By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
OU fans may remember the story of Patrick O’Hara. Or they may not.
He was a kicker for the Sooners a few years back. Didn’t make a huge splash. Just booted in 10 of his 15 career field goals during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
But what made his tale all the more intriguing (and memorable) was how he ended up in Norman.
His kicking talents were originally showcased in a homemade YouTube video, which O’Hara created with his brother at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
OU coaches noticed the strong-legged newcomer and, eventually, the wonders of the Internet earned O’Hara a role in one of the Big 12′s high-powered offenses.
Here’s the original video:
What makes this story relevant today?
Well, there’s a somewhat similar tale taking place right now, only on a much broader scale.
Harvard Rugland, a 28-year-old left-footed ‘kicker’ from Norway, has become a recent YouTube sensation. His video features some impressive kicks, but also mixes in amazing trick shots and creative challenges.
And NFL teams have taken notice, even bringing the Norwegian over for workouts. The Jets were so impressed they plan to have him back in March for a closer look.
Will the lefty make it in a sport he knows little about? Only time will tell. But the story is interesting and the video is awesome. Take a look at some of the trick kicks this guy pulls off: