The Detroit Lions cut kicker Havard Rugland, aka "Kickalicious," the international sensation, on Tuesday as they get closer to the league-mandated 75-man roster. That means David Akers has won the Lions' kicking job a year after struggling down the stretch with the 49ers.
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But back to Kickalicious for a moment. He captured our attention with his insane YouTube audition (pushing 5 million views now), and with a name that could have placed him in the middle of the "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" series, he became something of a cult phenomenon.
Really, Rugland did nothing wrong. The 28-year-old Norwegian made all three of his field-goal attempts in the preseason, handled kickoff duty and reportedly was popular among his new teammates, despite the international press attention he received. The Lions clearly just trusted Akers a little bit more.
Now, all of that is gone — for now. It will be fascinating to see if another team kicks the tires on "Kickalicious" after a good first NFL showing.
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