St. Louis Rams Kicker/Punter Duo Greg Zuerlein/Johnny Hekker “Kicking It” with Dude Perfect
If you’ve never been exposed to the viral phenomenon that is Dude Perfect, what better way to dip your toes in the water than with the St. Louis Rams. The group of guys that make up the Dude Perfect team attempt unbelievable trick shots in a variety of different sports, but they really made their mark on the web with their basketball skills. That didn’t stop these guys from hooking up with the Rams young special teams duo of Greg Zuerlein and Johnny Hekker for their latest episode.
Dude Perfect co-founder Coby Cotton told NFL.com:
“We were really excited to have the opportunity to come work with Johnny and Greg. One of our most requested videos has been some type of kicking edition. We are not the most talented kickers so we knew we were going to need some help in that area. So Johnny and Greg are perfect for that.”
Check out this video to see what transpired.
Clearly the personality of Hekker mixes quite well with the idea of trick shots and just being a bit off the wall. The accuracy that both guys display on the video is absolutely absurd when you think about the size of the target compared to the size of the football. Just getting a ball to travel those distances is a task in its own right, but hitting targets like basketball hoops and kiddie pools is downright insane.
The kick that Legatron (Greg Zuerlein) made from 60 yards in the basketball hoop was just ridiculous. Obviously he has extraordinary power in his leg to even be able to boot the ball that distance, but hitting such a tiny target is next level. Of the kick, Zuerlein said:
“I think the game winner against the Niners was a little easier, a little bigger target. But that was a pretty big kick. It’s tough to compare.”
Kicking the ball through the uprights in an NFL game is nothing compared to that feat from Zuerlein. Regardless of the circumstances to win the game against the San Francisco 49ers, finding the cylinder from 60 yards away just can’t be topped.
How could this possibly be beneficial to the Rams in the upcoming season? Well, you might be surprised that Zuerlein believes this trick shot thing is well worth the time. He said:
“When you start doing something like this, you have to prove to yourself that you can do it. When I was kicking, I was mainly focusing on trying to actually use this to get better. I can go through my regular routine and just try to hit a straight ball and it will help me during the season or just help me get better as a kicker.”
“Kicking and punting is kind of a refined art so to be able to show it off with some crazy trick shots is fun. It’s entertaining and I think a lot of people will get a kick out of it on the internet.”
Many people discount kickers and punters as actual football players, but this duo has proven multidimensional on so many levels. Hekker pulled off three fake field goals this past season completing passes on all of those plays. His arm (as shown in the video) is no joke, and it figures to be a weapon for the Rams for years to come.
There are many reasons to believe this opportunity to hang out with the crew from Dude Perfect was just what this now second-year duo needs to take their games to the next level in 2013.