Havard Rugland had never played a game of football–but that didn’t stop the 27-year-old Norwegian from posting a YouTube video, “Kickalicious,” in which he made four minutes’ worth of uncanny trick shots. It was averaging 5,000 hits per day, and then this happened:
Dear NFL Teams: If you need a kicker, you might want to take a look at this guy -> bit.ly/STf3dN
— ESPN (@espn) October 11, 2012
Not only did the video go viral–hitting a million views earlier this week–but a general manager took ESPN’s advice, and Rugland was flown to America to try out for the New York Jets. He told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, “It went well. They tested me on field goals and kickoffs. Obviously you feel a little more pressure here, but I stayed pretty calm.”
Rugland spent a few weeks beforehand training with former NFL kicker Michael Husted, who said in a press release that the Jets “definitely see his potential. They understand that he has never played the game, but his leg strength impressed them. They would like him to continue to train and then they will bring him back in for another workout at the end of February.”
So, Rugland can’t count his millions quite yet, but he says “my goal is to get a contract before the preparations begin for next season.” Not bad, considering that he was just showing off for his camera-wielding friends.