Steven Hauschka, the Seattle Seahawks starting kicker, has had an improbable road to the Super Bowl. In fact, he didn't start kicking seriously until halfway through his time at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Hauschka played soccer for the duration of his time at Needham High School twenty minutes outside of Foxborough. His Massachusetts roots explain his continued love for the New England Patriots. The kicker told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe earlier this week that his hero growing up was Adam Vinatieri, and that he has an autographed photo of the famed kicker hanging in his room.
Hauschka also spoke on his unlikely journey to radio row in New York this week:
“I never thought I’d be an NFL kicker until about seven years ago,” he said. “I was just an average soccer player in high school, couldn’t even get on a Bay State [Conference] all-star team, now here I am at the Super Bowl. Pretty cool transition.”
I'm sure plenty of Patriots fans will be rooting for Hauschka this Sunday, as his team looks to knock off Peyton Manning and the Broncos. From the soccer field in Needham to the turf of MetLife Stadium, the kicker has a rare opportunity to follow in the steps of his hero, Adam Vinatieri, should the opportunity arise.