Cowboys' Brandon Aubrey reveals jaw-dropping story behind transition to football

Build Brandon Aubrey's wife a statue right now.

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The offseason was a weird time for Dallas Cowboys fans. While the fan base was ecstatic after the front office traded for Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks, the vacancy at kicker was enough to provoke panic. Little did folks know that Brandon Aubrey would quell any and all concerns about the position.

Not only has Aubrey squashed concerns, but his reliability has brought a calming sensation to the Cowboys sideline during games. In Week 14, Aubrey outscored the Eagles by himself. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, including makes from 60 and 59 yards, and made all three extra points.

A former soccer star at Notre Dame, Aubrey transitioned to football after he realized his soccer career wasn't going where he wanted. He eventually made a name for himself kicking field goals for the USFL's Birmingham Stallions.

So what (or who) exactly convinced Aubrey to table his soccer dream and pursue a career kicking field goals in the NFL?

Here's Aubrey's jaw-dropping story.

Brandon Aubrey's wife convinced Cowboys kicker to pursue an NFL career

Build Aubrey's wife a statue outside AT&T Stadium right now. In fairness, the kicker who missed the field goal during the game Aubrey and his wife were watching also deserves some love. Had the player made the kick, who knows if Aubrey's wife musters the courage to suggest he would have converted the kick?

Initially, Aubrey was reluctant to buy into his wife's confidence. Making a field goal looks easy on television, but the 28-year-old knew how much work it would require to get even a sniff of interest from smaller-level leagues like the USFL, XFL and CFL.

You can understand Aubrey's hesitance. He was drafted by Toronto FC in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, but got released after one season and couldn't stick in the USL Championship thereafter.

As it turns out, his wife barked up the right tree. Kicking field goals was Aubrey's calling the entire time.

Not only did he find a job with the Cowboys -- his favorite team growing up -- but he's morphed into arguably the NFL's best kicker as a rookie.

In Sunday's win vs the Eagles, Aubrey became the first player in NFL history to convert the first 30 field goals of his career and the first to make two field goals of 59 yards or longer in the same game with makes from 60 and 59 yards.

The next time you roll your eyes when your significant other makes an outlandish comment, think about Aubrey's jaw-dropping journey to the NFL.

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