AUSTRALIA’S latest NFL star has presently designed waves soon after dethroning the Seattle Seahawks’ longest-tenured participant.
Prolonged-time Seahawks punter Jon Ryan was launched by the facet as Seattle alternatively opted for 22-12 months-aged Sydney-born Michael Dickson.
The facet ended up so amazed by the younger Aussie, who shattered a number of punting data for the College of Texas past 12 months, it traded up to get Dickson in the fifth spherical.
Dickson has experienced a standout pre-year and sales opportunities all NFL punters with an typical of 51.seven yards for every punt.
Michael Dickson is the ideal punter in the NFL so considerably this preseason. Display me the lie. pic.twitter.com/riHGGHvssg— Gordon McGuinness (@PFF_Gordon)
— Sean (@SeanFromSeabeck)
The Aussie stands at 191cm and 93kg and gained past years’ Ray Person Award as the ideal faculty punter.
He signed a 4-12 months, $three.six million agreement, when compared to the Ryan’s two-12 months, $seven.six million offer.
Dickson was a previous Sydney Swans Academy member but, in 2015, moved to Melbourne to demo with Prokick Australia.
Prokick Australia has served NFL punters like the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jordan Berry and not too long ago launched previous New York Giants punter Brad Wing split into the gridiron globe.
As the only punter remaining on the Seahawks’ roster, Dickson will be the side’s new starting off kicker.
In a stylish gesture, Dickson farewelled Ryan on Twitter.
Shoutout to Jon Ryan. Accurate legend. pic.twitter.com/ZGOmjGbqHa— Michael Dickson (@mdcksn)
The pair have experienced a robust connection even with staying in immediate competitiveness with just about every other with Seahawks mentor Pete Carroll speaking about the pair in instruction camp past 7 days.
“He has taken to the competitiveness by displaying the stylish man that he is, and he’s aiding Michael where ever he can and talks predicaments with him,” Carroll claimed.
“Works to guidance him, he’s served him with his keeping and all that things that Michael did not have a good deal of expertise at. He has been a consummate professional and he is aware of that he’s in a huge fight.”
Ryan experienced been Seattle’s punter for the earlier 10 years, which include throughout the franchise’s Tremendous Bowl victory in 2013, but misplaced a head-to-head fight with Dickson soon after two pre-year matches.
Ryan despatched out a concept to Seahawks supporters by way of Twitter.
“It’s been an complete honour and privilege to participate in in this excellent metropolis of Seattle for the earlier 10 many years. I under no circumstances desired this working day to appear, but understood it would some working day. Even even though I’m leaving, I will often been a Seahawk,” he wrote.
“I have so several awesome recollections more than the earlier 10 years — from our Tremendous Bowl 48 victory, to throwing a landing move in the NFC Championship, to breaking the history of how several periods a individual could say ‘b***hole’ in 1 radio job interview — it is been an awesome trip.
“I want to thank all of my teammates more than the many years, Paul Allen, John Schneider, Matt Thomas and Peter McLoughlin, the awesome coaches I have experienced below: Mike Holmgren, Jim Mora Jr. and Pete Carroll, and the total guidance workers at 12 Seahawks Way. But far more than everything I want to thank the 12’s. You embraced a pale skinned, pink headed Canadian with a speech impediment and designed him come to feel like a tremendous star. I will permanently be grateful for just about every and just about every 1 of you. Thank you Seattle.”
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and CEO Peter McLoughlin also took to Twitter to thank the longstanding punter.
One particular of the ideal specialists I have at any time been about. Many thanks for staying the gentleman and teammate you are Jon. https://t.co/2tocs8gbG4— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson)
— Peter McLoughlin (@CEO_McLoughlin)
Dickson ought to make his standard year NFL debut for the Seahawks on September nine versus the Denver Broncos.
— with Peter Mitchell, AAP