Ka'imi Fairbairn talked with the media this week.
On the ceremony:
It was special. My parents were there. I was nervous but it was a great experience.
On finishing his career after starting it with three missed PATs:
Coach Mora has been there for me since the beginning. Its been a long journey. I don’t regret anything. Learning from those experiences, it was a great learning experience. Even the big ones I’ve missed, I’ve learned from it.
On the NFL:
Coach Mora recruits guys who are looking to go to the next level. I was fortunate enough to have Jeff Locke and Kevin McDermott my freshman year and to learn things.
On if there was a point it became realistic:
You take it kick by kick and not listen to the noise. Its a dream of mine and a goal.
On improving his NFL stock:
Its pretty simple for kickers, make the kick. There are always things to work on. Watching NFL games and putting yourself in the situation, in that way, I think there is. It will be a long offseason working on my body
On adding distance:
I don’t think its been distance that’s been a problem, more connecting and accuracy. Really focusing on keeping the same kick every time and not changing things because its a farther kick. That’s what changed over the years.
On how far in practice:
With this year, I could kick it from 70. No wind, depends on where you’re at. Colorado last year, we hit from 67, but altitude is much higher there. Here, I think 60 has been it. Coach Mora doesn’t really put us in that situation. My goal isn’t the long ones. The 60-yarder happened to have happened. The long ones come as you go along.
On proudest of any kick:
My freshman year, the game winner against Arizona State, having the game on the line, drilling it and keeping things simple, it was a great feeling.
On what changed from his first kick mentally:
Not worrying about everything outside. Keeping my thoughts simple and worrying about one things and zoom focus and doing what my job is.
On being 2nd team all Pac-12 affecting his thoughts for Lou Groza:
I don’t think about that stuff. Its media, I just want to work hard for my teammates. Awards come and go, but its a great honor.
On getting involved in kicking:
I played soccer from when I was young, then in high school, I took it seriously. Freshman, sophomore year, I took it seriously. I was strictly a kicker then.
On if he dreamed of the NFL:
You’re working towards that. Its a long process and a goal, but I hope to work there next year. It will be a long offseason. In high school, you watch it on TV and ask ‘can I do that’ then you hope its in the picture.
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