That’s how former Bronco Jason Elam describes a kicker’s life in the NFL. At least that’s what Elam told reporter turned kicker Stefan Fatsis when Fatsis packed his bags to attend training camp in 2006. Fatsis, 43, was given permission by Broncos owner, Pat Bowlen, to lace em’ up and attend camp despite his size (5’8”, 170lbs), and lack of football playing experience.
Fatsis chronicles his summer camp experience in his new book, “A Few Second of Panic.”
Mike Shanahan tells Fatsis to attempt his first field goal in front of the entire camp. As if Fatsis doen’t feel enough pressure, Shanahan tells everyone that if he makes it then meetings will end at 9:00 instead of 9:30. Fatsis misses, and in an excerpt from his book he says, “Amid a pulsing dance beat, I do a perp walk through the locker room. The reviews are not good. Linebacker Keith Burns: ‘I was thoroughly disgusted.’ Center Tom Nalen: ‘Thanks for f—ing us.’ Tight end Chad Mustard: ‘S— the bed! Call housecleaning! We need new sheets!’ Quarterback Jake Plummer: ‘Don’t … come near me. Get out of here.” (The Wall Street Journal).
Here’s a quick video of Fatsis discussing his book: