clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Lions sign kicker Havard Rugland

New, comments

The Detroit Lions have signed Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland, who is known best for his trick-shot YouTube video.

Doug Pensinger

The Detroit Lions have made a pretty unique move to add some competition to their starting kicker job. After signing veteran David Akers last week, the Lions announced on Thursday that they have signed Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland, who rose to prominence via YouTube.

Rugland actually tried out for the Lions earlier in the offseason, and he also got a look from some other teams. The Lions found out about him through his trick-shot YouTube video that went viral. Since then, he has been trying to land a gig with an NFL team, and the Lions have decided to give him a shot. Here's the video:

According to the Lions, Rugland was an amateur soccer player in Norway before picking up interest in American football in 2011. Since last November, he's been training in San Diego with kicking coach Michael Husted. Now, he's on an NFL roster.

Akers is certainly the favorite to become the Lions' starting kicker, but Rugland will at least get a shot to make an impression on coaches. Assuming he remains on the roster going into the summer, he will compete with Akers for the starting job and a spot on the 53-man roster.