WHICH KICK OF YOURS IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY?
“I would say that Giants one was probably my favorite. Just
being new to the team, new to the city, and that being my first
home game, it just made it a special kick.”
WHICH KICK HAD MORE PRESSURE, THE 61-YARDER OR THE FOURTH QUARTER IN
THE SUPER BOWL?
“I would say that the Super Bowl one was probably more
pressure-packed because obviously the stage it was on. I would
say the Giants one was still a big pressure kick for me because
I was new to the team, trying to prove I was worth being here.
Trying to save my job. But I was honestly not even that nervous
for that kick. I was just really confident for it for some reason and
I was just begging for the chance.”
HOW DID THINGS CHANGE FOR YOU AFTER THE GAME-WINNER AGAINST
“I would say publicity-wise, it obviously changed a lot. It
didn’t change anything that I did per se as far as, I would just
get recognized more when I went out and stuff like that. But
nothing crazy. Being recognized out in public is just so different
than where I came from. I blend in pretty well. So, once you start
getting noticed around Philly, they’re pretty passionate fans, so
YOUR ROOKIE YEAR HAD SOME UPS AND DOWNS EARLY. DID YOU THINK IT
WOULD END WITH A SUPER BOWL?
“Definitely not. It was definitely a roller-coaster ride, being
drafted pretty high for a kicker (fifth round, 153rd overall), and
then ending up being cut, being shipped off here, it was just a
huge roller-coaster ride. And then winning it all my rookie year,
it seems almost easy but it’s hard to win in this league. You hear
that from all of the veterans, and once you’re really in the thick
of things, that’s when you really notice. But it was a rollercoaster
ride for sure.”
HOW DID YOU PREPARE TO KICK IN A SUPER BOWL AS A ROOKIE?
“I approached that week like every other week and did that
as much as possible and thought it was just going to be like any
other game until I stepped out on the field for the first time. The
legs were a little heavy, a little shaky. It was different. It was a
different stage. But I think after that first one, after that first
kick, things calmed down a little bit. I kind of got into the flow of
the game and felt all right.”
HOW DO YOU STAY ZONED IN BEFORE A BIG KICK?
“I just try to stay off on my own. I really don’t communicate
with others during those times. A lot of people like to go off and
will like to crack a joke with a buddy and try to ease the mood,
but I like to go off on my own and be in my little zone. I do that
pretty much for every kick. Try not to treat them differently.”
DO YOU GET MORE NERVOUS FOR LONG KICKS?
“I wouldn’t say more nervous. I would say more zoned in, just
being aware of the situation. I try not to think too much of it, not
make anything bigger than it needs to be. But those situations,
those are the ones you can’t wait for as a kicker.”
WHICH STADIUM IS YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST-FAVORITE
“Favorite is pretty much anywhere indoors. The toughest, I
haven’t actually kicked in it, but I grew up in Chicago and I’ve
heard that Soldier Field is hard to hit in. In college, I played at the
Linc against Temple and it was actually one of the tougher ones
I ever had to kick in college. It was cool that I knew the stadium
and had to kick there a few times before I came here so that was
a little bit of a helpful experience.”
FANS LIKE TO TRY AND MESS UP THE KICKER FROM BEHIND THE GOAL POSTS.
DOES THAT WORK?
“It doesn’t affect me that much. I’m pretty good at this point at
tuning that stuff out. So, I try to stay in my zone and not worry
about all that stuff.”