contract is for one year and it will be Olas fourth contract with
an NFL-team. Before this he has been with Denver Broncos (2002),
Dallas Cowboys (2003) and Washington Redskins (2004). Despite the
fact that Ola kicked a 65 yards-fieldgoal with the Denver Broncos
in a pre season-game against Seattle Seahawks, (it would have been
the NFL record if it would be in an regular season-game –
see the pic to the right) he didn't got the job: They already had
Jason Elam, one of the best kickers in the league and a hero in
Ola was also cut by the Dallas
Cowboys, where he was compeating with Billy Cundiff for the job.
The coach didn't wanted to go with a rookie.
Washington, he went up against John Hall, an other kicker that has
proven to be a very good kicker in the NFL. But even though he did
good in training camp and kicking 4/4 field goals during the pre-season,
he was cut before the season started. But John Hall pulled his hamstring
halfway through the season and the Redskins called in Ola and he
stayed with the Redskins for seven weeks playing in five games.
(John Hall got injured once again later that season, but Ola
was unfortunately in Sweden at the time and couldn't get back in
time for the game, so Redskins signed Jeff Chandler who had a great
first game and stayed with the team for remainder of the season).
The rest is history.
is the second Swede ever to play in the NFL, Björn Nittmo was
the first. He played for the New York Giants 16 years ago.
a bunch of people who have been impressed with Ola's strong leg,
John Madden, wrote this during the fall of 2002 on www.allmadden.com
a first-year player out of
Europe. He recently kicked a
field goal against Seattle
that's pretty darn impressive.
I did a Denver game in mid-
on ABC Sports, I watched
kick in warmups before the
and he was kicking 70-yard
goals! In all of my time, and
not saying that I've watched
kicker in pre-game warmups
concentrated on it, but I've never
guys practice 70-yard field
I guess it wasn't such a
that he could make a
field goal, because I had
him practicing them from
If You want to read the presentation from 2004, when Ola was a Redskin
and with some mor history and thougts, can you find it here.