Former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken will get another shot in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, according to Adam Schefter.
Surprise setback for Super Bowl contender: Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein – aka “Legatron” – is being placed on IR with a back injury and team is signing former Penn St kicker Sam Ficken, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 20, 2017
Ficken replaces Pro Bowl kicker Greg Zuerlein, who was placed on the IR list following a back injury, and will likely start week 15 and possibly through the rest of the season. Sitting at 10-4 and two games ahead of the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams are almost mathematically locked into the playoffs.
Ficken played for Penn State from 2011 through 2014. He started his career in State College slowly, but finished as one of the most beloved players in recent program history. He earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.
Ficken went undrafted in 2015 and had stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason. This will be his first time kicking in a regular season game.
His story already seemed destined for Hollywood. Now he will have the chance to show off his skills there. If you’ve forgotten his prowess as a kicker, don’t fret. Here’s a 41-minute highlight reel of Ficken driving it through the uprights.