Leicester's Christian Fuchs serious about NFL kicker aspirations
Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago when saying that he wants to embark on an NFL kicking career when he is done playing soccer, and the Austria international doubled down in comments made on the Planet Fútbol Podcast, emphasizing how serious he is.
In speaking with SI's Alexander Abnos this week, Fuchs expanded on his remarks, saying that he wants to follow in the footsteps of another Austrian soccer player-turned successful NFL kicker: Toni Fritsch.
"Why not? You've got to have dreams in your life, OK?" Fuchs said. "That doesn't mean they will come true. I believe I can do it. I am kicking a ball now since, my parents told me since I was eight months old I'm kicking around a ball. And why not also in the NFL you know? I have a few more years playing football (soccer), obviously I don't want to stop my career playing football (soccer), but I'm an active person, I like to be on the field a lot, I like to play in front of a big crowd and I heard that one kicker in the NFL ended his career at the age of 49, so why not extend a professional career and being an athlete for a couple of years more? I'm ambitious, I think I can do it. I know that I can kick the ball well. So why not being a kicker in the NFL?
"I think it would be really great. There was one Austrian guy already, Toni Fritsch, who won the Super Bowl and who was also a footballer back in time in Europe, and maybe I'm the second Toni Fristch?"
Listen to Fuchs's remarks below (interview begins at 19:44)
The 30-year-old Fuchs showed off his American football skills earlier this year, taking part in the "Keepy Up Challenge" for Leicester while donning Carolina Panthers gear.
Fuchs and Leicester continue their Premier League title quest on Sunday when taking on Swansea City.