The Detroit Lions have acquired Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland, the "Kickalicious" Internet phenomenon.
According to Tim Twentyman of Lions.com, Rugland was brought in on Thursday:
The team signed Norwegian kicking sensation Havard Rugland to a contract Thursday to compete for their kicking job left vacant by Jason Hanson’s retirement. Terms of the deal were not known.
Rugland will compete with newly signed David Akers for the job. Both players are left-footed, which should make it easy on the holders this offseason.
Some may not be familiar with Rugland, but know this: His ball-control skills with a football cannot justifiably be described in words.
Displayed in the video above, rough terrain and varying ground levels didn't affect his ability to hit his intended target. Footing on an NFL field should in theory pale in comparison.
Fielding one of the NFL's most explosive passing games, we know the Lions will get into scoring position. However, with the shaky David Akers pegged for the starting kicking position after Jason Hanson's retirement, Rugland will provide a much-needed battle in training camp.
Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk puts this signing in perspective:
The idea of a guy earning a job in the NFL thanks in large part to a YouTube video feels like an almost too perfect statement of our time.
It will be fun watching the 6'2'', 240-pound YouTube sensation kick the rock from every angle, distance and surface in pro football.