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Denver’s Matt Prater Wants to Break NFL Record

Posted By Amanda Borges On January 30, 2014 @ 12:17 PM In Borges - Article,Insider Main,main feature,News and Rumors,NFL | No Comments

On setting the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal during regular season:
 “That was a pretty crazy feeling. At first, I didn’t realize how far it was until we went on to the field. Then once we kicked it and the refs put their hands up that was an amazing feeling. It was almost surreal. I was so excited and pumped up. I remember Britton (Colquitt) was  jumping on my back and celebrating. I didn’t realize it was 64 (yards) because everything happened so fast. Peyton (Manning) throwing the pass and (Jacob) Tamme getting out of bounds. I didn’t exactly know where the ball was going to be spotted. Once we got it spotted, I realized it was for the record. When I hit it I felt I hit pretty good, but it was a cold day. Once I saw the refs hand go up that’s when it was surreal like I said.”
 
On chasing the NFL record:
 “I have been thinking about breaking that record since I got into the NFL. It is such a tough record to break. Not so much the distance, but getting the opportunity. It has to be the right time of the game and the right kind of setting as far the weather and everything. There are a handful of guys that can make a 65- or 70-yard field goal in the league. It is just getting the opportunity.”
 
On majoring in psychology at Central Florida:
“It just helps with some of the mental part (of kicking), as far as not over thinking things. If you have a miss or a missed kick, don’t overanalyze it and just move on to the next thing.”
 
On last-second game-winning field goals:
 “Those are kicks that you always want to make. That’s how you make a name for yourself in the NFL, making last-second field goals. Those are always fun to get the opportunity to kick.”
 
On kicking in poor weather conditions:
 “If it’s cold or snowing or raining, the ball just won’t go as far. If it is windy, you have to adjust to the wind and play the wind. That’s what we do in pregame. See how far back we back we can go and what the wind is going to do to the ball. It’s the toughest to kick in because if it’s gusting sometimes you don’t how much to play it. One second it will be gusting and one second it will be calm.”
 
On pressure of a possible Super Bowl game-winning kick:
 “That’s when you just try and go back to basics, focus on your technique. You have been doing it for so long now so it should come pretty natural where you are not thinking about it too much. Just go through your normal routine and try and kick it like you have been doing all year.”
 
On what temperature is considered cold for him:
 “I would say anything under 40 (degrees). That’s when you start noticing how far the ball goes.”
 
On what he wears when the temperature is cold:
 “I try to wear the same stuff I would in practice. So pretty much just tights and long sleeves. Basically, I just move back and forth from heater to heater (on the sideline).”
 
On possibly seeking out kicking advice at MetLife Stadium:
 “I didn’t. For one, I am not one to overanalyze. We got to kick there yesterday (Noon on Wednesday). It was nice. The conditions were pretty good and the ball was flying pretty good. It’s supposed to be pretty calm on Sunday. You just have to trust your kick. Kick it straight and it should stay pretty true.”
 
On being calm for a game-winning kick:
 “Just having confidence in yourself and the guys around you. I have all the confidence in the world in (LS) Aaron (Brewer) and (holder) Britton (Colquitt). That makes it easier for me, just having confidence and expecting to make the kick is huge factor. When they send me out there, they don’t expect me to miss.”
 
On finding yourself dreaming of making a game-winning Super Bowl kick:
 “No. To be honest, when I was younger I didn’t ever want to be a kicker. I wanted to play baseball. Now that we are here, I don’t even think it has hit me yet that we are playing in the Super Bowl. I try not to think about situations and play them as they present themselves.”
SOURCE: NFL Media

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