World News – USA – Hopkins’ continued belief in himself paid off against Steelers

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Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins knows that his 2020 season was not what he and many others had hoped for. He said so after Washington’s 23:17 win over Pittsburgh on Monday.

His description of his first eleven games is based on his disagreement as Washington’s kicker that season. He went through a stretch where he missed a field goal in five out of seven games, and some of those kicks made a big difference in the result. The veteran was also shaky with every step from 40 yards or more.

But in Washington’s biggest game of the season on Monday, Hopkins got through when it mattered. He went three against three on field gates, all coming from 45 yards or more. That includes his last two kicks, which gave Washington the lead – and then a little cushion – just minutes away.

Those moments and kicks are never easy, and that was especially the case with Hopkins in 2020. But he did it. A main reason for this is that during the external noise, fights and adversity, he never stopped believing in himself.

« You have to trust where you are as an athlete and what got you there, and just keep trusting who you are, what you did and what you can be, » said Hopkins.

While Hopkins never wavered on his skills personally, that alone didn’t save his job and gave him a second chance to shine again. Head coach Ron Rivera also played a role. He never gave up on kicker either. Even if he could.

Rivera asked numerous questions about an early season kicking switch and noted that he would be looking at options, but was confident Hopkins could find his way back to his original form. This support has been great for Hopkins over the past few weeks.

Rivera’s presence as a whole was helpful. Hopkins sees how the head coach acted and worked with his players and knows that the right man is in charge in Washington. He is ready to trust any decisions made.

« Even if he has changed something, I’m really impressed with the way the coach treats himself in different ways. The way he talks to guys, how he approaches the team, how he recovers from hard losses, « said Hopkins. « How he reacts to victories. I was really impressed as a coach and as a man. ”

Resilience and never giving up is something the entire Washington Football team worked on in 2020, and Hopkins was certainly a part of it. While never doubting his abilities, Monday allowed him to see all three of his kicks through the posts and contribute to a huge win.

Dustin Hopkins, Washington Football Team, Placekicker, American Football, Ron Rivera

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