“The Kicker,” a film that focuses on the place kicker and their lonely place within the National Football League, is currently in production and judging by its trailer looks to be an intense, sad, joyful and interesting look into the players who have probably the toughest job on earth.
They are either loved or hated, sometimes at the same time (cue Mason Crosby here). Though the website for this film projects a 2012 release, it has yet to be made available.
Exclusive interviews with the likes of Jan Stenerud, Gary Anderson, Mark Mosely, Kevin Butler, Tom Dempsey, Billy Cundiff and many others are promoted on the film’s website, http://kickermovie.com.
We all have favorite or not-so-favorite moments swirling in our minds about kickers – the ones they missed, the ones they’ve made. We all remember when Green Bay Packers kicker Chester Marcol lined up for the game-winning field goal in the 1980 opener against the Chicago Bears in overtime; he approached the ball, swung his leg like he had thousands of times before, connected with the football and followed through. The only thing was that the ball didn’t make it past the line of scrimmage because Alan Page had broken through it and blocked the ball right back into Marcol’s arms. He caught it, hesitated, then broke around left end untouched and into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
There have been so many other timeless moments involving kickers. Tom Dempsey, the man born with half of a foot, kicked the 63-yard field goal that remains the standard of the industry – thought it’s been tied several times, the distance has never been outdone.
Billy Cundiff missing the game-winning 32-yard field goal in the AFC Championship Game a couple of years ago; Chicago Bears’ kicker Kevin Butler making a game-winner against the Green Bay Packers and turning to the Packers bench to flash them the finger; Mark Mosely missing the game-winning field goal against the Green Bay Packers in that wild Monday Night Game that is still the highest-scoring Monday Night game of all time; Gary Anderson missing the kick against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game in 1998 – his only miss of the season.
I could go on and on and I’m sure so could you.
Instead, I’ll let this trailer of “The Kicker” speak for itself …