• Lions rookie kicker puts on a helmet for the first time in his life

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated May 11, 2013
    I actually asked him out there, ‘Is this the first time you’ve had a helmet on,’ and he said, ‘Yeah.’ So, you’ve got to start there.” Not many people sign an NFL contract before they’ve ever worn a football helmet. Rugland, the Norwegian kicker who parlayed a trick shot YouTube video into a spot on the Lions’ offseason roster, had the first football practice of his life at the Lions’ rookie minicamp on Friday. Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked afterward where the coaches had to start with Rugland. But Havard Rugland’s path to the NFL was not like most. “Didn’t really get that whole thing. Rugland is not expected to make the regular-season roster, and Schwartz detailed how much work Rugland has to do.
    • Lions' 'Kickalicious' gets acquainted with American football

      Between training with former NFL kicker Michael Husted and workouts with the Jets, Browns and Lions, Rugland had never worn a helmet before Friday. After two days with the new equipment, Rugland said the helmet actually helps him keep his head down.
      Source: detnews.com

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