The odds are against prospective NFL placekicker Havard Rugland. The 6' 2", 240-pound former amateur soccer player from Ålgård, Norway—whose video of trick shots, Kickalicious, has had 3.9 million views on YouTube since he posted it last September—was signed by the Lions last week. Not only will the left-footed 28-year-old be competing in training camp against six-time Pro Bowler David Akers, but he will also be trying to break into the one North American pro sport in which a countryman of his has already had more than modest success. Here's a list of the most accomplished Norwegians in each sport.
The forward from Texas State is the only Norwegian to play in the NBA. He saw 10 minutes of action in three games for the Clippers in 1989, scoring four points and committing five fouls.