NDSU kicker boasts ironic difference from mostFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the more overlooked players of NDSU's national championship football team last season was kicker Adam Keller. In fact, he set himself apart with one of the best seasons by a kicker in Bison history. But there's also something else that sets him apart from nearly every other kicker in the nation.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the more overlooked players of NDSU's national championship football team last season was kicker Adam Keller. In fact, he set himself apart with one of the best seasons by a kicker in Bison history. But there's also something else that sets him apart from nearly every other kicker in the nation.
Adam Keller looks like your average kicker until he takes his cleats off.
Adam Keller, NDSU Junior Kicker: “A lot of people growing up giving me crap about having four toes and being a kicker. That's why you're so good and what if you had five toes would you be so good? Those are the questions I've dealt with from my childhood till now.”
He also had to deal with questions from his teammates when he arrived on campus three years ago.
Ben LeCompte, NDSU Sophomore Punter: “I didn’t really notice at first. Then we're sitting around one day, he's 17 and I'm 19 and looked down at his foot and said ‘Whoa, there's four toes.’”
Michael Murphy, NDSU Sr. Long Snapper: “Wow, a kicker with four toes. You don't see normal people with four toes. It's his cliché.”
Keller was born with four toes on his right foot and when you watch him kick you'd have no idea but there's one give-away.
Keller: “My left foot is actually a foot and half bigger than my right foot. I wear a 10.5 foot shoe on my right foot and a 11.5 on my plant foot, so people will notice I'm wearing two different shoes on but that's just because I need two different shoes to fit my feet.”
Keller rose to the challenge last season in his first year starting he connected on 75 percent of his kicks setting schools records for field goals made and points scored.
Keller: “I put a lot of hard work and time into the offseason and that's what made it pay off in the end, the will to want to get better and be great for the Bison. My parents always said that's what makes you special and that's who makes you who you are and that's what they're supposed to say. Just embraced it and take it for what it is. Hey I have four toes, I'm a little bit different, but I just go with it.”
Keller tells me he thinks only some of his teammates know that he has four toes and was curious what everyone else's reaction was going to be now that they know.