Billy Cundiff's Journey to the Ravens
As the 2010 NFL season kicks into gear, Athletes’ Performance is proud to highlight the hard work of Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff. His years in the NFL have been filled with ups and downs, tryouts, and short contracts. But this year, Cundiff won the kicking competition in training camp and begins the season with the Baltimore Ravens (the same team he played for at the end of 2009).
Cundiff first made headlines as the kicker for the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and the following year scored a then-record seven field goals in a game against the New York Giants. Two years into his NFL career, Cundiff spent the off-season improving his game at Athletes’ Performance. An unexpected injury in 2005 sidelined the kicker, so he headed back to Athletes’ Performance for 12 weeks of rehab and training. For the next few years, he continued to train at Athletes’ Performance, played for a few different teams, and then took a year off to pursue a master of business administration from Arizona State University.
In 2009, Cundiff got back into the league. He played for a few teams, but finished out the season with the Baltimore Ravens. Entering the 2010 training camp, he knew he’d be battling it out for a place on the team. Cundiff won a spot on the team and his contribution showed right away—he kicked an extra point and a field goal in the Ravens’ 10-9 victory over the New York Jets.
“The support from the entire Athletes’ Performance team has been invaluable,” reflected Cundiff the day after the opening day win. “[Performance specialist Eric Dannenberg] has been a huge asset in helping me get my body stronger each year. Year-after-year I continue to build on my strength from the previous year without having to start from scratch.”
“Eric has figured out what I need as a kicker, and we’ve formed a relationship where he, in conjunction with the rehab and nutrition staff, are working together for one purpose—helping me reach my goals,” he said. “Since I started at Athletes’ Performance the entire team has been, and continues to be, a huge source of support for me and my career.”
In addition to his off-season training at Athletes’ Performance, Cundiff also took the time to help out others. He spent a great deal of his time working with Nick Miller, a member of the Athletes’ Performance High School program and a kicker for the Cactus Shadows High School football team, to improve his kicking game.
In a recent AZCentral.com blog post, Miller said, "We train usually every other week if possible. He has taught me everything I know. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be the kicker that I am today. He taught me everything from onside kicks to kicking field goals perfect every time.”
Athletes’ Performance wishes the best of luck to Cundiff for the 2010 NFL season, and is proud to have supported his goal of once again becoming a starting NFL kicker.
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