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Kicking back with kickers

David Fleming finds himself on a yellowed circle of grass wondering how he too can get a gig as a kicker in the NFL.

Updated: August 31, 2005, 11:23 AM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

On a little-used practice field at the Carolina Panthers' training camp, right around the 25-yard line, there's an oddly shaped patch of dead grass about the size of a coffee table. I first noticed this weird little yellowish crop circle a few weeks ago on my first tour through Panthers camp. Then, as I traveled to other camps I saw similar bits of oddly worn turf all over the league. Intrigued (or perhaps out of column ideas three weeks before the start of the season), I decided to investigate. ...

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