Vandy's former mates ride him

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

As if the boot to his confidence wasn't enough, Dallas Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt had to endure some abuse from his former teammates.

Of course, if the Cowboys hadn't emerged as 21-14 winners over Vandy's old team, the Indianapolis Colts, all of Dallas might be on his tail.

As it was, the Oakville native and former Argo is in the midst of the worst season.

After missing field-goal attempts from 43- and 46-yards on Sunday, Vanderjagt heard it good from Colts defensive tackle Raheem Brock, not to mention Texas Stadium fans.

"What I said was, he'd better hope we don't block one of his kicks because we'll come looking for him," Brock told reporters afterward. "I told him he'd better keep his head on a swivel."

Vanderjagt signed a three-year, $5.5-million U.S. contract with the Cowboys in the off-season after spending eight colourful years with the Colts.

While in Indy, he became known as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history while clashing with quarterback Peyton Manning and general manager Bill Polian.

Now the 36-year-old Vanderjagt is Cowboys coach Bill Polian's problem.

"He keeps telling me that I don't have to worry about him," Parcells said Sunday. "Well I am worried now."


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