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The best holder in football, part 2


January 29, 2021

In 2003, kicker Mike Vanderjagt of the Indianapolis Colts attempted 37 field goals and 46 extra points. Incredibly, he made all 83 of those kicks – the first time in the history of the National Football League (NFL) that a place kicker had successfully converted 100 percent of his attempts.

Vanderjagt’s holder for those kicks – the player who receives the football from the center and places the point of the ball on the ground so that the kicker can perform his duty – was Hunter Smith.

Smith was a three-sport star in high school in Sherman, Texas, lettering in basketball and track as well as fo...

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