kicking a field goal - barefoot?

I was just watching the NFL channel and they were showing the end of some old playoff game between Denver and Cleveland. Denver won by a field goal in overtime.

And the kicker was barefoot. WTF?

Believe it or not, that was moderately popular in the 80’s. It made absolutely no sense to me though. I would think you could kick a ball harder when you’re wearing a shoe.

Kicking barefooted field goals in football goes back quite a bit, at least to the 1920s. Hawaii.

Never mind. Need to pay more attention.

Rich Karlis, IIRC. Tony Franklin was another.