There was perhaps no better person to discuss both the mental and physical aspects of what a kicker goes through than Tom Feely.
He runs his own kicking school. http://www.feelyathletics.com/about/staff/tom-feely
He was trained in sports psychology at Florida State.
And his son, Jay, is the Arizona Cardinals kicker.
So it was with those credentials that the elder Feely could speak on the struggles of Mason Crosby for a story that appeared in print today.
Read it here: http://pck.rs/Qhxw2b
One thing that didn’t make the story was the answer to question about what he does when Jay struggles. The elder Feely said his son hasn’t had many prolonged slumps but did do through the nightmare experience of missing three game-winning field goals in one game. It was when he was with the Giants in 2005. Against Seattle, Feely missed wide left from 40 yards on the final play of regulation, short on a 54-yarder in overtime and wide right on a second try in overtime from 45 yards.
“That was the worst game of his life, which was pretty infamous,” Tom Feely said. “But he’s always had the mental toughness that has helped him rebound from those kinds of bad games to where he’d come back and have a good game right after that. Not that he’s had a lot of bad games, but how you come back from it is more important. That’s been one of his strengths. He’s always bounced back.”