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Is Harry Kane Good Enough To Be An NFL Kicker?

Is Harry Kane Good Enough To Be An NFL Kicker?
By Michael McCarthy

Harry Kane ended last season as the Premier League's top goalscorer and is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, but how would he cope in the NFL?

Pretty well, it seems. Tottenham are currently in the United States on a pre-season tour and spent Monday at the New York Giants practice facility.

Kane, who is a noted fan of the game and the New England Patriots tried his hand at goal-kicking with some of the Giants players. It turns out he is really good.

In a pair of runners, the England striker easily slotted over an attempt from the 40-yard line for a 50-yard field-goal. Last season, five teams (including the Giants) failed to score a field-goal from 50-yards or longer.

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Even if Harry Kane did the unthinkable, and moved to the NFL he would be taking a pay cut. With a reported annual wage of £4.68million before bonuses, it's still an increase on what the NFL's highest-paid kicker Stephen Gostkowski earns.

While Kane seems content will life in North London, the Giants star Landon Collins admitted the striker could score from "65 yards with ya boots on easy".

The NFL record for the longest field-goal was struck in 2013, when Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater when he scored a 64-yard attempt in the altitude of the Mile High Stadium.

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If the 23-year-old was ever tempted by a move to America, he could always ask Ronan O'Gara for advice. In 2003, the Ireland fly-half was linked with a move to Miami Dolphins.

Writing in his 2009 autobiography, the Cork native admitted the move to Miami was never close, despite the worry of the IRFU and Munster.

My discussions with the Miami Dolphins were very basic and are in the initial stage. I was born in Sacramento and I watch the sport on television but I've never played or kicked a ball. There might be discussions at a later stage. It might be an option but I want to put it aside for a while.

Of course O'Gara never made the move to the NFL. Could Harry Kane? It's extremely unlikely, but weirder things have happened in sport.

SEE MORE: Ronan O'Gara Offers A Different Spin On Miami Dolphins Story

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