TRENTON – Kick after kick, as the distance grew three kickers separated themselves from the others during the Trenton Freedom tryout at the Sun National Bank Center Saturday. One such kicker hails from Franklin Lakes and he has an impressive resume.
“I was an All-American high school kicker out of Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, I received five full scholarships as a kicker,” Ricky Krautman said. “I went to Syracuse University for two-and-a-half years then transferred to William Paterson University in Wayne.”
Krautman, who kicked professionally last season in Rochester, saw the tryout as an opportunity to kick closer to home.
“There is only one big Indoor team in New Jersey, and that’s the Trenton Freedom and I decided to give it a shot.”
Kicking at a tryout is a lonely endeavor, where you basically, wait your turn and kick. The solitude makes concentration an effort and allows the opportunity for the setting in of nervousness.
“I just did my thing,” Krautman said after icing his leg. “I compete within myself. I don’t worry about what the other guys are doing. That is the most important thing.”
On making it to the camp with two other kickers, Krautman said.
“I think I did well, I gave it my best shot, and I leave here with no regrets because I left everything out on the field.”
The Freedom hopeful teaches Physical Education in Essex County but he gets joy and practice out of his personal business.
“I have my own kicking business (Ricky Krautman Kicking), I coach kickers and punters. It’s a small business that’s expanding and I love teaching kicking and punting with a passion.”
Time only knows if Krautman makes the final cut, all he can do now is rest and wait for camp, when he gets his next opportunity to perform.