Younghoe Koo will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football when the Los Angeles Chargers take on the Denver Broncos. The un-drafted free agent kicker officially made the Los Angeles Chargers roster last week. Koo had to compete with veteran kicker Josh Lambert for the starting job. It’s tough for any un-drafted free agent to make an NFL roster, but this isn’t the first challenge Koo has faced.
Younghoe Koo’s Journey to the NFL
Koo was born in South Korea where he spent the first twelve years of his life. He mainly played basketball and soccer in South Korea, but not football. Koo moved from South Korea to New Jersey without knowing a word of english when he is 12 years old. That was the first time he got his hands on a football and saw he had a talent for the sport.
In high school, it came down between football and soccer. Koo picked football because it was what was popular in America. It only took him a few games in before he was kicking for the varsity team. it wasn’t long before Koo realized he could have a future in football.
He even become an interet sensation with his trick shot video below.
Koo Finds Success Kicking in College
Koo went from playing football in New Jersey to accepting a full scholarship to kick at Georgia Southern.
Koo was a standout kicker his senior year missing only one field goal, which was a 54 yard attempt. He was also a finalist for the Lou Garza Award, which goes to the best college place kicker.
Can Koo Have That Same Success in the NFL?
Kicking for the Los Angeles Chargers is a lot different than Kicking for Georgia Southern. Koo is going to be tested in the NFL where kickers are known to be replaced if they struggle.
If Koo can succeed in the NFL, it has the making of a great story. We’re rooting for Younghoe this year and hope that his success transfers over to the NFL.
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