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Gostkowski credits mound presence as pitcher for kicking success

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Stephen Gostkowski went to the University of Memphis with thoughts of pursuing a life in professional sports. But Gostkowski, the Patriots' kicker for the past nine seasons, saw himself pitching off a major league mound. It was a baseball scholarship that drew him from his Mississippi high school to Memphis, and he spent four years pitching for the Tigers. Along the way, there was an arm injury and the realization that he didn't quite have enough talent to pitch at the next level. So kicking became his road to a life in athletics. He developed into one of the best kickers in the country before the Patriots selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL draft. His ...

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