Håvard Rugland

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Håvard Rugland
No. --     Free agent
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-07) October 7, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth: Ålgård, Norway
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Håvard Rugland (born October 7, 1984), nicknamed Kickalicious,[1] is a Norwegian placekicker who played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.[2]

On September 16, 2012, Rugland posted a video titled Kickalicious™ onto YouTube, under the name "bighdeluxe".[3] After the video went viral, Rugland traveled to San Diego to train with retired NFL kicker Michael Husted. In December 2012, the New York Jets hosted a tryout for Rugland.[4][5] In March 2013, Rugland worked out for the Cleveland Browns[6] and the Lions, who later signed him in April.[7] He competed with David Akers for the starting spot.

On August 9, 2013, Rugland made his NFL debut in a preseason game vs. the New York Jets, going 2-for-2 with a long field goal from 50 yards out.[8] On August 24, 2013, Rugland was cut by the Lions in favor of Akers. He went 3-for-3 in preseason with field goals of 33, 49, and 50 yards.[9] After Rugland cleared waivers, he had a workout with the Green Bay Packers, but was not added to the Packers' opening day roster.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detroit Lions sign Norwegian kicking prospect Havard Rugland, who gained fame with his trick-shot video ‘Kickalicious’". New York Daily News. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dan Hanzus (April 11, 2013). "'Kickalicious' Havard Rugland signs with Detroit Lions". Around the League. National Football League. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Harvard Rugland (September 16, 2012). "Kickalicious™". YouTube. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Will Brinson (December 21, 2012). "Jets give Norwegian YouTube kicking sensation a tryout". Eye on Football. CBS Sports. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mattias Karen (January 8, 2013). "Havard Rugland, Norwegian Kicker, Dreams Of NFL After Viral Video". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Mary Kay Cabot (March 21, 2013). "Phil Dawson leaves with goodwill toward Cleveland Browns, despite team opting not to bring him back for 2013". Cleveland. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Sam Gutelle (April 12, 2013). "YouTube Sensation ‘Kickalicious’ Gets Signed By NFL Team". Tubefilter. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Sean Yuille (August 9, 2013). "Havard Rugland impresses in first career game". SB Nation. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Dave Birkett (August 27, 2013). "Detroit Lions cut Kickalicious (a.k.a. Havard Rugland)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Justin Rogers (August 30, 2013). "Green Bay Packers work out former Detroit Lions kicker Havard Rugland". MLive.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.