August 25, 2019
Steven Hauschka entered Middlebury College in Vermont in the fall of 2003. Middlebury has an undergraduate student body of about 2,500 and competes at the D-III level in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He had played soccer in high school, and hoped to play in college, but was cut from the varsity squad his freshman year. He did graduate with a degree in Neuroscience, however.
So, what does Hauschka do for a living today?
In two weeks, he will begin his 12th season as an NFL kicker. In that time, he has won a Super Bowl ring (with Seattle in 2013), set the NFL record for most consecutive successful field goals from 50 yards or more (in 2017), and earned NFL Special Player of the Week honors (in 2018), after making all seven of his kicks (five extra points and two field goals, including a season-long 54-yarder) in a 41–10 win over the New York Jets. The contract he signed with the Bills will pay him $12,4 million over the four-year life of the contract.
It turns out that, after he was cut from the soccer team, some friends convinced him to try to kick for the football team.
That worked out well.