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Justin Time: Only A Rookie, Ravens' Tucker Has Prior Super Bowl "Experience"

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

The life of a field goal kicker is as much about between the ears as it is about between the uprights.

"People remember when you do well," said Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. "They'll also remember when you fail."

Tucker will never be forgotten by Longhorns fans (or Aggies for that matter) after he kicked the winning field goal in the final Texas/Texas A&M game prior to conference realignment.

But even that historic boot couldn't give him a leg up on his competition. Tucker was not invited to the NFL Draft Combine.

"I didn't have a doubt that I would get a shot," Tucker told KEYE TV sports during Super Bowl XLVII week.

Therefore, in order to showcase his talents for scouts, he had to take matters into his own hands. Tucker produced a video and uploaded it to YouTube hoping it would help him get a look from the NFL.

"Once a door is open and your foot is in it, it's about walking all the way through," said Tucker. "For me, I knew I would never have the luxury of just walking right on through. I'd have to bust it down."

After signing with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent, Tucker ousted Billy Cundiff - a Pro Bowl kicker two years prior, and won the starting job as a rookie. Since then, he's been as automatic as king cake on Fat Tuesday.

"We knew at the start of the season that we had a special guy at that position," said Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta. "He was just solid all throughout and then in every pressure situation, he's been huge for us."

If Tucker is faced with a Super Bowl winning kick Sunday, don't be surprised if the rookie feels right at home in the Dome.

"I always end my warm-up routine based off of Adam Vinatieri's 48 yard field goal from the right hash that won the Super Bowl in 2001," Tucker said.

It was Super Bowl 36, a game played on the very same date (February 3rd) in the very same place (The Superdome) that the Ravens and 49ers will meet Sunday.

"You know, I never really asked him day one what was the significance behind it," said Ravens punter and holder Sam Koch. "But later in the season I started understanding what the point of it was."

As a kicker in the NFL, your mind is as valuable as your leg.

"I'm living the dream but I don't have to pinch myself - I knew I'd be here," Tucker told KEYE TV sports in New Orleans.

And it's a place he's been many times before.

Justin Time: Only A Rookie, Ravens' Tucker Has Prior Super Bowl "Experience"


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Scores & Schedules

August 29, 2014 09:13 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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KEYE-TV Sports Team


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