EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- In Minnesota's 12 games, Gary Anderson has attempted just 12 field goals.
"It's a fair statement that the amount of action your kicker gets is generally a reflection of how the team's doing," Anderson said. "A rhythm is critical. There have been some times this year when I run out, and it feels like it's been months since I've been on the field."
Clearly, things haven't gone according to plan for the Vikings (5-7).
"We just haven't had one of those kinds of years," Green said.
The story of how Anderson became a successful NFL kicker has been told, but it's worth telling again.
In 1978, his father moved the five-child family to Pennsylvania after Anderson finished high school in Durban, South Africa. On just his second day in the United States, the 18-year-old soccer and rugby enthusiast was discovered.
"I got a hold of a couple of American footballs and took them to the high school field in our little town just outside of Philadelphia," said Anderson, his South African accent still thick. "I was just interested to see if they went like a rugby ball or a soccer ball.
"I was just kicking them around, and a man came up to me and starting talking to me. It turned out he was the high school football coach there and had seen this kid out there kicking footballs. He explained to me later that he thought he knew all the kids in town and was trying to sign me up for his high school team."
The rest is history.
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