August 22, 2011 |
Reporting from Santa Clara, Calif. — David Akers, a five-time Pro Bowl kicker who recently joined the San Francisco 49ers, has been a waiter throughout his adult life. First, he waited tables to make ends meet when football wasn't paying the bills. Then, he waited for his chance, hitting the waiver wires three times before hooking on with Philadelphia in 1999, where he played until this season. Finally came the interminable wait every NFL kicker encounters — the expectant wait for someone to step in and take your job. "Let's be realistic," Akers, 36, said after a recent practice.
April 30, 2007 |
Justin Medlock was lounging around his Westwood apartment Sunday, trying to keep his interest in the NFL draft as casual as possible. He knew kickers rarely get drafted, at least that was the tale he'd often heard. Still, as the second-leading scorer in UCLA football history, Medlock had gained a toehold in the minds of NFL scouts. "I was with my girlfriend and my mom and a friend," said Medlock, who scored 357 points during his Bruins career.
December 13, 2006 |
UCLA kicker Justin Medlock, USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett and former Long Beach Poly High standout DeSean Jackson each doubled up on All-America teams announced Tuesday. Medlock, a senior who made 26 of 30 field goals and all 26 point-after kicks, was a first-team selection by the Associated Press and the Sporting News. Jarrett, a junior who made 59 catches for 810 yards and 10 touchdowns, made the AP's top squad for the second consecutive season.
August 8, 2006 |
UCLA quarterback Ben Olson attracted a crowd and so did running back Chris Markey and defensive tackle Kevin Brown, but the player who drew the most attention at the Bruins' media day Monday was senior kicker Justin Medlock. For the first time since he was suspended as a result of an accident that injured Hannah Jun, a member of UCLA's women's golf team, on Dec. 10, Medlock spoke to reporters.
April 11, 2006 |
UCLA kicker Justin Medlock was sentenced to three years' probation Monday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge. Inglewood Superior Court Judge Rodney Forneret also ordered Medlock, 22, to perform five days of work for the California Department of Transportation and undergo a nine-month alcohol education program as a result of a Dec. 10 accident that injured Hannah Jun, a member of UCLA's women's golf team.
January 4, 2006 |
Justin Medlock, UCLA's suspended kicker, appeared before an Inglewood Superior Court judge Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two alcohol-related felony charges. Medlock, 22, was the driver in a car accident that injured Hannah Jun, 20, a member of UCLA's women's golf team, on Dec. 10. Medlock was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08% causing injury.