You can say a lot of things about
Call his path to training camp unorthodox. Same for his kicking style before the Lions' coaches helped shake and tweak it to make it NFL-ready.
You can even joke that his homeland of Norway shares a border with "No Way" as a country that produces American football players.
But you cannot call Havard Rugland a novelty anymore. The way he worked in the offseason program, what he did in two weeks of training camp, and how he came through facing a real rush for the first time in an NFL game Friday night makes Rugland anything but a novelty act.
Call Kickalicious a bona fide prospect to have a career in the NFL.
He proved his mettle by making both of his field goal attempts in the Lions' 26-17 victory over the Jets in the opening preseason game at Ford Field.
There were a lot of smiles on the Lions' sideline and in their locker room, and Rugland produced his share. The coaching staff and Rugland's teammates have warmed to how seriously he has taken the opportunity given him to develop into a legitimate kicker.
That might have been in question after viewing the YouTube video of his trick-shot kicks. But not now. He is kicking to win a job.
The Lions signed veteran
Before Friday night, Rugland had seen only two NFL games in person. One was in San Diego last year. The other was in New York late in the 2011 season.
"I was sitting in New York freezing, at the top of the stadium," Rugland said. "I like this a lot better."
His 49-yard field goal came with 2:13 left in the third quarter and extended the Lions' lead to 23-14. Rugland knew he hit it hard, but he was worried about the ball clearing the Jets' rush.
"When it left my foot, it felt a little low," he said. "When it cleared their defense, it felt great. It was a good feeling."
Rugland celebrated with his teammates – a little too much, in fact. When he got to the sideline, Akers told him he had more work to do.
"I almost forgot my kickoff," Rugland said. "I was so happy. David said, 'Hey, you've got to kick off."
His kickoff was a yard deep into the end zone. The Jets got a 21-yard return, to the 20-yard line.
In the fourth quarter, Rugland connected again, this time from 50 yards. There was no angst on that kick. It was high, with no chance for a block, and straight through the uprights with 9:43 left.
That closed out the scoring. Rugland's kickoff was two yard deep. Again, the Jets got a return to their 20.
Havard, who turns 29 in October, has embraced the opportunity given him by the Lions. Once his teammates saw that he was committed to wanting to be a pro kicker, they embraced him back.
Frankly, this was an offseason when the Lions needed every smile and feel-good story they could get after last season's 4-12 dirge. It would be a giant stretch to say that Havard has changed the Lions' attitude, but he's playing a small role in creating an upbeat atmosphere.
"It's an awesome story, and the guy is a pretty darn good kicker."
"He's a great dude," Suh said. "Obviously, his accent is hilarious."
And his horizons are expanding beyond YouTube and the local media.
Last week, NBC had a crew in Detroit to do a piece on Rugland. The Peacock Network planned to run it this weekend.
It's good timing for Kickalicious. Just like his kicks have become.