Iowa State kicker Cole Netten exacts revenge on critics with great tweet
Iowa State Cyclones kicker Cole Netten enjoyed a phenomenal senior season in 2016 after a disappointing 2015 campaign, performing well enough to earn All-Big 12 first-team honors.
But 2015 was another story. Netten started off converting on only seven of his first 12 field-goal attempts, finishing the season 14-of-19, with some of the misses coming from close range.
As noted, Netten ultimately righted the ship in 2016, finishing with the nation’s third-best field goal percentage (94.1 percent) and converting on 35-of-37 extra-point attempts.
As is often the case in the social media world, critics were quick to brutally lambaste Netten during his sub-par 2015 with mean-spirited tweets. But now that the dust has settled with Netten earning All-Big 12 honors, he decided to document all the social media hate with an absolutely brilliant tweet that highlights the vitriolic tweets he received when things weren’t going so well.
Y'all made me work harder. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/GhcijBwBm7
— Cole Netten (@swollnetten) January 11, 2017
It practically goes without saying that kicker is often the loneliest position on a football team. Kickers of course will get their fair share of accolades when things are going well. But when the chips are down? Kickers are subjected to an arguably unfair amount of criticism, derision and outright hostility each and every time they fail to do their jobs perfectly.
With all that in mind, it’s nice to see one of the kicking fraternity get the last laugh.
Bravo, Cole Netten. Bravo.