Kickers are reaching new heights

Even someone who dislikes their importance must admit: These guys are good

Originally Published: October 25, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

I don't hate kickers. I really don't. Promise.

I have, however, always maintained that place-kicking represents a flaw in the game of football. It has always seemed so out of place that so many games, in such a violent sport, end up being decided in the end by a player who never blocks or tackles -- the Texans' Neil Rackers' hit on Titans returner Marc Mariani on Sunday notwithstanding -- kicking a ball between uprights.

I mean, who came up with this idea in the first place?

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