Ex-SOU kicker Rosas in Pro Bowl


    New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas, right, with Riley Dixon (9) holding, kicks a field goal against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Aldrick Rosas is heading to Florida in January.

    And not just on a postseason vacation, either.

    Rosas’ two-year journey from college football at the NAIA level for Southern Oregon University to the NFL now has another chapter.

    Rosas, in his second season with the New York Giants, was selected as the NFC’s starting kicker for next month’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, it was announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by fans, players and coaches.

    Rosas, in the midst of a breakout season, is one of three Giants players to be selected to the NFC’s roster, joining rookie running back Saquon Barkley and safety Landon Collins.

    After a rookie season in 2017 in which he made 72 percent of his field goal attempts, Rosas, a native of Chico, California, who joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent, has improved his numbers across the board.

    Rosas has missed just one of his 29 attempts this season, recording the second-best success rate (96.6 percent) in the league behind San Francisco’s Robbie Gould (96.7). His lone miss, from 52 yards, came against reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia on Oct. 11, and he has made at least three field goals in a game on four occasions this season.

    A member of Southern Oregon’s national championship team in 2014, Rosas is the first Giants kicker to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Josh Brown in 2015.

    Rosas was named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after the Giants’ 30-27 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears on Dec. 2, a game in which he kicked the game-winning field goal and also was successful on a kick from 57 yards, setting a franchise record in the process.

    Contact Danny Penza at 541-776-4483 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @penzatopaper.

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