Fjord Fiesta!

A viral-video star from Norway kicks his way into pro football
April 22, 2013

The odds are against prospective NFL placekicker Havard Rugland. The 6' 2", 240-pound former amateur soccer player from √Ölg√•rd, Norway—whose video of trick shots, Kickalicious, has had 3.9 million views on YouTube since he posted it last September—was signed by the Lions last week. Not only will the left-footed 28-year-old be competing in training camp against six-time Pro Bowler David Akers, but he will also be trying to break into the one North American pro sport in which a countryman of his has already had more than modest success. Here's a list of the most accomplished Norwegians in each sport.


Torgeir Bryn

Oslo, Norway

1 season

The forward from Texas State is the only Norwegian to play in the NBA. He saw 10 minutes of action in three games for the Clippers in 1989, scoring four points and committing five fouls.


Espen Knutsen

Oslo, Norway

4 seasons

He's one of only seven Norwegians to play in the NHL. The center scored 27 goals in four stints with the Blue Jackets from 2000 to '03.


John Anderson

Sarpsborg, Norway

14 seasons

One of four Norwegians to play in the big leagues, the Bridegrooms and Senators outfielder led baseball with 22 triples and a .494 slugging percentage in 1898.


Jan Stenerud

Fetsund, Norway

19 seasons

The only Norwegian ever to play in the NFL scored 1,699 points for the Chiefs, Packers and Vikings, and is one of only three placekickers in the Hall of Fame.