18 Jun

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‘The best ever’ Justin Tucker talks about his route to NFL

Justin Tucker is celebrated by his Longhorn teammates after his game-winning kick against Texas A&M, and is now celebrated as perhaps the best-ever in the NFL (Photo courtesy of Texas Sports).

Texas Exes and those in Burnt Orange around the Forty Acres already knew who was the best kicker in the history of the sport. When the rest of the world started to catch on, former Longhorn Justin Tucker became celebrated as clutch, confident and cool from coast-to-coast.

As the calendar gets closer to the start of the NFL season, ESPN's Jamison Hensley did a deep dive on how exactly Tucker came to be a Baltimore Raven, and all the trials and tests the now-celebrated kicker had to go through to get to where he is now. At one point, he even thought after the 2012 draft, when he wasn’t selected, that “I’m thinking I totally ended my own NFL career before it even got started,” he told ESPN.

Justin Tucker (Photo courtesy of Texas Sports).

Check out the amazing and insightful kicker on the former Longhorn, which begins with the wonderful proclamation by the always clever and humble yet funny and light-hearted Tucker that pokes fun at how little those in the NFL knew about him.

"It was like, ‘Wow, he’s pretty good! Where’d we find this guy?'" Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh recalled.
Tucker responded, "I was hiding at the University of Texas.”

Harbaugh concluded,"I think he's the best in the history of the game."

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And relive this insightful Q&A with the Texas legend we posted after Tucker kicked the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory as he talks about the Longhorns, Ray Lewis, eating crabs in Baltimore, the worst place to kick, and so much more.