Lions release Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland

Posted Aug 27, 2013

Rugland was a favorite among fans, teammates and coaches

What started out as a YouTube sensation and became an international story involving the Detroit Lions is no more.

The Lions cut ties with kicker Harvard "Kickalicious" Rugland on Tuesday as they continue to trim their roster down to the required 75 by 4 p.m. today.

The team also released cornerback DeQuan Menzie.

Rugland signed with the Lions in April, after his trick-shot YouTube video went viral.

At the time, kicker David Akers was recovering from off-season hernia surgery and the Lions were looking for a left-footed kicker so their holders wouldn’t have to turn around and hold the other way when the left-footed Akers returned.

It’s safe to say the 28-year-old native of Norway exceeded expectations, though. He showed a very powerful leg, which head coach Jim Schwartz described as "easy gas".

But it was always going to be an uphill climb for Rugland to make the team over Akers, who is a six-time Pro Bowler and only two years removed from a record-breaking 44 field-goal season.

Rugland has had quite the cult following since April and was featured in Sports Illustrated, GQ and on the NBC Nightly News.

He made all three of his field goals in the preseason, from 49, 50 and 33 yards, and was very popular among his teammates.

But Akers was always going to be the guy after Jason Hanson retired in April and he was brought aboard a few days later.

Akers has made 7 of 8 field goal attempts this preseason, missing wide right from 31 yards in last week’s, 40-9, victory over the New England Patriots.

The team has to make three more roster cuts by 4 p.m. today, and has to be down to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday.