You've got to feel at least a little bad for kickers.
So often they're regarded as afterthoughts on their respective teams. Many people are cruel or ignorant enough to not even consider kickers football players.
And then it happens. It's fourth down at the opponent's 38-yard line. Your team is down by two with three seconds left on the clock. The 55-yard attempt should be within your kicker's range.
For that brief moment, the kicker goes from afterthought to the single most important player to ever take the field.
Like it or not, kickers should receive more praise for the nerve-wracking position they play. Who else can suddenly be thrust into relevancy in the waning seconds of a game and not suffer a complete mental breakdown?
One kicker who definitely should not go unnoticed is Nebraska's Brett Maher. The graduating kicker had an extremely successful career with the Huskers, and he's looking to bring his talents to the NFL. Let's get to know him little bit better.