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March 26, 2014

Gonsalves pens new book about placekicking in the NFL

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Future projects

The next project Gonsalves has in the works is an in-depth documentary on the kicking game called Football’s Lonely Heroes.

“Eddie Murray and Morten Andersen recommended me to a film maker in Seattle,” said Gonsalves. “I was in an ESPN documentary film called ‘The NFL Presents the Kicking Game’ about nine years ago that is still shown on television from time to time. Steve Sabol, the late president of NFL films, contacted me for that. I also have a treatment done for a movie called ‘Final Moments’ based on a real person. It’s about a high school kid, who is addicted to alcohol and drugs, but football saves him.”

Gonsalves has some advice for pro football owners, who are considering making changes in the extra point because it has become almost automatic.

“Leave it alone or move it back to the 20 yard line,” he said. “There were only five misses all last season. About one third of the points a kicker scores are from extra points; that’s amazing since they come when no time is registered on the field.”

Gonsalves is a fan of the drop kick, and was delighted when Patriot coach Bill Belichick let Doug Flutie do it and make it a few years ago.

“I teach drop kicking to my kids, and some of them make eight out of 10,” said Gonsalves. “It’s because they play soccer, too. I’m in favor of the NFL bringing back the drop kick; 81 games were lost by four points or less last season — that’s 31 percent of the schedule. Put the drop kick in and make it worth two points, give teams that option. It’s a lot harder to do now that the ball is pointed. Back in the 1920’s the football was shaped like a watermelon.”

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