Green Bay Packers: Titletown's Top 5 Kickers of All Time
Kickers are perhaps the most underrated and abused players in the NFL. They usually don't stay in one place for very long and are often tossed aside at any sign of inconsistency.
Many fans don't even think they should even be a part of American football and believe they'd better belong playing soccer (the world's true football).
However, kickers, along with the even more despised punters, are crucial as far as field position goes over the course of an NFL game.
Kickers in the NFL are similar to closing pitchers in the MLB or NHL goalies during a shootout with the pressure that is poured on them at the end of the game. They are expected to put the ball through the uprights every chance they get.
Whether you like it or not, field goals and missed field goals can drastically change a contest, especially in OT and in the closing seconds of regulation.
The Green Bay Packers have had a few ferocious foots boot the ball over the years, and here is a tribute to a position that is the often the object of mocking.
Honorable Mention: Dave Rayner
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Dave Rayner is currently a member of the Detroit Lions, but he has played with six other teams during his NFL career, including an impressive 2006 stint with the Packers.
Rayner would have crushed the team's longest field goal at the time with a 55-yard boot, but a pre-snap defensive penalty had already nullified the play. Instead, he had to settle with tying Chris Jacke and Ryan Longwell with the 54-yarder he had nailed two weeks earlier.
Rayner's powerful foot earned him an honorable mention among Packers kickers.
Honorable Mention: Don Chandler
Don Chandler played the majority of his career with the New York Giants, but he went to the Pro Bowl in 1967, which was his final season as a Packer.
As a punter, Chandler made the 1960s All-Decade team and holds the franchise record for the longest punt of 90 yards. He also still holds the record for the most field goals in Super Bowl history with four in the Packers' win over the Raiders in 1968.
Chandler is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame and deserves to be mentioned among Green Bay's greatest kickers.
5. Chester Marcol
Chester Marcol was a second-round pick by the Packers in 1972, the same year in which he made his first of two Pro Bowls and won the NFC Rookie of the Year.
Surprisingly, Marcol is best known for his game-winning touchdown.
The Packers were deadlocked with the Bears in overtime of the opening game of the 1980 season when Marcol retrieved his own blocked field-goal attempt and took it 25 yards to the house.
He is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame and holds the record for most field goals in a season with 33.
4. Jan Stenerud
Jan Stenerud began his Hall of Fame career with the Chiefs, but he played four seasons with the Packers in the early 1980s and earned his way into the team's Hall of Fame.
Stenerud was one of the league's first players to be used primarily as a kicker because of his skill with the emerging soccer-style technique.
Most of his Pro Bowl years were with Kansas City, where his number is retired, but he brought much-needed leadership to the Pack and taillied a total of seven game-winning or game-tying field goals throughout his time in Titletown.
As a Packer, Stenerud is best known for his game-winner in the team's famous MNF matchup with the Redskins in 1983 which produced a final score of 48-47.
3. Mason Crosby
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Widely considered the best kicker in college football, Mason Crosby was drafted in the sixth round by the Packers in 2007.
Crosby finished his rookie year as the highest single-season scorer in franchise history after beating out the incumbent Dave Rayner in training camp. He also led the NFC with 24 field goals.
In 2010, Crosby hit a 56-yarder against the Eagles in Week 1 to break the Packers' longest field goal record.
Mason Crosby is already one of Titletown's top kickers, and if he can continue his current success, his placement in this ranking has the potential to rise.
2. Chris Jacke
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After leading the Packers in kicking for eight seasons, Chris Jacke became the third-all-time scorer in team history.
His 17 field goals of over 50 yards are the most by any Packer and he holds the record for most consecutive field goals with the same number.
Jacke kicked five field goals in a single game with no misses twice and was a part of the Super Bowl XXXI team.
1. Ryan Longwell
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Even though he also jumped to the Vikings like another longtime Packer we know, Ryan Longwell is undeniably the greatest kicker who ever played in Green Bay.
Longwell is currently the fifth-most accurate placekicker in league history with a field-goal percentage of 82.2 percent. He is also the Packers' all-time leading scorer with 1,054 points, including a team record 226 field goals over his nine-year tenure in Titletown.
Despite his skill, Longwell has often been snubbed on Pro Bowl ballots, but he's the No. 1 Packer on this ranking.