For all the celebration, gifts and pats on the helmet Walsh is receiving this week, he knows that kicking for a living can be a fickle trade. A few shanks on Sunday at Indianapolis and all of his first-week achievements will be forgotten.
That was one of Longwell's biggest attributes. What he lacked in leg strength he made up for in steely reserve and dependability in the clutch. And he did it for 15 years.
"It's nice to get those opportunities, though, and nice to try and prove your worth to this team and you can be dependable," Walsh said. "There's 15 more games to go and I've got to show that for 15 more games and beyond."
AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell contributed to this story.
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