Rugland is trying to take a similar route to the NFL as Darren Bennett, the former Australian Rules Football player who became a star punter for the San Diego Chargers in the mid-1990s.
Bennett was so raw that during his first tryout with the Chargers, during his honeymoon, a snap hit him in the face.
Rugland hasn’t had such a moment.
‘‘No, I’ve done pretty good then!’’ he said. ‘‘But he had to catch them himself. I’m just standing there. I’ve got a holder doing that job.’’
Bennett was a two-time Pro Bowler.
‘‘Of course I wouldn’t mind having a career like him,’’ Rugland said. ‘‘That’s a lot to hope for. Just get a contract first and then see what happens. He has done what I’m trying to do.’’
After the workout with the Jets, Rugland returned home and secured a sponsorship from Norwegian company Videxio, which allowed him to come to San Diego.
‘‘It costs a little bit of money to stay here,’’ he said.
The perfect destination for Rugland, of course, would be the Minnesota Vikings, but they have All-Pro kicker Blair Walsh.
In the meantime, Rugland has spent time practicing at La Jolla High, home of the Vikings.
‘‘I feel right at home,’’ Rugland said.