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Panthers kicker John Kasay, 18 for 18 on field goal tries this season
SI: So how does it feel to be perfect?
Kasay: Perfect? Ha! All you have to do is ask my family. They'll let you know there was only one perfect person—"and, Daddy, you're not Him!" I am proof that God has a great sense of humor. I can't run, jump, throw, catch, block or tackle, yet I have played in the NFL for 13 years.
SI: You've kicked three game-winning field goals in overtime this season. Ever had a run like that before?
Kasay: No. I've played on one winning team in my career [1996, when Carolina was 12-4], It's hard to have many game-winners when you're not winning.
SI: What's going through your mind when you go out for a field goal in OT?
Kasay: It's a pretty elementary process. The challenge is doing it while 80,000 people are screaming at you. Sometimes it's more fun to make the kicks on the road. When we make a kick that wins on the road, the only people who are celebrating are my teammates. [The atmosphere in] the stadium goes from rock concert to piano recital in a couple of seconds.
SI: Other than a strong leg, what's the most important trait of a good kicker?
Kasay: The ability to handle success and failure. You deal with both on almost a daily basis.