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TSJ 101 Exclusive: NFL Bound Kicker Splits Uprights From 80 Yards Out!

70, 75, 80 Yard FGs from Josh Gable on Vimeo.


TSJ101 Exclusive Interview With Kicker Josh Gable

I had the privilege of conducting an interview with NFL free agent Josh Gable. Gable is one of the more intriguing kickers available. After graduating high school, he played professional soccer with S.S. Lazzio, an Italian team in the UEFA. (Union of European Football Associations) Although he isn’t on a NFL roster, Gable and his agent Brad Berkowitz are hopeful that will soon change.

To Gable’s credit, he very well may have one of the strongest legs in all of football. This past May, Gable showcased his talent by kicking field goals from 70, 75, and 80 yards out seen in the video above.

Gable starred at Kearney High school, located in Kearney, Nebraska. He became the first freshman to make the varsity roster in school history. Kearney has produced NFL products in the past. Specialists Kyle Larson and Brett Maher are the most notable alumni.

Larson spent his entire five-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Maher is currently the kicker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2013.

Gable won a state championship as a sophomore; in addition to, kicking the most extra points in a Nebraska state championship game. On his way to earning all-state honors his sophomore and senior years. A true two-sport athlete, Gable sat out his junior year, to play on the Nebraska Select Soccer team.

By the time he was a senior in high school, Gable, had the attention of several schools from the “Power Five” conferences. Florida State, UCLA, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Duke all sent letters of interest to Gable. However, Gable opted to take his talents oversees.

After stops in Italy and Belgium, Gable returned to the United States to pursue a career in American football. He’s spent the past two years in the Indoor Football League, with the Iowa Barnstormers and Nebraska Danger.

Special teams is one of the more undervalued and over looked aspects in football. With the NFL moving touchbacks up to the 25 yard line, some teams may opt to bring in kickoff specialists.

Although Gable has never kicked on the NFL level, his leg strength simply can’t be ignored. His coaches have stated his leg is “too big” for the indoor game, and at least deserves an opportunity to make an NFL roster.

So tell me about yourself, I read that you went overseas right after high school to play professional soccer. How did that come about?

“Well I played both soccer and football in high school, and had aspirations of attending Creighton University. I wanted to play soccer at Creighton, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.  Then I had the opportunity to go to Italy and play professionally. so I decided to do that instead

I noticed several videos of you on social media kicking field goals from 70, 80 yards out. That’s incredible leg strength! What are some of your training techniques?

Well I’ve been playing soccer my whole life. I would say I can attribute it to that. I’ve just always naturally had a pretty big leg. I did a lot of “free-kicking” overseas, and it helped me to work on my leg strength.”

Justin Tucker, and Brandon McManus recently engaged in a war of words. Tucker suggested he could make a 84-yard field goal in “prime conditions” at Mile High Stadium. Mcmanus offered an all-expense trip if he could do it. Do you think you can nail a 84 yard field goal in that situation?

“Most definitely. With the atmosphere at Mile High, I could do that no question. I also believe Tucker can actually make that kick. I’m a big fan of his.”

Who are some of your favorite kickers at the NFL level?

“Like I said earlier I’m a fan of Tucker. I’m also a fan of Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots, and Sebastian Janikowski of the Raiders. I’m also a Dan Bailey fan.”

You know, I loved all those choices, until you said Dan Bailey. As a Redskins fan, I can’t support that one. Absolutely hate that choice! How did you begin kicking in the IFL?

“I had a couple of friends telling me to try out for that league because the Arena Football League isn’t kicker friendly. So I went the IFL route and had some success. I led the league in extra point percentage and had the longest field goal of 52 yards.”

The kicker position is one of the more cut-throat in the NFL. If you make kicks, you remain employed, if not, you’ll quickly be out of work. With the recent struggles of Vikings kicker Blair Walsh and Buccaneers second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, what type of advice would you give those guys.

“I would just tell them to have trust in their abilities. Trust is a big factor in the confidence of a kicker and it can go along way in extending a career. [Adam] Vinatieri struggled initially in his career, but he gained the trust of his coaches and teammates. Trust can go a long way in boosting the confidence of a kicker.”

Finally for our last question, what type of player would an NFL franchise get if they extended you an offer?

Any team that extended an opportunity to me, would get a player that’s first and foremost mentally strong. I also have punting ability, and I’m able to get touchbacks on kickoffs on a consistent basis.”