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DOTD: Sam Ficken Nails 65-Yard Field Goal, Is Still Somehow A Free Agent

13 field goals were missed by NFL (read: professional) kickers in the fourth week of the NFL season, before the Sunday and Monday night games. Additionally, four extra points were missed. If only there was an undrafted free agent kicker out there who could cure the NFL’s kicking woes.


10/1/15…from 65….ringer is on #freshlegs

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That’s Penn State legend Sam Ficken nailing a 65-yard field goal in practice. For those keeping score at home, the longest in-game field goal ever made is 64 yards, made in 2013 by Matt Prater in the thin Denver air.

Elsewhere in the NFL this year: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Kyle Brindza has missed five field goals and two extra points in the last two weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently using their fourth kicker since the preseason, none of which have been Ficken. And finally, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Cody Parkey is out with a groin injury, but they signed Caleb Sturgis a day after the news broke.

A majority of the 32 NFL front offices have proven this year that they, somehow, do not want to sign Sam Ficken. He has the statistical resume to back up his application, and he’s had more mental toughening than anyone else. As the NFL season continues on and its kickers continue to suck, stay tuned to see where Ficken ends up.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


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