Mike Vanderjagt had a reason for missing a 26-yard field-goal try against the Titans:
"I took a mental holiday, really"
"I should never miss, that's what makes me better than most
Various other quotes...
"I pinch myself every day that I'm even in the NFL. From where I came from in '94 and '95 - not even being able to get into the CFL - to being the most accurate kicker in NFL history is quite a road. If I never play another game in the NFL I've accomplished everything I could from an individual standpoint.
"That’s why I’m so universally respected
around the league.”
On how he got his nickname 'Hollywood' from former Argos teammates Marcello Simmons, Adrion Smith and Robert Drummond: "I just think a couple of the guys thought I had the "Hollywood" looks: I had the longer, curly blond hair, blue-eyed, tall...just the typical "Brad Pitt" look I guess, for lack of a better guy
His "MIKE" Nike swoosh tattoo
Comments about Vanderdouche from former team mates...
Originally Posted by Dwight Freeney
Mike is really a great kicker, The problem is he doesn’t know his place. I don’t care how good he is or how much trash he talks on the sidelines, he’s still only a kicker. He is not part of the team and he is not one of the guys. He’s a dork. If he wasn’t such a great kicker, I would’ve killed him a long time ago.
Mike likes to think he’s a tough, intimidating guy. What a joke that is. How tough can he be? He’s from Canada.
Our tight end, Marcus Pollard, was just about ready to give him a pretty bad beat down, snd so were a few of our offensive lineman. They had just played a hard, physical game and were a little upset that we lost on a missed field goal. So when they heard Mike shooting his mouth off, they went a little nuts. A bunch of us had to get in the way to protect him. But he had no idea. He had his back turned talking to a reporter the whole time. Afterward, he went up to Marcus and said ‘Hang in there, dog. We’ll get 'em next time.’ Marcus was so mad his face turned red, even though he’s a black man.
Originally Posted by Tony Dungy
I hate the son of a bitch. I hate him, I hate him, I hate him. I’m usually a pretty patient and calm person, but Mike really gets on my nerves. Every time he opens his mouth I fly into a rage. You should see me. Just the other day I got so mad that I slammed my office door shut pretty hard. Of course I immediately enrolled in an anger management course afterwards.
Originally Posted by Mike Doss
“I pick the ball up off the ground, and who do I see standing over me? Fucking Vandergagt of all people, he had this goofy look on his face and said ‘Get behind me! I’m knockin some people down!’ Well, I started running and Mike made an attempt to block a guy. At least I think he was trying to block him. If I didn’t know better, I might’ve thought he was trying to wrap his arms around his waist and blow him. Hell, maybe he was. He is a kicker.