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LS Kevin Houser (official thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by Buckskin86, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    http://www.neworleansprofootball.com/081804houserfeature.html

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  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

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    Houser gets paid big bucks to ... Snap under pressure
    'The margin for error in the NFL is so small'


    By Billy Watkins
    bwatkins@clarionledger.com

    <script language="javascript"> // Begin popup script function NewPhotoWindow(mypage, myname, w, h, scroll) { var winl = (screen.width - w) / 2; var wint = (screen.height - h) / 2; winprops = 'height='+h+',width='+w+',top='+wint+',left='+winl+',scrollbars='+scroll+',resizable' win = window.open(mypage, myname, winprops) if (parseInt(navigator.appVersion) >= 4) { win.window.focus(); }} // End</script>If you think it's easy to hunker down and snap a football 15 yards in 8/10ths of a second precisely into the hands of a punter, New Orleans Saints special teams coach John Bonamego suggests you go out and try it.
    "And right after you snap it, have someone hit you in the head with a shovel," he says. "That's basically what Kevin has to put up with."
    Bonamego is referring to Kevin Houser, the New Orleans Saints' long snapper on punts and field goals for the past six seasons.
    "(Snapping) is an odd skill that not too many people have," says backup quarterback and holder Jamie Martin.
    "It's a job I don't want with 3 seconds left in a game and we need a field goal," says veteran defensive tackle Hollis Thomas.
    It's a position of anonymity. "Until the poor guy messes up," says Fred McAfee, the longtime running back and special teams player. "Then everybody knows him."
    But the Saints have recognized Houser's unique ability and properly compensated him for it. Houser, 29, earned more money last season than 39 of the 65 Saints players who got a paycheck, according to USA Today's National Football League salary database. Houser made $540,000 in base salary and received a $200,000 signing bonus. He was the 14th highest-paid long snapper in the 32-team league.
    "The margin for error in the NFL is so small," Bonamego says. "(Assistant head coach) Joe Vitt was telling me the other day that 80 percent of NFL games are decided in the final four minutes. That's when the little things can make you or break you. And one bad snap can wind up costing you a game, a playoff spot, home-field advantage in the playoffs.
    "That's why a guy like Kevin is so valuable - he's consistent and he knows how to handle the pressure of the job."
    An NFL career was the last thing on Houser's mind when he accepted a football scholarship to Ohio State University, where his father, Tom, and brother, Bob, played before him.
    He already had decided to become a financial adviser. "I credit that to my grandfather (James Crowe)," Houser says. "He lived through the Depression years, learned to be very prudent. And he was always teaching us grandkids how to manage money. He'd take us to the bank. Let us count the money in his wallet.
    "It wasn't so much what he said, but how he and my grandmother lived. Their best asset was their family, and material things were never that important. They were comfortable in a house that my grandfather actually built with his brother. They're still living there now (in Canfield, Ohio)."
    After a solid career playing tight end for three seasons and long snapping for four with the Buckeyes, Houser began getting enough attention from pro scouts to hire an agent.
    "When a pro team would come and work out some of our guys, they'd ask me to come out and snap," he says.
    Within a span of 10 days in the spring of 2000, Houser got married, went on a honeymoon cruise and was drafted in the seventh round by the Saints.
    "To this day, it's still hard to believe that I belong here," Houser says. "I mean, I've watched NFL games on TV all my life. I realized long ago how unbelievable these players are. Believe me, I'm perfectly willing to throw a ball between my legs, and high-five the other guys when they score touchdowns."
    Even though Houser sometimes makes light of his contribution to the team, he understands this: In a game where coaches agonize and strategize, and every-down players beat each other into a bloody pulp for three hours every week, the outcome often rides on the shoulders of three players - the snapper, holder and kicker.
    "None of us can do our job if Kevin doesn't do his," says kicker John Carney. "I feel blessed to have him. I don't have to worry about whether the snap is going to be there, and that takes a lot off me."
    But Houser refuses to get comfortable in his job. He offers an example why: Trey Junkin.
    "Trey was the Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods of long snappers," he explains.
    Over 18 seasons with eight different teams, Junkin was so consistent that NFL teams realized long snapping was an art, a specialty.
    Then in 2002, Junkin came out of retirement to join the New York Giants during the playoffs. The final snap of his glorious career, on a potential game-winning field goal, was low and wide. The kicker never had a chance.
    In many fans' minds, Junkin's career has been whittled down to that one play.
    "I was watching it on TV, and I'd gotten to know Trey a little bit," Houser says. "My heart broke for him, his teammates, his family. There's no guy who took more pride in his position than Trey. But that's why we play the games. Freak things can happen."
    In a split second, anonymous people can become synonymous with failure.
    That's why Houser can't, or won't, name one pressure-packed snap that stands out above the others in his six years on the job.
    "Every snap, there's pressure," he says. "Every single one of 'em."
     
  3. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Louisiana Sports: New Orleans Hornets Losses, NBA Trades, Saints Snapper
     
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

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  5. Taosman

    Taosman In The Pizza Portal

    Just an amazing story for a pretty amazing young man! :oh:
    You make us all proud, Kevin!
     
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Saints sign Kyle, release veteran long snapper - AP - NOLA.com
     
  7. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator


    SNAP DECISION - NOLA.com
     
  8. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Kevin Houser, who was cut by the Saints, and other players seek to get film investment back - New Orleans Saints Beat

    Houser was solid for Saints | DailyComet.com | The Thibodaux Daily Comet | Thibodaux, LA
     
  9. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Former New Orleans Saints longsnapper Kevin Houser says he was surprised to be released by the team - New Orleans Saints Beat
     
  10. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Bad investments sour New Orleans Saints' relationship with long snapper Kevin Houser - Jeff Duncan on Saints
     
  11. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Film studio developer says he's still going to pay back Kevin Houser and other New Orleans Saints players for project - New Orleans Saints Beat


    New Orleans, Louisiana Local News ? NOLA.com

    http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2009/07/11/westlakes-kevin-houser-takes-cash-hit-ex-saint-among-those-who-lost-money-on-film-studio-investment/
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2009
  12. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Seahawks | Seahawks sign Kevin Houser as long-snapper | Seattle Times Newspaper
     
  13. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Seahawks Blog | Report: Seahawks release long-snapper Bryan Pittman | Seattle Times Newspaper

    http://12thmanrising.com/2009/07/26/personnel-changes/
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2009
  14. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Branch gets chances, doesn&rsquo;t do much with them - Football - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington
     
  15. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    The Associated Press: Seahawks' Houser hospitalized with collapsed lung
     

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