Former Washington State kicker Andrew Furney played in his first NFL game yesterday when the New York Jets took on the Indianapolis Colts in the first preseason game of the year for both teams.
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For Furney it had to be nothing like he had expected. With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter all tied up at 10 the Jets called on Furney to come into the game and hit a 51-yard field goal to take the lead and ultimately win the game.
Hitting a game winning field goal is nothing new for Furney but being that it was in his first NFL game and his first attempt at a field goal in the big leagues it was something that I’m sure even he did not expect to happen in a long time.
Furney, who is a rookie free agent, tweeted out today “Man, I had the craziest dream imaginable last night!” which was then followed by a number of hashtags including #GoCougs. Furney had also tweeted out a few days ago, “Never would have imagined the first #NFL game I’d attend would be one I’d be playing in.”
He is one of the most beloved and known Cougs over the past few years and someone who had hit many big field goals in his career including the game winner in the Apple Cup a few years ago in Pullman. It is no surprise to us Cougar fans that he is continuing this tradition of hitting big time field goals in big moments.
Furney went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft but was called up by the Jets to kick for them during the off season and back up former University of Arizona kicker, Nick Folk, who is the brother of former University of Washington kicker, Erik Folk.
For a video of the field goal check out this link here.
As Coug fans we are all extremely happy for Furney and wish him the best in his future in the NFL.