An Unusual Statistic Involving Kansas City Chiefs’ Hall of Fame Kicker Jan Stenerud


Over the years, Jan Stenerud was one of the more reliable and consistent kickers in the NFL. He put together a 19 year career that saw him spend 13 years in Kansas City, four with the Packers, and the final two in Minnesota. An unusual stat comes up regarding his 1976 season as a member of the Chiefs. That year, this Hall of Fame kicker who would set many records during his career, missed six extra point attempts.

Missing the occasional extra point is going to happen. A bad snap, a bobbled hold, and loose turf can all cause an extra point to be missed; not to mention the chance that it can be blocked by the opposition. But six in one season? By a Hall of Famer? His final extra point stats that year read as 33 attempted and 27 made for a completion percentage of 81.8%… that is close to missing one out of every five attempted. That had to have driven the head coach crazy, especially in the last game of the year. Stenefud missed an extra point that would’ve given the Chiefs a 17-14 lead over the Broncos, instead they were only ahead 16-14 when Denver drove for a fourth quarter field goal that would give them the 17-16 win over the Chiefs.

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