Furney recalls his 'lifetime' field goal

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- New York Jets rookie Andrew Furney never dreamed he'd kick a game-winning field goal for an NFL team.

"No, absolutely not," he said Saturday. "You always pretend to make a game winning shot in basketball, but never a game-winning field goal."

After trying out for the Jets in the spring, Furney received an offer to provide competition for incumbent Nick Folk. Even though the Jets won't cut Folk after signing him to a four-year, $12 million deal, including $2.1 million guaranteed, Furney is enjoying his time with the team.

"It's going pretty good, pretty satisfied with how I'm hitting the ball, and that's the biggest thing right now," Furney said. "Getting to pick Nick Folk's brain, drain some knowledge from him ... has been a great thing so far."

Furney may have had extra motivation to make the kick, given that it was his brother's birthday the next day.

"He was pretty excited and said, 'Thanks for the early birthday gift,' so he was happy for me," said Furney, who once kicked a 60-yarder for Washington State.

The rookie kicker added how the last two days have been crazy, with friends and family all offering their support. He also believes that Thursday's kick was different from any in college. Furney said that while they are all memorable and have a special place in his heart, "this one is easily up there" and "stands out the most because it was the most recent.

"It's definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my life."