Veteran kicker Neil Rackers was right where he wanted to be late Monday morning at Redskins Park: With a longsnapper and a holder.
Rackers, who was signed last month to compete with three-year Redskins’ starter Graham Gano for the team’s kicking duties, said he’s enjoying his time with his new squad.
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Late last week, the Redskins announced that they had tendered a contract to kicker Graham Gano, bringing him back for a fourth season in Washington.
The ‘Graham-Champion’ of a brief kicking competition with Shayne Graham in training camp, Gano improved on his 2010 numbers and accounted for a career-high 119 points.
Along the way, he also broke the franchise record for longest field goal, with a 59-yard boom from midfield against the 49ers at FedExField. In an otherwise up-and-down year for the Redskins’ field goal team, everything came together on a perfect play, allowing Gano to do what he does best: crush kicks from downtown.
Don’t believe me? Check the Florida state football record book. Read more »
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In the latest episode of Football Freakonomics, experts examined whether there was any basis to the commonplace maneuver of icing the kicker.
The storied tradition of icing the kicker was actually begun by your very own Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2007. Just as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski lined up for the game-winning kick, Shanahan sneaked over to the line judge and called a timeout, negating his 3-point boot.
Minutes later, he missed his second try. The Broncos went on to win that game, and thus, a new football tradition was born. Four years later, it’s unthinkable not to put him on ice.
But, evidently, it doesn’t actually work, and Redskins Graham Gano would agree.
“Yeah, I wouldn’t even call it ‘icing’–it’s stupid,” Gano said. “[Texans head coach Gary] Kubiac did it to me last year.”
And it worked: Read more »
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As the plane touched down in Toronto yesterday, it was an all too familiar feeling for Redskins punter Sav Rocca. The Italian-Australian footballer has now played for four teams, across two major professional sports, on three continents, four countries, spanning 21 years.
“I’ve played in Australia, the U.S., Canada, and we played an exhibition game in London when I was in Australia,” he said. “That’s about it playing wise.”
That’s twice as many as any of his Redskins teammates, and four more than you or I have. Read more »
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Two weeks ago, Clint Stitser had a lot on his mind. At work, he had to manage realty properties, clients, escrows and listings. At home, he had a 5-month old baby girl named Avery, and a wife that needed help around the house.
He was out walking the dogs before work, when his phone rang, with a call from his football agent.
“You’re going to New York,” the voice said, to try-out for the Giants.
“Well, holy crap, I’m three hours away from the airport,” Stitser remembered thinking.
From there, he had a lot different things on his mind for Monday morning. Read more »
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With Graham Gano currently celebrating the birth of his first child, the Redskins have added Clint Stitser as an insurance policy on kicking duties for tonight.
There is still a chance that Gano can make the games.
Stitser is 26 years old, and a resident of Reno, Nev. As a matter of fact, when he’s not working on putting one through the uprights, he’s working on trying to make you a resident of Reno, Nev.
Clint Stitser’s day job is as a real estate agent for Reno Real Estate. His latest message on his Facebook page reads:
Hi All! The Reno Housing Authority is using Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to rehab homes and offer them to first time homebuyers. Their first unit of 2011 just hit the market and there are some HUGE incentives for first time homebuyers. (like up to $30,000 in no-interest no-payment forgivable loans and a $5,000 cash grant for closing costs) If you have questions give me a shout!
And apparently, the Redskins did give him a shout. The following video is an example of the Clint Stitser real estate experience: Read more »
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