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Still a Legend, Younghoe Koo Finishes NFL Season Strong, Name NFC Special Teams Player of The Month

Former AAF Atlanta Legends Kicker continues to add to his trophy case upon the succession of the NFL season. Despite not being named an All-Pro or Pro Bowler, Koo put together another quality NFL season since joining the NFL in 2019. The former Atlanta Legend was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, for December/January after going 12/12 on Field Goals and 7/7 on Extra Points totally 43 points for the final stretch of the season.

Koo who had one point was an NFL cast-off in 2017, ironically being replaced by Nick Novak who now consults for the XFL. Koo would find his groove in 2019 with the Atlanta Legends going 14/14 on field goals before the AAF collapsed. Koo would then have a short stint with the Patriots, before the Falcons cut long time Kicker Matt Bryant in 2019, earning NFC player of week honors his first week with the team.

Since joining the Falcons it’s been smooth sailing for Koo who after earning a Pro Bowl in 2020, signed a five-year 24.25 million contract extension in 2022 solidifying his place with the Falcons for the foreseeable future. Koo’s journey from NFL-Castoff/Workout Body to premier Top-Tier Kicker can be attributed to the AAF even though despite its shaky financials allowed NFL Caliber players to showcase their skillsets in an attempt to extend their careers.

Koo joins alt-league Kickers like Graham Gano, Nick Novak, and Nick Folk, as veterans of the AAF, UFL, and XFL to have exceptional NFL careers. For Koo the fact that over five years ago he was with the Chargers missing back-to-back game winning kicks to now being among the NFL’s best, show the importance of spring league football. Overall, Koo’s story is becoming even more common moving forward as with each year the NFL sees more alt-league pros continue to contribute on a week in and week out basis.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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