It seems like an easy enough job. Put on a uniform, kick a few balls, go home. Normally, you don’t even have to worry about getting hit. Of course, what no one ever mentions is the pressure, the one shot, hero-or-goat, win-or-go-home opportunity that comes with untold thousands watching you in person and millions more watching on television. How many of us have to perform our job with that kind of anxiety hanging over us.
Kicking a field goal is easy, right? Anyone who has ever been a member of the kicker’s fraternity can tell you that it is anything but. How many of us have to do our jobs in front of thousands of screaming, alcohol-fueled fanatics in sub-freezing temperatures, wind, and poor footing? Never mind the fact that success is linked to factors completely out of your control. If you think you’ve got the cojones to handle it, you might want to try walking a mile in Doug Brien’s shoes first. If you can handle the disappointment of knowing that you let 52 other players, the coaching staff, and your fans down…welll, you’re a better man than I am, Charlie Brown.