Bills fans have gotten to know kicker Dan Carpenter for his reliability on the field this season, but the key special teamer wasn’t always the one sending the football between the posts.
“When I started football I played wide receiver,” he said. “I actually didn’t start kicking until halfway through the 8th grade. Our quarterback was the one who kicked the ball and I was the holder and halfway through the year we switched.”
He’d always had an interest in sports, but didn’t play football competitively until he was in 8th grade.
“I played football with my friends at recess and things like that,” he said. “I’ve always been into just about every sport that I could squeeze in and my parents would let me play.”
The young athlete played baseball, soccer, basketball and threw the javelin in addition football, and says modestly that he didn’t really consider the NFL a true option until after his college kicking career at the University of Montana ended.
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