How are you handling the uncertainty of the NFL labor situation?
"I'm just working the same way I normally would. Still training, still working hard and just getting ready the way I normally would. But we're supposed to be careful about what we say about all of that."
What's the difference between kicking as a pro and as a college player?
"In the NFL, you have to come to work every single day. There are a lot of people that want the job that you have, and you have to come ready to earn your keep every day. It definitely keeps you on your toes."
You tied the rookie record for field-goal percentage in 2009. Did you surprise yourself?
"I don't think I'd say surprised. I was able to kick the ball well, but I didn't even know what the rookie record was. Somebody came and told me that after the last game, and I had no idea."
You kicked an overtime game-winner against Pittsburgh in your rookie season. What was that like for you?
"I had never really been in that situation a whole lot. You don't really know how you are going to feel until you get in that situation, but I really felt pretty calm. I always pray before a game for the Lord to bless me with peace, and I think that helps me to go out and put a good swing on it."
How do NFL players treat the kickers?
"Well, one thing is that a lot of guys make the team for special teams. And they really want to go out and do well, so they come to you for advice. Where are we kicking the ball, what are we going to do in this situation, and they look to you for advice. It's really a team effort."
A new NFL rule proposal would move kickoffs from the 30 to the 35-yard line, and move touchbacks to the 25 from the 20. What do you think of those changes?
"They are doing it to try to prevent all the violent hits that happen on kickoffs. If you study football, the most violent plays in a game are on kickoffs. That's when the big hits happen. There are some big, athletic guys running full steam down the field."
How often do you make it back to Columbia?
"I'm actually there right now. I train here in the offseason and I've been here a couple of months. It's hard to beat 75 or 80 degrees in March when it'd be a lot colder in Kansas City this time of year."
How long have you been working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and what does that mean to you?
"I've been involved with the FCA since my freshman year at USC. It's an outstanding ministry and really impacts a lot of people's lives. I've seen the difference it's made in my life and a lot of my teammates' lives. It's a great ministry."
For information on Succop's appearance with the Lowcountry Fellowship of Christian Athletes (6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Citadel's Holliday Alumni Center), contact Emmett Morgan at 843-375-0418, or at email@example.com.
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