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Placekicking in the NFL
October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
NFL placekicking has quite a history, from the early days of the dropkick, to the placekick, to kicking barefoot, to soccer style kicking. Each style is analyzed through statistics to show their effectiveness for field goals and extra points. Each season approximately 30% of all games in pro football are won by field goals. Field goals and extra points account for 20% of the league’s yearly total points.
Rick Gonsalves will discuss the use of artificial turf and the development of domed stadiums and their effects on placekicking accuracy. Biographies of kickers who helped to change the way a football is kicked will be presented as well. Along with the mental aspects of the skill, the development of the square-toe kicking shoe used by straight-on kickers and changes in goal posts as well as the shape of the ball itself.
Packed with loads of history and experience, join us as Rick presents a robust presentation on the history and influence of placekicking in football history. All part of our Neighbor to Neighbor: A Learning Exchange program.
RICK GONSALVES is the former placekicker and punter for Gloucester High School and Bridgewater State University. He’s also the author of Specialty Teams, one of the first books to cover all phases of the pro kicking game, and Placekicking in the NFL: A History and Analysis.
Named to the coaching staff at the prestigious Pat Dye Kicking Academy for Auburn University and then the Gino Cappelletti’s Boot Camp, Rick prepared special team reports and kicker evaluations for the Cleveland Browns (1979), the New York Jets (1980-84), and the New England Patriots (1985-95).
Featured in the documentary The NFL Presents: The Kicking Game, Rick is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and offers coaching clinics through the Cape Ann Kicking Academy.