In September 2012, Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland posted a video of himself performing trick shots on YouTube. To date, the video, showing Rugland perform a variety of different trick shots and long distance field goals has received over 4.5 million views. The video became popular enough that Rugland even received a try out with the New York Jets last season. However, Rugland did not sign with the Jets. After an unsuccessful tryout with the Browns in March, Rugland signed with the Lions in April.
As the pre-season begins and Rugland battles with David Akers for the starting position, a lot of fans want to know more about their Norwegian kicker.
While Rugland is a germaphobe, that is not as interesting as how he learned English. According to the Detroit Free Press, the kicker honed his English skills by listening to Wu-Tang Clan.
“The first day we’re hanging out in the hot tub, right?” guard Rob Sims said Thursday. “I’m just talking to him and I was like, ‘You speak English really well. Man, where’d you learn English?’
“He was like, ‘Mostly from movies and listening to Wu-Tang.’ It blew my mind.”
Wide receiver Nate Burleson added that Rugland is a rather funny guy.
“And the thing about it is he’s heavily influenced by American pop culture,” receiver Nate Burleson said. “He’s a really funny dude.”
If Wu-Tang Clan helped Rugland learn English, maybe Rosetta Stone should consider integrating their music into their program.
A part of me hopes when Rugland was first using Wu-Tang Clan to learn English he went around to everyone yelling “Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Cream, Get The Money Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all”.