In today’s NFL, player’s roles are well defined. There are offensive players, defensive players, and special teams players. Kickers are one of the most defined positions on the team as other than kickoffs, field goals, and extra points, they usually don’t have any other responsibilities.
Due to injuries or other situations, there are times that another player may have to substitute for the kicker. Here is a look at some interesting players that most people would not have thought would have ever kicked a field goal in their career.
Cotton Davidson, Quarterback
The Oakland Raiders are no strangers to quarterbacks who can kick. Pro Football Hall of Fame member George Blanda was a longtime quarterback and kicker for the Raiders through the 1960s and early 1970s. Cotton Davidson kicked two field goals in his career, the first in 1960 while with the Dallas Texans and the second with the Raiders in 1962.
Tom Fears, End
Voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, Tom Fears was a great receiver during the late 1940s and 1950s for the Los Angeles Rams. He led the league in receptions his first three seasons in the NFL, touchdown receptions in 1949, and in receiving yards in 1950. During the 1951, 1953, and 1954 seasons Fears would kick a total of 12 extra points. During that 1953 season though, he would make the only field goal of his career.
Tony Galbreath, Running Back
Most running backs that put together a 12 year do not have any kicking stats to look back on. Tony Galbreath accumulated 34 touchdowns during his career which he spent with the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants. Early in his career though, Galbreath scored for the Saints with his foot. In 1978, Galbreath kicked an extra point. Then in 1979 he kicked two field goals for the team.
Frank Gifford, Halfback/Wide Receiver
Frank Gifford played 12 seasons with the New York Giants, made it to eight Pro Bowls, and ended up putting together a Hall of Fame career. He went on to have a lengthy career as a broadcaster for Monday Night Football. In 1953 he made one of his five field goal attempts, then three years later in 1956 he made one of his two field goal attempts.
Chris Miller, Quarterback
Chris Miller played quarterback in the NFL for ten seasons, eventually retiring due to concussions. Miller spent the bulk of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, though he also saw time with the during their last season in Los Angeles and then their first season in St. Louis. During the 1989 season, Miller was one for one on his only field goal attempt of his career.
Joe Perry, Running Back
Joe Perry is a Hall of Fame running back that spent 16 years in the NFL, most of those with the San Francisco 49ers. He lead the NFL in rushing yards in 1949, 1953, and 1954. He lead the league in rushing touchdowns in 1948, 1949, and 1953. He made the Pro Bowl three times and was the league MVP in 1954. In that 1954 MVP season, he also kicked the only field goal of his career.
Wes Welker, Wide Receiver
Wes Welker of the New England Patriots has emerged as one of the more reliable and gutsy wide receivers that Tom Brady has to throw to. Welker began his career in 2004 as a kick return specialist for the San Diego Chargers and then Miami Dolphins. He saw limited action in his first three years in the league, but in 2007, his first year with the Patriots, he would lead the league in receptions. It was during his rookie season though when as a member of the Dolphins that he would successfully make the only field goal attempt he would try in his career.