Havard Rugland has never made an NFL field goal, but already he’s earned a cult following among Lions fans.

Rugland sat at a small table draped with a black cloth high above the 20-yard line Tuesday as fans strolled the Ford Field concourse sampling stuffed tortellini, sautéed shrimp and Billy Sims’ BBQ at the team’s Taste of the Lions event.

It was Rugland’s first public appearance in Detroit, and fans flocked to the table he shared with punter Blake Clingan, the other not-quite-as-well-known specialist the Lions signed after their March workout.

“He showed me your video and the whole time I’m going, ‘Stop it. Stop it. Are you serious? He’s on our team?’” a 20-something-year-old woman, sunglasses on her head and a Lions tray and wine glass in one hand, said to Rugland as she approached with her date for the night.

“I saw your video on YouTube,” said another, slightly older woman in a blue dress. “Phenomenal. The dog is really cute, too.”

By now, more than 4 million people have seen the four-minute YouTube video that Rugland thought would get “40 or 50 views” when he posted it last September.

It made him famous, vaulted him from semi-professional soccer player and full-time child protective services agent in his native Norway to Lions kicker, and is the reason half a dozen people, after getting Rugland’s autograph in black Sharpie on their white-paneled footballs, asked him to add “Kickalicious” under his name Tuesday night.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Rugland told the Free Press. “I appreciate it. Feel lucky to have this opportunity and I’m going for it.”

Nearly four months after he relocated to America full-time with the help of the Norwegian company Videxio, a video service provider that agreed to cover his living and training expenses through Aug. 1, Rugland still can’t believe the trick-shot kick video he made as a lark has landed him here.

It all started one day last summer when Rugland spent a couple hours making a trick-shot Frisbee video with his cousin, Anders Stenberg, who was visiting on vacation.

The next day, Rugland told his cousin – the man in the green Mexico soccer jersey in the YouTube video – that he wanted to make another video, this time using an American football.

They spent half a day kicking in the backyard, at a local field and elsewhere around the coastal community of Algard in southern Norway, and a few days later, when Rugland realized his video was too short, he enlisted the help of his brothers Bjorn and Oystein (the ones driving the car and sticking their head out of the sunroof to catch the kicked ball) to finish it off with a few more frames.

Rugland said he needed several takes to get many of the shots right, though not always for a lack of accuracy.

Using a tripod to hold the camera, he recorded his kick into a moving car several times because “my brother stepped on the brakes and I didn’t want to see any brake lights on the video.” Ditto his kick into a basketball hoop, “because I didn’t want it to hit the rim,” he said.

While the video features shots of Rugland kicking a football onto a boat, backwards into a garbage can and through a goalpost from various angles and distances, he said his favorite shot was the last one, when he punted a ball in the air and kicked a second one off a tee straight into the first ball like a surface-to-air missile.

That took eight takes, and Rugland said he dreamed it up about 10 minutes before he shot it.

“I was trying to be creative,” he said.