/Patriots Kicker Once Also Made Impression With His Arm

Patriots Kicker Once Also Made Impression With His Arm


Stephen Gostkowski has made 87 percent of his field-goal tries since entering the N.F.L. in 2006.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There was a hard and fast rule in the dugout of the University of Memphis baseball team: no cellphones. But on a Sunday in April 2006, Coach Daron Schoenrock allowed his No. 2 starting pitcher to bring his cellphone to the game.

Schoenrock had told the right-hander Stephen Gostkowski to take the day off. Gostkowski’s family members were in town, and Sunday was looking to be an eventful day for them. Gostkowski would have none of it. There was a doubleheader against visiting Mississippi Valley State and he wanted to be there, even if he was not going to pitch.

During the Tigers’ doubleheader sweep, Gostkowski’s cellphone rang and he went outside the dugout to take the call. He returned a few minutes later.

“He was as white as a ghost,” Schoenrock recalled this week in a phone interview. “He…

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