'Kickalicious' trying to adjust to NFL routine

Updated: May 11, 2013, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Havard Rugland's story is unlike that of any other player at Detroit's rookie minicamp.

The Norwegian kicker became an Internet sensation after producing video footage of all sorts of quirky trick shots. Now he faces the more mundane challenge of mastering NFL fundamentals. The Lions signed him last month and are giving him a chance to make the team.

The Lions need a kicker after Jason Hanson's retirement. They signed Rugland and David Akers a couple days apart in April, and now they want to see how quickly the 28-year-old Rugland can adjust to an NFL kicker's routine. Whether he's working on the timing of the snap and hold or just getting used to wearing a helmet, this is still a fairly new experience for him.


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