Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) lines up to kick a point after try with Chris Jones against the San Francisco 49ers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Every team has an emergency kicker. With Dallas kicker Dan Bailey out with an injured groin, the Cowboys turned to their backup. 

Strong safety Jeff Heath. 

Yes, a safety more used to hitting ball carriers than footballs.


(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


And Heath, a fifth-year pro out of Saginaw Valley State, has become the first non kicker or punter in the NFL since 1980 to kick more than one extra point in a game. Heath is 2 of 3 on extra points and is handling kickoffs as well. He even reached the goal line with his first kickoff. 

Ted Thompson, now the general manager for the Green Bay Packers, was a linebacker with the Houston Oilers in 1980 when asked to handle four extra points. Thompson connected on all four.