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'Kickalicious' Havard Rugland signs with Detroit Lions

Havard Rugland has gone from YouTube phenomenon to member of the Detroit Lions.

The man best known as "Kickalicious" was signed Thursday, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website.

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A native of Norway, Rugland, 28, joins David Akers as options to replace Jason Hanson, who ended his 21-year NFL career earlier this week.

Former NFL kicker Michael Husted -- who trained Rugland prior to a workout with the New York Jets last December -- compares Rugland to Oakland Raiders standout Sebastian Janikowski. Rugland has no American football experience.

"Havard has incredible talent as a kicker," Husted told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in December. "He has a cannon for a leg. As he continues to refine his technique, he could be one of the strongest kickers in the NFL."

Rugland's "Kickalicious" trick-shot video has accumulated millions of hits on YouTube. We know he can kick a ball to a man in a row boat, but can he hit a 47-yarder in overtime on Thanksgiving?

He might get that chance.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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