Detroit Lions cut ‘Kickalicious’ Harvard Rugland
“Kickalicious” has been kicked out. The Detroit Lions released kicker Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland on Tuesday.
The Lions cut Rugland to trim their roster to 75 players before Tuesday’s 4 pm deadline. Rugland became an internet sensation after producing a YouTube video with tricky shots, which included kicking a football to a friend on a boat, in a moving car, and on a skateboard, according to ESPN. The video has more than 4 million views, as of Tuesday.
Rugland, who is a native of Norway, signed with the Lions in April, months after his trick-kick video went viral. He had no football experience before the video, but has shown improvement while with the Lions. He made all three of his field goals in the preseason and was popular in the locker room. Despite Rugland’s popularity and improvement, the Lions always planned on using six-time Pro Bowler David Akers if he is healthy, according to USA Today Sports.
During his time with the Lions, Rugland impressed the other players.
“That big boot? He’s legit,” receiver Nate Burleson said last month, ESPN notes. “Kickalicious is for real. He isn’t just an Internet sensation.”
The Lions have also cut cornerback DeQuan Menzie. They have one more roster cut to go, to 53 players by 6 pm Saturday. While “Kickalicious” may be legit, the Lions still cut him in favor for a veteran. It will be interesting to see if another team will sign him.