NFL Placekickers: 10 Record Setters that Might Surprise You

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NFL Placekickers: 10 Record Setters that Might Surprise You

As late as the 1960's, placekickers were almost an afterthought in the NFL. 

For most teams, the kicker was not a full-time position. Teams used players who were either athletic or strong to handle the kicking duties.

Often times, an offensive tackle (e.g. Lou Groza of the Cleveland Browns, pictured above), a backup quarterback (e.g. George Blanda of the Raiders) or even sometimes a star running back (e.g. Paul Hornung of the Packers) also served double duty as the kicker. 

In other words, the team received placekicking for free.

Compare this to today, where every team has a placekicker. All of who are fairly well-paid to play maybe 12 plays a game if you consider extra points, field goals and kickoffs.

This past February, the Raiders' Al Davis made Sebastian Janikowski the highest-paid placekicker of all time with a four-year, $16-million dollar contract. Including $9 million in guaranteed money.

With all of that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to play a little placekicker Trivial Pursuit and see just who has been what in the world of NFL kicking.

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