Failing on the football field last season might have been the best thing that happened to New York Giants' placekicker Josh Brown.

It forced the 34-year--old who is about to enter his 11th NFL season to re-examine not only his kicking, but everything in his life after being unemployed most of the 2012 season.

The review started with his placekicking. Did he lose the job with the Jets to Nick Folk because of his work ethic or something else?

And if his kicking wasn't good enough was he ready to handle retirement. Did he save enough? Was there money for him and his wife and three children, who still have college in front of them.

It can be scary stuff. For Brow, it turned out to be motivation.