Ryan Longwell goes from marathon man to playoff boot

With Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka on the injured reserve list, the Seahawks turn to veteran boot...

With Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka on the injured reserve list, the Seahawks turn to veteran boot Ryan Longwell, seen here with his last club team, the Vikings, as their extra-point man, and clutch kicker. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:43 PM ET

Ryan Longwell hadn’t kicked a football since the Minnesota Vikings cut him in training camp.

At age 38 he must have figured his long NFL career was over.

Indeed, until this week he’d been training to run a marathon this coming Sunday, according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King – a marathon that winds through the four Disney theme parks near Longwell’s Orlando, Fla., home.

But Longwell won’t be running in that marathon. Instead, he’ll be the starting placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks in their NFL divisional playoff game in Atlanta, against the top-seeded Falcons.


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