Ex-AHS star Novak waived by Redskins
Less than two months after the Washington Redskins signed him to be their kicker, Albemarle High School alum Nick Novak finds himself out of a job. The 'Skins made the announcement last night.
When he sat for the Hook's HotSeat a month ago, Novak was already in danger of losing his roster spot after successfully converting only 2 of 5 field goal attempts. "There are only 32 jobs out there," he acknowledged.
Looking for work became an especially real possibility last week when the Redskins signed kicker Shaun Suisham to the team's practice squad. Novak did not play in last Sunday's game against the Falcons, in which Suisham missed his only field goal attempt, a 50-yarder.
AHS football coach Rick Vrohovac, who got the news this morning, says he spoke with his famous former player last week. "He knows it's a business," says Vrohovac. "He knew that when they signed Suisham they would compete and that Suisham won the competition."
This latest development is a far cry from where Novak was five weeks ago after kicking a 47-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to defeat the Dallas Cowboys at a sold-out FedEx Field. Immediately after that game, Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs told reporters, "I sure like him and I think he's got a real future." Asked about his change of heart yesterday, Gibbs told the Washington Post that it wasn't ultimately about Novak's accuracy but that, "Shaun gives us the best chance to get more distance [on kickoffs]."
It's a fate Novak seems to accept. "It's my fault," he tells the Post. "They wanted to see how [Suisham] kicks for the rest of the year."
The Post also reports that Novak may continue to reside in the D.C. area for a few weeks and continue to work out and practice in the hopes of signing with another NFL team in the run-up to the playoffs or the chance to play in NFL Europe. If that doesn't pan out, Vrohovac says Novak may want to explore other career options. "He's got a pipe dream like all athletes to compete at the highest level," he says. "But the good thing is he's got his degree from Maryland and he's got his mind to fall back on."