Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff said Sunday that his teammates and the Ravens organization have given him nothing but support since he missed a 32-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the team’s 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game three weeks ago.
“I expected more backlash,” said Cundiff, who was being honored by Drake University, his alma mater.
According to The Des Moines Register, Cundiff said that one of his most vocal supporters was offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who told the kicker he understands the unique pressures of that position.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh are among those who have voiced public support for Cundiff, who will likely compete with another kicker during training camp this summer. The Ravens also considered hiring a sports psychologist to work with Cundiff, but it appears they have decided against it. Cundiff, who hasn’t been in Baltimore since the players packed up and left town after the Patriots loss, said he is confident that his missed field goal will make him stronger.
"I've had a lot of those experiences in my time atDallas [Cowboys] where I missed some big kicks, but I also came back and made some big kicks," said Cundiff, who also played college basketball at Drake. "As you start to get older, you start to realize that if you can grow, then it was a worthwhile experience. A very tough pill to shallow, but I think it's something that makes you better."