Australian NFL punter Michael Dickson is trying to maintain a sense of normalcy, as he continues his stellar pre-season campaign.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Dickson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft, and his unique punting mechanics has taken the league by storm.
Despite the national attention he has attracted, the Sydney native isn’t getting caught up in the hoopla.
“It feels strangely pretty normal,” Dickson told SEN’s Whateley.
“I’m trying to keep everything the same, I’m not trying to hype anything up too much.
“It’s in that sort of position where you need to have a pretty level head.
“I’m just trying be pretty casual about everything and keep my routine the same for the past couple of years leading into the week.
“I think everything will be alright.”
It was announced today Crocmedia has secured rights with the NFL for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, with matches to be broadcast on 1116 SEN.
One of those clashes will be Dickson’s Seahawks battling the Oakland Raiders in London on October 15.
Dickson believes Seattle boasts a “great” squad, highlighting how strong the culture amongst the club is.
“I’ve been blown away since I’ve got here by the amount of professionals and how positive the environment is and the workplace is,” he said.
“You don’t see a lot of brotherhood like this in professional sport, compared to college football.
“This professional team is very loving towards one another and I think we are going to be a great team.”
Dickson has a punting grade of 89.1 this pre-season, ranking first in the NFL, with the next best punter on 77.6
Listen to Michael Dickson’s chat with Gerard Whateley on SEN’s Whateley in the player below