Kickers can play a big role in a football game. That’s even more notable when there’s as much on the line as a win or loss in the Super Bowl. Here is a look at five fun facts about Super Bowl kickers:
The First Kick
Don Chandler played in the NFL from 1956 to 1967. In Super Bowl I with the Packers he became the first kicker to score points in the big game. This came in the first quarter when he successfully made an extra point attempt after a Bart Starr to Max McGee touchdown pass.
The First Field Goal
While Don Chandler of the Packers was the first kicker to score points in the Super Bowl, it was Mike Mercer of the Chiefs in that very same game who was the first to make a field goal. This came in the second quarter and the field goal was 31 yards in length.
The highest scoring player in Super Bowl II between the Packers and Raiders was not one of the biggest names in the league. The Packers kicker, Don Chandler, made three field goals and three extra points for a total of 15 points.
The First Without
The first Super Bowl that would feature no field goal was Super Bowl VII between the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. Garo Yepremian of the Dolphins kicked two extra points and Curt Knight of the Redskins kicked one.
The Shortest Ever
The shortest field goal made in Super Bowl history was nine yards. This was done twice, first by Jim Turner of the Jets in Super Bowl III and then again by Mike Clark of the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. This is a record that will never be broken as prior to the 1974 NFL season, goal posts were moved to the back of the endzone and the shortest possible field goal now is approximately eighteen yards.