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Norwegian’s Kicking Video Earns Him a Tryout with Jets

Yes, these amazing kicking tricks performed by 28-year-old Norwegian soccer player Harvard Rugland are legit:

“It started this summer vacation and we made a trick shot video of me kicking a football,” Rugland told ABC News.

The video now has more than one million views on YouTube since it was originally posted in September.

“I think it’s around 1.1 [million], actually, now,” added Rugland.

Pro football’s New York Jets were among those vast amounts of views. Since Tim Tebow couldn’t answer the prayers of the beleaguered franchise, officials apparently went looking overseas to Norway for a savior.

“They had watched the video and they liked what they saw and they wanted me to go to tryouts,” said Rugland.

It was a pretty great accomplishment for Rugland, who may have been kicking a soccer ball his whole life, but only started kicking a football a year and a half ago.

And the tryout went well for Rugland.

“Out of 20 kicks, I made 16, 17, I think,” he said.

Alas, the Jets’ incumbent kicker, Nick Folk, has been successful on 78.3 percent of his field goal attempts this season, including three of four from beyond 50 yards, and has converted all of his extra point tries during his five-year professional career.

In other words, don’t expect the Jets to retain the services of both L.A. native Folk and Aalgaard resident Rugland.

That would simply be an unafjordable luxury. [ducks]

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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