NFL kickers around the league are very close because of the nature of their jobs and speaking at the Pro Bowl practice on Friday, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey offered his support for Stephen Gostkowski and Blair Walsh, both of whom missed big kicks this postseason.
Bailey said he hasn’t contacted either of them, but he planned to.
“I wouldn’t be telling them anything they don’t know. We’ve all been there,” Bailey said via Sporting News. “I’ve been in situations where I’ve missed kicks that should’ve won the game. You just gotta be there, support them because you know they’d do the same for you.”
Gostkowski missed an extra point in the Patriots’ 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship. Although it was in the first quarter, the Patriots were chasing that one point the whole game. Walsh missed a potential game-winning chip shot field goal when the Seahawks beat the Vikings in the wild card round.
The Cowboys kicker noted all the kickers around the league support one another.
“That’s what’s nice about this position ‘ there’s only 32 of us at any given time,” Bailey said. “So it’s kind of a brotherhood. We all keep in touch somewhat. I wouldn’t say we’re all buddies hanging out, but there’s a mutual respect across the league for everybody who’s out there doing it.”
“It’s just nice to know you’ve got a group of guys pulling for you, even when the whole world seems like it’s crashing in on you,” he added. “It’s just part of it, and you gotta work through it.”
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