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4th and Long
09-12-2004, 07:38 AM
http://www.sundayherald.com/44719


Kansas kicker is first Scot to play in NFL

Gridiron: Greenock-born Lawrence Tynes to make history on league debut for Chiefs.


History accords Jock Bain Sutherland the honour as the first Scot to make his mark in the National Football League, the Coupar Angus ťmigrť earning his entry into gridironís annals via stints as head coach of Brooklyn and Pittsburgh back in the 1940s. However Lawrence Tynes will grab his little slice of history when he trots on to the turf at Mile High Stadium in Denver tonight, the first son of Caledonia to play on the sportís ultimate stage.
Born in Greenock, he has been a resident of the United States since the age of 11, his fatherís career in the US Army requiring his Scottish wife and their brood to up sticks from their home in Campbeltown for a new world an ocean away. The travelling has barely stopped. Two years ago, he returned from whence he came for a stint with the Claymores. Then followed two seasons in Canada with the Ottawa Renegades. Now though he has found a home, finally, in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs.

ďIím looking at this as a new start because itís where Iíve wanted to be since I was in college,Ē Tynes affirms. ďIíve been to Europe. Iíve been to Canada. Iíve been in camp here a couple of times. And now this is something I hope which will be the start of something that lasts a long time. Itís definitely exciting, yes. But you know you still have a job to do and I have to stay composed with Sunday night in mind.Ē

Earning the Chiefs con-fidence at the third attempt was not easy. He had to unceremoniously eject Danish veteran Morten Andersen whose longevity has brought him within 88 points of the NFLís all-time scoring record. ďThere are only 32 jobs in the world doing this so itís hard to break into that group,Ē Tynes reflects. ďThe guys there are good. They do their job every year. You have to wait for an opportunity to come along and then get very, very lucky to land in a spot where they are ready to replace someone else. So Iím fortunate to be here now.Ē

He refused to tap Andersonís vast pool of knowledge, confident in his own accumulated insight. ďItís been working for three years so I didnít want to change. Iím pretty technical about what I do. I stay with the fundamentals in terms of my steps and my follow through and all that. Itís like a golf swing. You have to work at it every day.Ē




In Canada, he eschewed the tee shots. The CFL permits the use of a stand to take kicks but Tynes knew it would serve him ill in the eyes of NFL scouts. Plus the role gave him a more rounded grounding than NFL Europe provided. ďIn Canada I took the short stuff and the long stuff, everything, so that was beneficial.Ē

After failing just short of making the Super Bowl last season, the Chiefs have tried to upgrade their porous defence in a bid to take the next step. However the AFC Conference remains as strong as ever with the defending champions, the New England Patriots, looking well-placed for a rare championship repeat.

ďWe have a tough schedule but thatís what happens when you win a lot of games,Ē Tynes adds. ďI just have to keep striving to be consistent and help this team win. We are a Super Bowl contender according to most people so itís going to be a real challenge.Ē

The hard work is over. But the real graft, for the Scot and his Chiefs, has only just begun.

Archie F. Swin
09-12-2004, 11:23 AM
so....throw some haggis on the grill today. Haggis burgers for everyone!

Frazod
09-12-2004, 11:25 AM
so....throw some haggis on the grill today. Haggis burgers for everyone!

How about just drinking some good single-malt scotch? :spock:

Archie F. Swin
09-12-2004, 11:26 AM
How about just drinking some good single-malt scotch? :spock:


that would be the easy way out! :harumph:

Katipan
09-12-2004, 11:28 AM
I thought Dante was Scottish. :p

http://members.cox.net/merscrap/Dante Kilt.jpg

Archie F. Swin
09-12-2004, 11:28 AM
we moost unite behind this wee man, me broothers! (http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=89203&highlight=scottish)

Archie F. Swin
09-12-2004, 11:31 AM
How about just drinking some good single-malt scotch? :spock:

Not to mention I would probably be passed out on the floor before Larry gets his first PAT

Archie F. Swin
09-12-2004, 11:32 AM
I thought Dante was Scottish. :p

http://members.cox.net/merscrap/Dante Kilt.jpg
when was that pic taken?

Katipan
09-12-2004, 11:33 AM
During his Claymores hall of fame induction.

jagerdrinker
09-12-2004, 11:36 AM
Wow, Dante and I match...good for Tynes!

jagerdrinker
09-12-2004, 11:36 AM
...and here's the pic to prove it!