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August 11, 2022

#TUClassic: Failures Lead to Success with Matt Prater

Today on the show we’re talking with Arizona Cardinals kicker, Matt Prater. Matt came from a small town in Florida just outside of Fort Meyers, playing sports with his brother. Prater was kicking 60 yard field goals in his senior year of high school, at which time he entered a kicking camp and eventually got […]

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Today on the show we’re talking with Arizona Cardinals kicker, Matt Prater. Matt came from a small town in Florida just outside of Fort Meyers, playing sports with his brother. Prater was kicking 60 yard field goals in his senior year of high school, at which time he entered a kicking camp and eventually got on a college team.
When Prater entered the NFL, he still had a lot to learn, he missed a couple of field goals in his first game, and his team went on to lose that game. Prater felt ashamed and embarrassed, and he used that to improve his game eventually landing a starting position on the Denver Broncos.

Highlights:

Where Matt grew up
The decision to kick for football, and not soccer
His father instilling a tough work ethic
Going undrafted in the NFL
The embarrassing early NFL game
Dissappointment turning into motivation
Grinding for the top spot in Denver
Playing with Peyton Manning
Meeting his wife at a concert
Not being able to see his daughter
Breaking the record for longest NFL field goal
Prater’s off field issues
Advice for how to take failures
And much more…

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