1993 Ola follows some friends along to the practices of the Limhamns Griffins and starts kicking. Pretty soon he has a position in the team. Football is at this point still a very small sport in Sweden (it’s probably still like that today, but the sport is getting bigger and bigger) and Griffins is one of the top teams. In 1993 and 1994 the team won the Swedish championships.
2001 Ola signs with Frankfurt Galaxy in the NFL Europe. He has a good season and amongst other things he’s named ”Special Team Player of the Week” twice during the season, one of the times after first making a game go into extra time thanks to a field goal and after that settling the game in the same fashion.
2001 Ola notes a new Swedish record in longest field goal in an international game against Finland. 57 yards.
Hoffman wants to sign Ola to Dallas. Unluckily Ola has already signed
a new contract with the Frankfurt Galaxy.
After the season in Europe Ola gets a preseason contract with the Denver
Broncos. On the last game before the real season kicks
off Ola gets the chance on an ”impossible” field goal, 65
yards, 2 yards longer than the official record. "The kick is good"
and a roar is heard from the public of the Invesco
Field at Mile High all the way home to Sweden. Anyway,
Denver chooses to negotiate and write a contract with one of the definite
star kickers of the NFL, Jason Elam, who has played in Denver for 10
years and been selected to the Pro Bowl three times. Unfortunately Ola
doesn’t get a contract with any other NFL team either although
the sport commentators agree on that ”the Swedish Rocket”
”belongs in the NFL".
2003 Ola chooses to skip the season in Europe and instead he trains with the Dallas Cowboys during the spring and summer. Sadly there’s a negative answer again after three practice games, one week before the season starts. Dallas choose to go with the kicker they signed the year before, Billy Cundiff, since he now has (one year) more routine of the NFL than Ola has.