(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) Through just three regular season games with the St. Louis Rams, rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein is making his presence felt.
The former Missouri Western Griffon is 8-8 on field goal tries this season. That includes the second longest field goal made this season, a 56-yarder against the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
He is also 4-4 on extra point attempts pulling his point total for 2012 up to 28.
"It's something that I've pursued for a lot of years, and now finally being here, it's everything I expected it to be," Zuerlein said. "I've been pretty successful so far, and hopefully I can keep it going in the future."
Zuerlein says not much has changed from a year ago when he was kicking in St. Joseph. He follows the same routine he did with the Griffs, and he enjoys his new teammates in St. Louis.
But it also helps when an established coach in the NFL like Jeff Fisher is leading this team.
"He's came in from day one and said all the rookies are here to help us win, and I think everyone really respects Coach Fisher and what he believes."
The rookie kicker's also put his name in the Rams' record books after three weeks. His 56-yard field goal in the loss to Chicago is the second longest in St. Louis history, just one yard shy of Jeff Wilkins 57-yard kick in 1998.
Zuerlein says it is nice accomplishment, but he does not want to settle for second.
"I would have been a lot happier if we won the game, but personally, I guess it's kind of a cool thing to say. But I want to be number one on that list."