Pittsburgh Steeler Nick Sciba hits every kick in NFL debut
On Friday, Nick Sciba was back home in Clover, SC, working at a seafood market and coaching high school students in the art of shooting a ball between two goal posts. After spending much of the preseason as an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he did not stay with the team for the regular season. That left him waiting for a call to the NFL that may never have come. But, after an injury to starter Chris Boswell, Sciba returned.
Just two days later, the former Demon Deacon was in Philadelphia making his first career kicks in the league. He was a perfect 3-3, nailing field goals from 28 and 38 yards while converting his only PAT attempt in the loss.
“It felt great. I loved every second of it,” Sciba told the Tribune-Review after the game. “I hate the result, but I was glad I was able to help the team.”
In his four-year career at Wake Forest, Sciba at one point held the NCAA career field goal percentage record, recording 80 field goals and 193 extra points for the Deacs. With a final conversion rate of 89.9%, Sciba is now No. 2 in college football history. Buoyed by his college success, Sciba was ready to perform at the highest level.
“I don’t think I was too nervous,” he said. “I just wanted to go out and do a good job today for the team.”
With the possibility of Boswell returning to the field, Sciba will once again be a free agent, but you never know when the call will come back. It could come this season because of another injury, or Sciba will take another stab at making a roster this coming summer. Regardless, after being one of the best kickers in college football, Sciba will now have those NFL points to add to his resume.
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