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The Team Within The Team

The kicker, the holder and the snapper are the three most important cogs on the place-kicking unit. While one gets most of the publicity, all three work equally to ensure a successful effort. Take a look at how this team within the team functions.

There's a lot more to a simple field goal kick or point-after attempt than meets the eye. While most eyes focus simply on the kicker's swinging leg and the arc of the ball soaring toward the goalposts, in truth there are three key components that go into a successful place-kicking unit – aside from the eight blockers who are not supposed to be handling the ball. Each component is equally...

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