05…04…You’re Not Even A Real Player…03…02…but You Will Make This Kick…

By Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated
Originally Published: September 10, 2012

The do-or-die life of kickers—outsiders in their own game—forges a bond that connects them across generations, and misses… Click here to read on

Ticats kicker Luca Congi lets his right leg do the talking

By Matthew Scianitti, The National Post
Originally Published: 28 September 2012

Don’t clutter Luca Congi’s mind. He needs full concentration for his job. One thought for one play.

“If you focus 5% on this, and 5% on that, it takes away from what you’re trying to achieve,” he said after Thursday’s walk-through. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker was sitting inside Ivor Wynne Stadium, looking at his field-goal tee, as he spun the perforated square of black plastic between his thumb and forefinger… Click here to read on

The Yin and Yang of Roberto Luongo

By David Ebner, The Globe and Mail
Originally Published: April 06, 2012

Roberto Luongo stands a metre in front of his goaltender’s crease. The Vancouver Canucks game is about to begin, a spotlight on him, the arena darkened, the crowd standing, the national anthems playing. Luongo, eyes and head tilted up, steps from skate to skate, the right tapping the left pad, the left tapping the right pad. His right hand holds his stick, tapping his left pad. Tap, tap, tap, keeping time, drumming up rhythm… Click here to read on

In the NFL game today, there are a lot of better athletes than I am, and quarterbacks these days are faster than the quarterbacks have always been, they’re running like crazy. But I kind of stick to my roots of the disciplined quarterback. You know, I’m doing the same routine every week, studying tapes and working hard, getting ready to play and making good decisions on Sundays.

~ Peyton Manning