Roger Ruzek was not drafted out of Weber State (a CFL player factory for many years) and signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 1983. He was unable to beat out veteran Matt Bahr and was released. In 1984, he signed with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals and spent two seasons there and wore these pants during the 1985 season. In the USFL, Ruzek made 34 of 48 field goal attempts. After the USFL folded, Ruzek signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987 to replace Rafael Septien. He was replaced for two games in 1989 by former USFL kicker Luis Zendejas during a holdout before returning and was replaced for good by the Cowboys later that season. Ruzek signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for the remainder of the 1989 campaign and remained there until he strained a hamstring making a game-winning field goal against Green Bay early in the 1993 season. The Eagles signed Matt Bahr to kick during the injury and decided to keep Bahr and released Ruzek. After Bahr struggled, the Eagles brought Ruzek back late in the season. In 1994, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers but did not make the team out of training camp. Ruzek made 120 of 166 field goal attempts in the NFL with a long of 53 yards. In 1996, he resurfaced with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena league making 3 of 8 field goals through the league's narrow goal posts. He also played for the London Monarchs in NFL Europe in 1996, making 8 of 11 field goals.