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    Former NFL kicker set to join OSP
    6/4/2007, 12:01 a.m. PT
    The Associated Press

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — You could soon be pulled over by the greatest place-kicker in XFL history.

    Former Oregon State University kicker Jose Cortez hopes joining the Oregon State Police will give him something he never found during his post-college playing career — job security.

    Cortez, 32, kicked for Dallas, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington in a nomadic NFL career that started after he was cut by Cleveland during training camp in 1999.

    He had his greatest success in the XFL, leading the league in scoring in 2001, its only season. Cortez was the MVP of the championship game, booting four field goals as Los Angeles Xtreme crushed the San Francisco Demons.

    But all of that's behind Cortez, who's currently making $14 an hour as a dockworker.

    The Oregon State Police plans to hire 100 new troopers, and one of them is Cortez, a native of El Salvador. Cortez and nine other recruits are scheduled to report July 30 for pre-academy training.

    "We're hiring 10 at a time, and it takes 10 months to get them out on the road," said state police Capt. Walt Markee.

    The Legislature secured the 100 new positions last week by passing a state police budget of $327 million.

    Cortez applied for a state police job a year ago but was turned down for lack of U.S. citizenship. A naturalized citizen now, Cortez has passed the state police physical and cleared the psychological exam and criminal background check. He will draw a paycheck while earning his certification through Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

    State police are looking for recruits with rich life experiences, good moral character, and the ability to work alone, sometimes under extreme pressure, Markee said.

    Cortez fits that description. He survived El Salvador's civil war, sneaked into the United States through Tijuana, Mexico, at age 15, and settled in a poor Southern California neighborhood thick with gangs.

    And Cortez, like most kickers, knows about working alone and working under pressure. But Cortez said the type of pressure he dealt with in the NFL won't compare with what he might face on Oregon's highways.

    "The NFL, it's just your job," he said. "You get released, you still go on with your life. Being a state trooper, your life is at stake."

    Cortez says his ethnicity, immigrant roots and resistance to street gangs will help him carve a personal role for himself with the Oregon State Police and serve as a role model, especially as Oregon's Latino population increases.

    What do you think?

  • #2
    I guess I don't see a problem with this as long as he has become a citizen and swears to uphold the laws of Oregon and the United States. Coming from Arizona, there were a lot of Mexican Nationals who acquired their citizenship and became great cops.

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    • #3
      It says he's a naturalized citizen, but it also says that he snuck into the country. I'm guessing he became legal under Reagan's amnesty. I wonder if he was really one of the best applicants, despite his criminal history, or if he just has a preferred color of skin.
      "Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!" -- Captain Lance Murdoch, The Simpsons

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