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Hershey's American-Dollars Kicker Dan Kaler Discusses Super Bowl

Aired January 26, 2001 - 1:50 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, if you don't have much interest the Ravens or the Giants, perhaps you'd like to just turn on the Sunday Super Bowl game to catch Dan Kaler before the game.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Good idea.

WATERS: He's going to try to win $1 million.

ALLEN: That's right. And he doesn't have to talk to Regis Philbin to do it. He doesn't have to answer any questions. But he has to kick a field goal, a 45-yarder.

Hi, Dan.

DAN KALER, HERSHEY'S AMERICAN-DOLLAR KICKER: Hello.

ALLEN: Are you are nervous?

You know, I was nervous initially. The first day they called me, I just thought about, boy, I am going to the Super Bowl. But each day, I am getting more used to the idea of being on national television and going for the million dollars.

ALLEN: That's good. Hopefully this will warm you up, too.

WATERS: We watch a whole season of football squads, working a way to the Super Bowl. How does Dan Kaler get to the Super Bowl?

KALER: Basically, I saw it displayed at a local grocery store, mailed in my entry form. And I was selected from four first-place candidates to go to a kickoff event in San Diego. There...

ALLEN: Wow, that's looking pretty good.

WATERS: You've got some great form there.

KALER: Yes, each of the contestants kicked a series of field goals. The first with the most field goals would go to the Super Bowl. So that was me.

ALLEN: Have you played football? Have you done a lot of kicking before? It sure looks like it. KALER: It -- just recreationaly. Friends and myself in high school tried to mimic the professional kickers, using a soccer-style approach. And we just started there, and I just always enjoyed kicking field goals.

WATERS: So you've been practicing 45-yarders the whole time? And how -- what's -- what's your technique?

KALER: Soccer-style approach, the three-step approach, more accustomed to a 25- to 30-range. On Sunday, I will be kicking from 35, which -- you've got to get it up a little higher and carry it a further distance.

WATERS: Well, you're going to also have one major distraction on Sunday. And that's going to -- you're going to be surrounded by tens of thousands of people?

KALER: That's right. It'll be at the NFL experience. But I've just got to block it out and focus on the ball.

ALLEN: All right, we're trying not to make you nervous. Dan, go for it. We wish you well. That's a lot of money.

KALER: Well, thank you. It's very exciting. And I would like to thank Hershey's just for the opportunity to live out a dream.

WATERS: All right. Take care.

ALLEN: Good luck. We'll be watching. I'll tune in for that.

WATERS: You'll be in the Super Bowl.

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