Kickers play a big part in NFL games. You sure know when they don’t make their kicks and you sure know when they do. It’s a high pressure job. Here are ten fun facts about ten NFL kickers.
After two seasons with the New York Giants, Matt Bryant spent 2004 playing one game with the Colts and three with the Dolphins.
As a rookie with the Lions in 1966, Garo Yepremian set a new record by kicking six field goals in one game. He made six out of eight tries that day in a 32-31 Detroit win over Minnesota.
Morten Andersen spent two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002 and 2003. Those years saw him lead the league in both extra points made and attempted. Those were the only years he would lead the league in those categories.
In a 22-9 win over the Lions in 2013, Mason Crosby of the Packers had his first five field goal day. He went 5-for-5 that day and added on one extra point for a total of 16 points. His made field goals were from 26, 31, 42, 45, and 52 yards away.
Before catching on with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, Steven Hauschka played professionally with the Vikings, Ravens, Falcons, Lions, Broncos, and even the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.
Mark Moseley kicked for the Redskins from 1974 to 1986, also spending time on the rosters of the Eagles, Oilers, and Browns. In 1982, he became the first and only placekicker to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
In a 2012 Ravens win over the Browns, Justin Tucker missed the first field goal of his career. Prior to that he’d made eight straight field goals. His first miss was from 47 yards away.
Longtime NFL and AFL kicker George Blanda led the league in extra points made eight times. He did this once with the Bears, twice with the Oilers, and five times with the Raiders.
Longtime Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski attended the University of Memphis on a baseball scholarship and was a walk-on for the football team.
Adam Vinatieri is the first player in NFL history to score 1000 or more points with two different teams.