PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia Eagles got past the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday thanks to head coach Nick Sirianni, quarterback Jalen Hurts and a new signing — nicknamed Dicker the Kicker.
The player, whose full name is Cameron Dicker, filled the space vacated by the injured Jake Elliot. He stepped in and hit two crucial field games to propel the Birds to their first 5-0 start since the 2004 season.
He scored his first career field goal, a 42-yarder, in the third quarter.
Then, with just 1:45 left in the fourth quarter, Dicker kicked a 23-year field goal to give the Eagles a 20-17 lead, which ended up being the final score.
Dicker was signed to the Eagles Practice Squad last week after playing at the University of Texas.
Days later, he was elevated to Sunday’s game.
His move to the Eagles roster came on the fourth anniversary of what was arguably the biggest game of his collegiate career. During the 2018 Red River Showdown, a game between Texas and Oklahoma, the freshman kicked in a 40-yard field goal to give the Longhorns a 48-45 lead in the fourth quarter with just seconds left.
This gave him “Red River immortality”.
Dicker decided to forego his extra year of eligibility and declare himself for the NFL Draft.
“Leaving Texas is a difficult decision that I would not make unless I was certain that God is willing to use me in this next chapter,” Dicker said in January.
Dicker was not called up. He was then signed by the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens before coming to Philadelphia.
Coach Sirianni trusted Dicker to come into play.
“He kicked and we put him through a few different things that tested and showed that for us. I know there’s a big game between Oklahoma and Texas this weekend and I know he took a big kick in that game and it’s one of the bigger games obviously in college football. So, yes, we were comfortable with that. If he has to play, we trust him,” Sirianni said during a press conference on Friday.
Dicker had some momentum on his side as Texas beat Oklahoma 49-0 in Saturday’s rivalry game.
Dicker the Kicker came through for his new team. Sirianni said the Birds hugged the 22-year-old kicker before his first NFL game.
“Either the teams will come together throughout the year or they will diverge, there’s really no middle ground, is there? And this team continues to come together because they love each other,” Sirianni said. “Like what happened to Cam. They put their arms around him and welcomed him. He made a big play when we needed it. That’s what’s special about this team. We just have to keep it going.”
Dicker walked away a hero on Sunday, but that didn’t change his calm, confident demeanor in his post-game interviews.
“It’s an incredible feeling. I just stayed calm and did my job all week. I was never really nervous. But to be in this situation, yes, it’s incredible,” said Dicker.
In addition to his two field goals, Dicker also earned the team two extra points in the first quarter.
It was different on the other side of the field. The Cardinal’s backup kicker, Matt Ammendola, missed a 43-yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.
Dicker the Kicker, who said he got the name from his seventh-grade science teacher Mr. Gonzalez, is the University of Texas’ all-time field goalscorer. But little did he know his first NFL game was coming his way.
“I didn’t necessarily expect it to kick off like this, but I was calm and confident going out there. I didn’t want to be with anyone before the kick, so I was on my own and just focused on making good contact and doing what I can. I hit it well and it went through,” Dicker said.
Nor did he expect Eagles fans to turn up in large numbers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, more than 2,000 miles from Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia.
Born in Hong Kong, living in Shanghai and Taiwan and more of a soccer fanatic, the rookie is slowly getting to know Philly.
“That was wild. I didn’t know how well they travel, they told me, and I didn’t think it would be that good. It was pretty cool. Makes life a lot easier when half the Eagles fans are in the stadium,” Dicker said.
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