Practice makes perfect - especially when you are an NFL kicker about to enter your second season of pro football. Everything goes through the middle of the goalposts when Connor Barth practices at Hoggard High School. But this is where it is absolutely crucial for Connor to be precise; on the NFL field every Sunday afternoon in the fall. "It has been a long awaited season for me. I've been working hard in the off season,” said the Kansas City Chief kicker. “For me, it is just do my job, make your kicks without grabbing the attention of the coaches. As a kicker you just want to fly under the radar." Connor signed with Kansas City as a rookie last year. The Chiefs dropped him from the team prior to the start of the regular season, but Connor re-signed with Kansas City in October. He was perfect through his first six games, but he missed two field goals against San Diego in December, including a potential game winner as time expired. "It really just fuels the fire and makes me want to work harder to make sure that next time that does not happen, because it's not going to," he said. In the NFL, nothing is a guarantee for Connor Barth. Connor knows he has to earn his way onto the Kansas City roster this year; otherwise, it is audition time for other pro teams. "You never know if you're going to have a job or not. I had a good year last year; 10 of 12. But they still drafted a guy, Ryan Succup, who is a great kicker and who will compete with me. He'll push me and that's what it's all about." Connor said it all comes down to performance and money. That is life in the NFL. Connor is not the only high profile Barth kicker. Younger brother, Casey, currently kicks for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Casey is a rising sophomore.
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