Kicking back with Arizona Rattler Garrett Lindholmby Tony Capobianco on Jul. 15, 2013, under TC Q&A
Garrett Lindholm has gone from a D II kicker to the Arena Football League’s top kicker. In his first season with the Arizona Rattlers, Lindholm converted the most PATs in a single season. I got a chance to sit down with my friend after their divisional championship clinching victory over the New Orleans Voodoo this past Saturday.
TC: Where is Tarleton State?
GL: It’s in Stephenville, TX, southwest of Ft. Worth about 45 minutes. So it’s a cowboy town, cowboy school.
TC: How did you end up playing there?
GL: I had some D lAA schools looking at me and some D I schools wanting me to walk on. Then the [Tarleton State] special teams coach came, saw some film on me and offered me a scholarship. We went to visit that same week. It was the week before signing day, and everything just fit. It was one of those things where you just knew it was where you wanted to go to.
TC: What was it like playing in that collegiate environment?
GL: There’s some bigger stadiums. I think we played in front of like 30,000 fans a couple times when we were playing D lAA schools. Football is football anyway, and if you’re kicking, the field goals are the same no matter what.
TC: From D ll, how hard was it to prove your worth in the next level?
GL: Coming out, I was the #1 kicker because I made some long field goals and been pretty consistent in senior year. So a lot of teams came and worked me out and kinda looked out me and I signed with the Falcons. Matt Bryant had a really good offseason and beat me out. Then I went to the Colts where Adam Vinatieri was and no one is going to beat him out. He’s a legendary kicker. So I tried to learn as much as I could from him. Last year, I was with the Milwaukee Mustangs up in Milwaukee. So I tried to kick outdoors in the cold as much as I could, just so I can get used to it. So that if I ever had to kick in that situation I was prepared for that.
TC: What’s the difference between kicking in arena football compared to kicking in the NFL?
GL: Just being more patient, slowing down to the ball. Since there’s only nine feet of error, so you gotta hit it pretty straight. You’re not going to hit every ball your hardest. You’re gonna hit it soft and try to be more accurate.
TC: So what about the 47-yard field goal you kicked in Saturday’s game vs. New Orleans?
GL: That one I kicked probably 90 percent because it was a little but hard. You don’t want to come up short on a 47-yard field goal. So I tried to kick it where I knew I was gonna hit it.
TC: In your next attempt to make it in the NFL, how important is your AFL single season PAT record?
GL: I hope so down the road. We still have a couple games left in this season and the playoffs. So I think if I can kick well these next few weeks and into the playoffs, I show that I’m consistent throughout. Then maybe those NFL teams will see that some of the top kickers in the AFL can kick in the NFL.
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