From work at the fish market to the NFL game in 48 hours, Nick Sciba does it all as a Steelers backup

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PHILADELPHIA — Nick Sciba went from lobster and shrimp to kicks and kickoffs over a 48-hour period.

Sciba was back home in Clover, SC, a town of 6,700 about 45 minutes southwest of Charlotte, when his phone rang on Friday. It was the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sciba’s part-time gig at Saltwater markets fresh seafood grocer? We would have to wait.

When veteran Chris Boswell injured his groin on Friday, Sciba was needed to serve as Steelers kicker in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Sciba had field goals for 38 and 28 yards and converted his only try for extra points by being perfect on kicks in his NFL debut, a 35-13 loss.

” It was great. I loved every second,” Sciba said. “I hate the result, but I was happy to have been able to help the team.”

Holder of the NCAA career record for field goal accuracy (89.9%), Sciba scored 80 field goals and 193 extra points during a four-year career for Wake Forest. He spent the summer and most of training camp with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agentbut with Boswell on board it was not necessary.

When Sciba was part of the second wave of pre-season cups On August 23, coach Mike Tomlin told him that the Steelers could do business with him in the future if they ever needed him.

this future has come Fridaywhen they loaded Sciba on a plane and brought him to Pittsburgh in the late afternoon.

“While I was at home working at the fish market, kicking, just doing my normal routine,” Sciba said after Sunday’s game. “It was just part-time.”

So, probably, is his kicking gig in the NFL. Boswell will surely get his job back when he is deemed healthy.

But that won’t erase that Sciba will have scored forever in an NFL game. Although Sciba had a blunder in that one of his four kickoffs went out of bounds, it won’t change that it was an afternoon he will never forget he can. talk to everyone at Saltwater Markets.

“I don’t think I was too nervous,” Sciba said. “I just wanted to go out there and do a good job today for the team.”

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Chris Adamski is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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