Some players shy away from the big moment and high-pressure situations, but for New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski that was a big reason he decided to stay.
Gostkowski said that he knows how fragile the position of a kicker can be and how fast it can all fall apart, but he likes the pressure of kicking in the weather in big games with the Patriots.
“To me, it means a lot,” Gostkowski said via the Providence Journal. “It’s a very fragile position. It doesn’t take much to be at the top or the bottom in a position such as mine. To be able to have a chance to do it, in one of the most high-pressured teams in the history of sports and have a chance to continue to do it, I think it would be tough to go somewhere else. The grass might seem greener on the other side, but it’s not always that way.
“I like the challenge of being here – the bad weather… the pressure of the big games and all that stuff. Just the opportunity to have a chance to keep playing with a lot of the friends and teammates that I’ve made. To me, that means the world a lot more than other things that could be offered from other teams.”
Gostowski and his wife, Hallie, have three kids that they also didn’t want to uproot and he hopes that he can finish his career with the Patriots. Everything seems to make sense to keep his roots planted in New England. He gets to kick for one of the best teams in the league and if everything goes right maybe he can win a few more Super Bowl’s before he hangs up the cleats for good.
Gostowski in his career has a kicking percentage of 87.4 making 367 of his 420 attempts.