Parkey sat down with Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie and cut open a vein about what he’s been going through since Sunday’s ill-fated potential game-winning kick at the end of regulation which sent the Bears to a 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I didn’t know it was tipped or anything,” Parkey said. “I saw it hit the upright and the crossbar and said, ‘Surely it will go in.’ Unfortunately, it bounced towards me.
“… I’m disappointed that I let the fans, my teammates and the whole organization down. I’ll continue to keep my head held high because football is what I do, it’s not who I am.”
As alluded to by Parkey, the NFL officially changed Parkey’s miss to a block, but that has been of little comfort to devastated Bears fans, who took to Twitter to bash Parkey over his comments during Friday’s interview.
To say it’s been a tough few days for Parkey would be an understatement. Not only will the 26-year-old placekicker be forever associated with “double doink,” the term introduced into the NFL vernacular by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, he has been subjected to endless mock and ridicule since his tipped kick clanked off the upright and crossbar.
More troubling, though, is how Parkey has been targeted with death threats on Twitter and the like, although he has not been monitoring such activity.
“I haven’t been on social media or anything like that,” Parkey said on NBC’s morning show.
All things considered, it goes without saying that’s probably a good thing.
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