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Lions sign left-footed kicker Havard Rugland “Kickalicious”

Posted by ttwentyman on April 11, 2013 – 5:44 pm

The Lions have a new kicker and he’s “Kickalicious.”

The team signed Norwegian kicking sensation Havard Rugland to a contract Thursday to compete for their kicking job left vacant by Jason Hanson’s retirement. Rugland’s deal is reportedly for three years and $1.485 million with no bonus or guaranteed money.

Rugland will compete with newly signed David Akers for the job. Both players are left-footed, which should make it easy on the holders this offseason.

Rugland is trying to parlay his incredible trick-shot video — which he called “Kickalicious” — into a job kicking for an NFL team.

The Lions brought Rugland in for a tryout last month but did not sign him at the time.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said at the NFL League Meetings last month that the team first learned about him from the internet video and through league channels.

Rugland is 6-foot-2 1/2 and 240 pounds and became familiar with the sport only a couple years ago. He has been training with former NFL kicker Michael Husted in San Diego since November of 2012 and has followed the career former NFL kicker and native Norwegian Jan Stenerud, one of only three kickers currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He’s also reportedly had workouts for the Browns and Jets before signing with the Lions.


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55 Responses to “Lions sign left-footed kicker Havard Rugland “Kickalicious””

  1. By George on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    OK I know that this may seem crazy but I could not be MORE happy with this signing!!!!!!!!!! This SOOOOO cool…if he can kick like he does in the video and those were legit man this could be the signing of a LIFETIME…I know I know he didn’t have pads and all that but still come on, he was crushing it from like 60yds outdoors and his accuracy was SICK…imagine when you face a return guy that you want to “avoid” he’ll be able to just nail it…I mean its like he has a laser sight on his foot LOL…Crazy but I’m thrilled…Let me be clear I LOVE Jason Hanson but this helps to ease the pain a bit…still want to see JH pic on the site out of respect, at least until he has his ring of honor ceremony…

  2. By Thomas on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    HELL FUCKING YES

  3. By Austin on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Really will be missing Hanson but saw this guys video a while back and thought a character like this back there would be fun to root for. I will miss not having an anxiety attack with kicks inside 55 yards though.

    Any chance they get Kickalicious to handle the punting as well?

  4. By Jason J on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Props for the Board and Rugland!!

  5. By Juan Carlos on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Come on guys In Mexico there are many good kickers, if you want a godd kicker, watch to jose carlos maltos he was training with SMU, he plays for Universidas Autónoma de Nuevo León, in México, and was invited for Dallas Cowboys.

  6. By Sanders on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    What the hell?! Is this real? I’m sad to see Jason go, but I hope this guy is genuine. Akers is pretty BA, but will we get the 44 of 52 from 2 years ago, or his numbers last year? If this guy truly has this power, accuracy, and Norwegianness, then he is fu**ing awesome!

  7. By jeremy on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    this guy is insane! ive never seen someone with such amazing accuracy and hes got some crazy leg power to ..he should easily win a job in training camp for sure im stoked to see how good he plays

  8. By Daniel DeMoss Photography on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    I shoot for Michael Husted of Husted Kicking and I know first hand the power and accuracy of Havard!!

    Congratulation Havard!

    www,DanielDeMossPhotography.com

  9. By champ on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    the only question i have is can he kick it from the left side of the field.

  10. By Caleb on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    this signing catapults detroit into super bowl talk

  11. By Black Wolf Standing on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Great signing!

    As a side note, maybe include a Lion’s Hall of Fame on the website to include videos and descriptions of trademark plays for members.

  12. By thallusphx on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully the Lions are learning how to work the system. The NFL draft is only for kids coming out of US colleges. International people are free agents.

    If i am wrong let me know, give me a link.

    Lions got a steal.

  13. By nighttrain1 on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    For the Lions to sign this guy they had to have some video expert examine the tape to make sure it’s not fake.
    if this guy is the real deal then Akers has no chance at all, field goals from anywhere, never seen anything like that ever!!!

  14. By lionsfan420 on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Someone pinch me!!! Holy crap i am awake and im not dreaming.
    I cannot hardly wait anymore for the season to start. lol
    Our roster is gonna be top notch guaronteed…

  15. By Jerry on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    I Keek a touchdown! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

  16. By Jerry on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    60+ yard field goals and the guy kicks off with ‘english’ on it, chasing the returner to the other side of the field and back. This should be worth going out to training camp just to see him. If anything, it’s amusing. If this guy is for real, then he would be a deal weapon on special teams. Brings new meaning to the phrase “special” teams. As long as he’s not kicking off the short bus…. LOL

  17. By Jerry on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    He’s wirey….

  18. By Geoff on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Keep Akers if he’s not terrible, let this guy punt!

  19. By sue on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    If the video wasn’t doctored and the Lions had it checked out .Then Isay that we got a steal.And a heck of a kicker.Go LIONS

  20. By Branden on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Nighttrain

    They brought him in and worked him out before signing him, they wouldn’t have signed him for hundreds of thousands of dollars based solely on a Youtube video. Lions management is pretty dumb sometimes, I won’t believe they’re THAT dumb.

    Anyway, this signing certainly can’t hurt. I wish they would have invited him to training camp instead, but if they signed him perhaps it was the best move to snatch him up. If he can hit those 60 yarders then I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

  21. By Beetle on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    He must truly have the ability to do it all. I’m sure that the Lions had him kick when he was here before. They wouldn’t sign him just because of an on-line video. The question remains does he have the ability to do it consistently under pressure during a game. If he can truly consistently kick with Jason Hanson’s accuracy and consistently have that kind of distance, then yes, it is a fantastic signing. Where we may have punted before, we can possibly get the 3 points instead which is a game changer for sure. Can I get an AMEN.

  22. By Ken on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not saying that he’ll be an awful kicker, but he must of tried almost 50-75 times on some of those kicks and only made one or two of them, plus he didn’t have the pressure of being in a game or defenders trying to block said kicks, but he has skill don’t get me wrong. Also i don’t think kickers are allowed drop kick the ball for a field goal

  23. By ryan on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    for those who think this is fake or should i say this guy isnt legit think about it he clearly is legit do think th elions would just sign some guy from norway no they would fly him out and he would kick numerous field goals for them he clearly impressed them why else would they sign him GO lions they got a steal

  24. By nighttrain1 on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Amen brother

  25. By Aron on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Lol wirey, I love it! Dude is 6-2.5 and 240, the size of an outside linebacker! Wonder how well he can tackle…

  26. By Freeman on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    I played little league baseball so maybe I can be Staffords backup? Please tell me this is a joke. Let the ridiculing of the Lions continue.

  27. By lionsgonewild on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Mayhew must be desperate….

  28. By SheriffCool on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Now all we need is some cheerleaders!!

  29. By Jerry on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Remember the kicker from “The Replacements”? He’s Wiiirrreeyy! ROFL!

  30. By Jerry on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    O-Layyyyyy! Olay, Olay Olay!!!!!!!!

  31. By Fred on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    WOW- I hope this guy can do all I see in the vid under pressure of a game.
    Field goal distance and accuracy is amazing and punting is just as good if not better

  32. By Jotne on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Dette er clondyke over igjen for norske NFL-fans,,,, lykke til Håvard…
    whit signing of Akers (SF 49`s) at the same time it will be competitive of course.
    But hope this “viking” can make it, he truly has the talent for sure…

  33. By Hawkeye on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    Kicking a football without anyone around is one thing. But doing it with a bunch of huge linemen yelling and rushing at you is something else. Besides the leg there is the mental toughness and to me that is what he has to prove. Can he kick when under pressure and being rushed, where he cannot take his time. Preseason will tell if he is for real or this is all a gimmick.

  34. By brian see on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    just think if we can get him punting the ball could really shake up the recievers have him kick left and swing the ball right he will be a force to be reconded with

  35. By mike on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    this guy is nutz, go lions

  36. By gsolionfan on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    This mule must have really impressed the Lions brass with non-gimmick kicking. 3 years 1.485 mill is a lot o $ to throw at a trick shot artist. Put him in crunch time with 11 guys ready to destroy him and see how he fairs.

  37. By muses5 on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    He is amazing, but can he tackle?

  38. By Robin on Apr 12, 2013 | Reply

    @ Hawkeye- definitely could make a difference, so will full gear, but if he’s been playing soccer for all these years….have you seen how finatical those people are about soccer????

  39. By paul on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    When you look at him approach the ball, he only takes 2 steps. Plenty of time to kick even under pressure. Jason Hanson has always been the man and will always respect him for what he accomplished. this guy would be a special type of person for Jason to pass the torch to. Hope it works out.

  40. By Michael on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Of course the guy can tackle, he played Rugby. If there is anything a Rugby play can bring and NFL team is “Wrap ‘N Tackle”…. and the Doug Flutie bounce/drop kick field goal.

  41. By Don on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Onside kick anyone?

  42. By Don on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    This dude is for real, And there is Time to get him used to crowds.
    and having players running at him from every angle.
    He really could be the New Lions FOOTball Kicker!

  43. By Wayne on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    We need a kicker like him hitting those 70 yarders. Because the Offense can’t get close enough for a touchdown.

  44. By Mike on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    We should be absolutely deadly on onside kicks, or anything that requires accuracy. The Lions are officially the best show on turf if they weren’t already. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford, and now Havard Rugland! lol #GOLIONS

  45. By AD on Apr 13, 2013 | Reply

    Alex Tanney is the next to be signed by Lions. Watch out #9 (check Tanney @youtube)

  46. By Ian on Apr 14, 2013 | Reply

    Instead of bouncing the ball off the ground for onside kicks, he can simply nail the return man square in the face!!!

  47. By Mats on Apr 14, 2013 | Reply

    Great Respect from Norway!

    Go Rugland!

  48. By Jerry harty on Apr 15, 2013 | Reply

    kicker and punter,1 man 2 spots???

  49. By Mih Brian on Apr 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think this is an incredible find and a sign that proves the Lions are looking outside the box to improve the team from last years. I believe you let this STUD compete for both kicking and punting to see if we can gain an advantge by being able to add one more player to our team. GREAT MOVE

  50. By Nick K on Apr 18, 2013 | Reply

    The guy is really one of a kind. Seen a few interviews. He’s a former Hall Of Famer Rugby player, i dont think hes gonna have a problem bejng scared of guys wearing pads. Most of those were one take shots. Congratulations Havard Rugland! In pumped about this season!

  51. By Mih Brian on Apr 19, 2013 | Reply

    Great pick-up…I think it is going to blow most people away how good this guy is going to be. A real game changer from a distance

  52. By Tormod on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    KJEMPE :) (GREAT)

    This is something we Norwegian NFL Fans have been looking forward too!

  53. By Hawkeye on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    OK so what happened to Kickalicious and was in in rookie training camp?? I do not recall reading anything and if he was spectacular then it would have been in the news. As I stated early on in April, kicking with no one in front of you is a whole lot different than with a line of guys trying to knock you down. So where is he????

  54. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 18, 2013 | Reply

    “38-year-old Akers sat out most of spring workouts to rest a hip injury that contributed to his struggles last year…”

    So, does Akers get the job by sitting out and having one of the worst years in his career to stand on? Or does a kid who played rugby get a chance? If you ever played rugby, you will know the players are tough. I have no doubt that kicking in the NFL will be a walk in the park for him.

    There happens to be a Norwegian rugby player named Jan Stenerud who did a pretty good job at kicking in the NFL too.

    Havard Rugland did great in the OTA’s. Next up is training camp and preseason.

  55. By Dean Ford on Jul 10, 2013 | Reply

    I’m happy to see the Lions sign this kid…..skillllz

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