NFL Player Quinn Nordin Compares NFL to NASCAR

Published 09/04/2021, 12:56 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) leads NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (8) into turn three during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


In a recent interview, New England Patriots kicker Quinn Nordin spoke about the NFL. Interestingly, he even compared his job of being the placekicker to driving a NASCAR car. He explained that when he sets himself up for the kick, he leans a little and takes as much motion as possible.

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Throwing (a cornhole bag) is like the mechanics of kicking, being smooth, a repeatable motion at a small target. And then mentally, when you’re driving around a NASCAR track you have to stay focused the whole time. There’s a saying that if you put a robot in a car, it would be able to do the same thing around a track a million times in a row. But when you put a person in a car, sometimes it can’t — one lap’s faster, one lap’s slower. So I guess to me, why is it when you make a machine kick a football it goes in every time? But when a person does it, there’s errors and stuff like that?” said Quinn.

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What lies ahead for NASCAR this season?

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This weekend, the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series is expected to kick off its Playoff stage. 16 of the top drivers will battle it out over the next 10 races before a winner is eventually crowned. Admittedly, Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson is regarded as one of the favorites to win. Alongside him is Ryan Blaney, who is in good form; especially after having won the last two races on the trot.

Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during the start of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from those two, there are plenty of other contenders, like Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and more. Out of them, Hamlin will be desperate to finally notch up his first Cup Series win of the season. There are several other candidates for the title, but everything kicks off this weekend at the Darlington Raceway.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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