Steven Hauschka ready for snow

December, 12, 2013
RENTON, Wash. -- Sunday's weather forecast for New Jersey calls for temperatures in the mid-30s for a high and a 40 percent chance of snow flurries.

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Brad Mills/USA TODAY SportsThe Seahawks' Steven Hauschka has experience kicking in cold weather and would even look forward to a little snow against the Giants.
Believe it or not, Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka is OK with that if it happens for the game against the New York Giants.

"I haven't played in a snow game in the NFL," Hauschka said. "It might be fun. I did it in college and I've done it in practice, too."

Hauschka is having a Pro Bowl level season. He hasn't missed a field-goal attempt all year that made it past the line of scrimmage. Hauschka is 27 of 28, with his one miss being the blocked kick at Indianapolis.

Hauschka, 28, grew up in Needham, Mass., so he's used to cold weather. He ended his college career kicking for North Carolina State but spent his first three college years kicking for Middlebury College in Vermont.

So Hauschka knows all about kicking in cold weather.

"There are two factors," he said. "One is the field. If you're on a grass field, it can be pretty messy underneath, so that's part of the problem. You have a better chance on a turf field. If there's anything more than three or four inches [of snow], then it just becomes a mess anywhere, for kicking, at least."

Hauschka said the biggest factor isn't your kicking foot; it's your plant foot. If it slides, you're done.

"It's almost like you're on top of an ice rink sometimes," Hauscha said. "You've got to be on top of your feet the whole time. It's an adjustment and you don't have as much power. It all turns into a leg swing to adjust what your foot looks like when it hits the ball, because your lean is different."

For a guy who has been almost perfect this season, isn't it a bit scary thinking how a field of snow could cause you to miss a kick you would have easily made?

"I try not to think about it like that," Hauschka said. "But the weather can affect you. If the weather is really terrible, you just wouldn't try the same kicks you would otherwise."

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter



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