On a picturesque spring afternoon Friday, Miami Dolphins kicker Andrew Franks, an RPI graduate, was back at his alma mater, hanging out on the sun-splashed East Campus Stadium field and giving the current Engineers kicker some pointers.
The conditions were a bit different from this past Christmas Eve in Buffalo, where on a cold, blustery afternoon in front of 65,000 mostly hostile fans, Franks booted a game-winning 27-yard field goal in overtime.
"It was a cool, cool sensation," Franks recalled last week. "There's a weird sense of relief, like, 'Oh thank God I made it.' And it's also like, 'Yeah! I'm the man!'
"For me, though, it's not like just the kick won the game. It's our team got the win. We fought for four quarters to put us in position to win the game with the kick. I'm like, 'These guys worked their (butts) off, so I have to make the kick for them.' "
Franks also had made a 55-yard field goal in the final seconds to tie the game, which helped clinch a playoff berth. It was the highlight of an unlikely rookie season for Franks, the only RPI player ever to appear in the NFL and one of the few from a Division III program.
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