Premier League Star Harry Kane Wants to Become NFL Kicker

Premier League star Harry Kane has revealed he wants to play in the NFL as a kicker one day.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker was in Atlanta in February to watch his beloved New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Kane is such a keen NFL fan that his two dogs are named after Patriots quarterback Tom Bradyand Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson. He has now admitted he would like to swap soccer for football in the future.

"The desire to play in the NFL is real. It's something that in 10 or 12 years I definitely want to try," the England captain told ESPN.

Kickers are among the lowest-paid players in the league and their salaries are also far inferior to those of the top Premier League players such as Kane. However, the 25-year-old insisted financial remuneration wouldn't be a motivating factor if he were to cross the Atlantic.

"It goes back to that drive to be the best," he said.

"Even if I download a game on my phone, can I be the best in the world?

"If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?"

Since becoming a first-team regular for Spurs at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, Kane has developed into one of the best strikers in the world. He has scored at least 20 Premier League goals a season in each of the last four campaigns and only needs another three goals in eight games to reach the milestone this season.

In all competitions, Kane has scored 164 goals in 249 games for Tottenham and has netted 22 times in 37 appearances for England. At the 2018 World Cup, he won the Golden Boot after finishing as top goalscorer in the tournament with six goals.

Kane met Brady in Atlanta last month and suggested there were parallels between their respective careers.

"We've had a similar path being doubted when we were younger—maybe not being the best athletes as kids," he explained.

"Not many people thought he'd become that good or even play in the NFL and he went on to become the best ever.

"At the time, it gave me a real boost to say, look, anything is possible. If you have that self-belief and that drive and that hunger, you can do it."

Kane wouldn't be the first player to swap codes. Former USMNT goalkeeper Tony Meola was signed up by the New York Jets in the summer of 1994, shortly after the soccer World Cup.

Meola was cut after the third pre-season game, but other former soccer players fared better. Toni Frisch spent 12 seasons with Rapid Wien, winning the Austrian league three times, before being converted into placekicker by the Dallas Cowboys.

Fritsch won Super Bowl VI with the Cowboys and spent 15 seasons in the league, earning Pro Bowl selection in 1979.

From the mid-1990s onward, a number of Australian rules football players—Darren Bennett, Ben Graham, Matt McBriar, Saverio Rocca, Jordan Berry, Brad Wing and Lac Edwards—spent time in the NFL as punters.

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring their first goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London, on March 2, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
Premier League Star Harry Kane Wants to Become NFL Kicker | Sports