NFL News : Watch: Cowboys S takes over kicking duties, does surprsingly well

Watch: Cowboys S takes over kicking duties, does surprsingly well

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Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath was a hero of sorts on Sunday, after he was forced to take over kicking duties after starter Dan Bailey left the game with an injury. 

Heath, a former high school kicker, made two extra points Sunday. They were the longest successful kicks by a non-kicker in the NFL since 1979 when Packers linebacker John Anderson made a 39-yarder, per NBC Sports

Heath, who grew up playing soccer, made a 49-yard field goal in high school to win a playoff game for Lake Orion (Mich.) High School. He also hit a game-winner from 30 yards as a junior.

Last season against the 49ers, Heath nearly had to replace Bailey when the kicker’s back tightened up on him during pregame warmups. Heath warmed up but Bailey made it through the game.

Heath did kick during practice the following week, the first time he had kicked with a snapper and a holder since high school, noted NBC Sports.

"Heath’s side job, though, will come to an end. The Cowboys will work out kickers this week if Bailey can’t play against Washington next week."

Wide receiver Wes Welker made an extra point for the Patriots in 2010, but that was before PATs were moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15. They now are 33-yard kicks.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh missed an extra point for the Lions in 2010.

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Source: NBC Sports · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency