UCLA true freshman kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn, has taken his fair share of lumps from UCLA fans this season. Prior to his game-winning, 33-yard field goal against Arizona State on Saturday, fans have shown no restraint in their disdain for Fairbairn’s inconsistent performance.
Of course, his clutch performance changed perceptions and, understanding of his plight, his teammates celebrated with Fairbairn pretty hard as he made the go-ahead kick.
So much so, that he bloodied his nose in the process of a dogpile. Soon after, he left head coach Jim Mora a little gift on his shirt. From the Daily Bruin:
Ka’imi Fairbairn, a true freshman, hit a 33-yard field goal to give UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) a 45-43 victory over Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) and was immediately dogpiled by his teammates, sustaining a bloody nose.
Following the jubilation, Fairbairn hugged Mora, leaving a small red stain on his coach’s right shoulder.
Gross. So as soon as he realized he had a bloody nose, he used the hug he gave Mora as an excuse to wipe it on his shoulder?
We know, we know: He kicked the game-winning field goal, but dude, he wiped blood on Jim Mora’s shirt. I don’t know about you, but personally, I’d love to have one of those shirts and letting my kicker ruin it is a shame.
In all seriousness, it’s good to see Fairbairn ease his demons and earn the respect that was previously given to him based on his talent. After his game-winner, the freshman went from scrub replacement to Jeff Locke to clutch performer in crucial games.
Fairbairn proved he could be cold-blooded in hot situations. Just ask Jim Mora’s shirt.