It now appears that rookie Cowboys kicker David Buehler has replaced Chuck Norris as the baddest man alive.
In case you didn’t know:
David Buehler can slam a revolving door.
David Buehler counted to infinity—twice.
David Buehler doesn’t get frostbite. He bites frost.
You get the point.
It doesn’t seem there is anything Buehler can’t do.
The former USC Trojan has worn many hats this training camp, working as a placekicker, kickoff specialist, and as a gunner on return coverage units.
During preseason’s week one game against the Raiders, Buehler nailed a 39-yard field goal, had a touchback, and registered a tackle on his own kickoff.
His latest feat had him beating Cowboy defensive back and fellow rookie DeAngelo Smith in a 50-yard foot race after practice.
And it wasn’t even close.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise. At 6’2”, 227 lbs., Buehler was known as a great athlete coming out of USC. In fact, his 4.62 40-yard dash at the combine was faster than the times of his Trojan linebacker teammates Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga. He also bested all three USC linebackers (Cushing, Maualuga, and Clay Matthews) in the bench press, posting 25 reps.
“He’s on steroids,” joked wide receiver Roy Williams.
Well, the Cowboys obviously felt he was clean enough to take in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
The team envisions Buehler as a kickoff specialist, which makes him sort of a luxury. Keeping an extra kicker makes you go short at another position, so the coaches are looking to justify his spot by finding him other roles, such as holding kicks on extra point attempts.
"The more I can do the merrier,” says Buehler.
As Buehler’s job description grows, so does his legend.
Don’t be surprised if you hear about Buehler fixing the economy and finding Osama bin Laden sometime soon.