The life of a kicker in the National Football League is challenging to say the least. When you make your kicks – you’re the toast of the town. When you miss – people want answers.
David Akers, San Francisco’s All-Pro kicker, found himself in that position on Wednesday. Akers, one of the most accomplished kicker in NFL history, was asked about the 41-yard overtime miss in the 49ers recent 24-24 tie to the St. Louis Rams.
“The one on Sunday, I just tried to smooth the kick, not over-kick it and just kind of fell off the ball,” said the kicker who tied the league’s longest field goal record with a 63-yard make against the Green Bay Packers in the season opener. “When I do that, that’s why it kind of went left.”
Akers, the same kicker who broke the NFL’s single-season record with 44 made field goals in his first season in San Francisco, stepped up and addressed the media on the overtime miss.
Even with six uncharacteristic misses taking place this year, Akers still has made a field goal in every game of his 49ers career (a franchise record at 25 games).
Akers’ last make, a 33-yarder at the end of regulation, put the 49ers in position to play in overtime. But it didn’t seal a win.
“I had one that tied the game, stopped us from losing,” said Akers, shedding light on the full spectrum of emotions he experienced on Sunday. “And then the other aspect, when I had the opportunity to win the game, I didn’t come through.”
Akers takes a one-kick-at-a-time approach, but admitted he didn’t do what he needed to do at the time of his overtime attempt against St. Louis.
“Life’s a roller coaster in general,” Akers said. “The number one thing if I go out and kick or miss a kick, I don’t want it to effect the outcome of the game for my teammates, the organization and for the fans.
“You go from one high to a low and that’s not what you want to do as a professional and as a competitor.”
The six-time Pro Bowl kicker leads the NFC in Pro Bowl voting, but wants to continue putting his best foot forward in the remaining weeks of the regular season schedule.
“I want to win and I want people to feel good that I’m part of the team,” Akers said. “I feel horrible for doing that. It wasn’t by spite or anything like that. I’m trying my best and I can’t really hang my head because of that.
“I hope to get back on the horse and do a good job for the 49ers and the fans and my team.”
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