Even for a veteran player like Kai Forbath, your first game with a new team can be nerve-racking. That scenario played out Sunday afternoon when the LA Rams were in Miami to face the Dolphins.
Forbath signed with the Rams on October 20 but didn’t play in the team’s 24-10 Monday night victory over Chicago. He replaced struggling rookie kicker Samuel Sloman and wanted to make a good first impression. It started off well for the nine-year pro who grew up in the Palisades Highlands and now resides in West Hollywood. He made a 23-yard field goal near the end of the first half and also converted two extra points following Rams touchdowns.
However, with the Rams trying to pull off a comeback, Forbath shanked a 48-yard field goal attempt that would have cut LA’s deficit to eight points late in the fourth quarter of a 28-17 loss.
“I’m very excited to be able to play at home and live at home,” Forbath said during a video conference earlier in the week. “The dream is finally coming true of being able to just be home and be here.”
Forbath won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker his junior year at UCLA after having starring at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks.
He began his NFL career in 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
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