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Ficken has big night with five FGs for Jets

Photo from New York Jets Twitter

You just gotta love and respect Sam Ficken.

The former Penn State kicker, who endured a great deal of adversity early in his college career, had a huge night Thursday for the Jets as he went 5-for-5 on field goals. That included tying his career-long with a 54-yarder.

Ficken, who embodies perseverance, is 8-for-8 on field goals this season. But his Jets are 0-4 after a 37-28 loss to the Broncos.

This is all you need to know about the early part of Ficken’s career at PSU.

Then there was this dramatic kick in Ireland to beat UCF.


I was on the sideline that day in Ireland for the game-winning kick, then ran out onto the field filming James Franklin as he celebrated. The coach hugged Ficken and yelled, “I’m so happy for you, buddy.”

Here’s a good photo of that day.

Now, after all of that, Ficken is a reliable NFL kicker, and one who would seem to have locked up a pro job for a long time coming.

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