Ha ha, that was fun. Rivals Brandon Weeden’s skeet video.

  • mgbode

    not to mention halftime show artist.

  • mgbode

    Good thing Rugland is only 28. If he was 30, Banner never would have considered him.

  • Grif_E

    It’s Havard, not Harvard. If he can perform well outside of the confines of the editing suite and inside the confines of actual game situations I’m on board. A kicker who plays futbol? Ohh the humanity; surely something to freak out about.

  • Toddyus

    I love that they’re doing this. My expectations are low, to say the least, but I like the due diligence. If the guy is legitimate, it could create some interesting special teams trick plays.

  • Toddyus

    “…tends to take more than the two or three requisite steps used by NFL kickers.”

    The video would suggest otherwise. Right around the 3 minute mark, he kicks multiple 50 yarders in succession taking three steps each time (the third step being the one that contacts the ball – not sure if that counts or not).

  • BenRM

    Jeremy Bloom anyone?

  • Natedawg86

    He is perfect. Punter and Kicker….done

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Phrasing

  • hutch058

    yeah, but can he make a 50 yard fg?

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I wonder how many tries it took to get the last “double kick” right…

  • mgbode

    well, he did several times in the youtube video.

  • mgbode

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/21436520/jets-give-norwegian-youtube-kicking-sensation-a-tryout

    Jets passed on him, so I think we should too. If anything, Rex Ryan knows a good foot when he sees it.

  • hutch058

    I guess I have need to work on conveying sarcasm through my written words….I’ll get there one day

  • simond

    i would have expected this from randy learner

  • TOJ

    Internet videos? Feet? I want him on a plane yesterday!

  • paulbip

    Getting rid of Dawson will cost the Browns at least 2 games.

  • joshua lamb

    browns need a kicker to fill in for the best kicker ever this is the one