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You secure your helmet and jog out onto the field You plant your foot in front of where the ball will be held for you knowing any tiny mistake could cost your team the game and the 100000 bonus You take three steps back and one to the left The ball holder signals the snap You begin to move toward the ball as the holder grabs the ball and spins the laces away from your foot You feel the ball thud against your foot the ball seems to float in the air as it travels to the goal posts The ball slips though the goal posts you have just won the game you are Jose Cortez of the Los Angeles Extreme Jose was born in San Vincente EL Salvador on the twenty-seventh day of May 1975 At age 15 he moved to the United States of America with his mother and sister When Jose first enrolled at Van Nuys High School he did not speak a word of English In 1996 he handled punts kickoffs and long field goal at Los Angeles Valley College The next year he started as kicker at Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon As a Junior Jose was an All-PAC-10 selection making eleven out of nineteen field goals with the longest being 45 yards As a Senior he made three field goals from beyond 50 yards 50 52 55 all in one game In 1999 Jose signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns He only played one game in the NFL and that was with the New York Giants Jose spent 2000 spring time training camps with the San Diego Chargers but did not play another NFL season game Also in the year 2000 Jose played for the Admirals in the NFLE National Football League Europe there he split playing time with Silvio Diliberto In the NFLE Jose made a total of nine field goals tied
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