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Janikowski wants to play in Oakland for 7-8 more years

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At 35, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has reached the age when players at other positions have to hang up their cleats. But Janikowski says he thinks it’ll be a long time before he walks away.

Janikowski told the San Francisco Chronicle that he believes he can play into his early 40s, and he hopes he’s able to do so in Oakland.

“I would love to stay here and finish my career,” he said. “This is where I started and where I would like to finish. . . . I can go seven or eight years. If I stay healthy, I can keep going. I want to play as long as I can and win the Super Bowl. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Kickers can make it into their 40s — the 42-year-old Jason Hanson retired from the Lions this year — so it’s not out of the question for Janikowski to play seven or eight more years.

And if Janikowski were to play seven or eight more years at the level he played at last year, he’d have a chance to put his name atop multiple kicking categories in the NFL record book. Janikowski currently has 324 career field goals, including 31 last season. If he averaged 31 field goals a year for the next eight years, he’d have a total of 572 field goals, which would break Morten Andersen’s all-time record of 565. Janikowski would also have a chance at breaking Andersen’s all-time record of 2,544 points scored, although Janikowski’s career extra point total (417) has been held back by playing on teams that don’t score a lot of touchdowns.

Janikowski already owns a share of the record for longest field goal ever (63 yards) and he’s the only player in NFL history to make more than one 60-yard field goal in his career. If Janikowski were to continue playing at his current level for seven or eight more years, he’d have a case to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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46 Responses to “Janikowski wants to play in Oakland for 7-8 more years”
  1. steagles66 says: Jun 13, 2013 6:51 AM

    So I guess his happy with never winning a Super Bowl that’s great

  2. greenmeattruck says: Jun 13, 2013 6:57 AM

    Why not? He can always back up at Nose Tackle.

  3. larondontlikeugly says: Jun 13, 2013 7:05 AM

    The “Polish Powder Keg” is easily the most badass kicker to ever play the game. His 80.6% career FG percentage would be much higher if the Raiders could get the ball inside of their own 40.

  4. raiderufan says: Jun 13, 2013 7:20 AM

    I’ve always felt he doesn’t get his due…probably a combo of things. He doesn’t exactly look like a kicker, the whole first round thing, he wasn’t the best dude in his youth…

    But over the last 7-10 years he’s really been a great Raider and a great kicker. I loved Lechler but his time had to come. Jano would be a hell of a bummer if he ever left.

  5. sicklnick121 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:27 AM

    steagles66 says:
    Jun 13, 2013 6:51 AM
    So I guess his happy with never winning a Super Bowl that’s great.
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    Well if he really never wants to win a superbowl he would go play for your eagles!

  6. sportsnut101 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:32 AM

    He might get 600 field goals. Cuz Oakland won’t be able to score that much in end zone.

    Best pick for late great al Davis in 20 yrs

  7. gibbstastic says: Jun 13, 2013 7:32 AM

    If he is able to make his case for at least consideration for the HoF… does that validate his 1st-round draft pick status?

  8. idpfantasyfootball says: Jun 13, 2013 7:34 AM

    A chance at the HOF? riigght…. Like Ray Guy’s chances?

    Well… maybe now that Deacon Jones is dead.. but I doubt it..

  9. ZakGilbertTributePosterVerified says: Jun 13, 2013 7:34 AM

    The Raiders could win the next 5 Super Bowls off of Sebass’ leg and there’d be no way he gets into the HOF. The bias amongst the 44 voters runs deep regarding kickers…especially Raider kickers…

  10. raider23mike says: Jun 13, 2013 7:42 AM

    HOF kicker! Al Davis did the right thing in drafting him in the 1st Rd. a reach? Maybe but well worth it. Who else from that draft class (1st Rd) is still with their current team?

    Exactly!!

  11. raider23mike says: Jun 13, 2013 7:43 AM

    He’ll stay long enough to see the team rise up to the top of the NFL.

    Super Bowl 2015-2016

  12. souldogdave says: Jun 13, 2013 7:47 AM

    “His happy”? Moron.

  13. mr510 says: Jun 13, 2013 7:52 AM

    Seabass under HOF consideration is a nice thought, but currently as things stand, he’d be hard pressed to get in. There’s plenty of raider greats that aren’t in that should be. Including Ray Guy. With such a log jam in the current process for the HOF it’s difficult to imagine any special team players/specialist to get in. The selection and process need to change, it can be better.

  14. mrmojo448 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:01 AM

    Even if he makes the Hall of Fame, he was still drafted far far too high. I mean, Al Davis was already a bit over the edge at that point, but the pick of Sebass was a sure sign he was far too gone mentally. I mean, I don’t even let my grandpa near the TV remote control, let alone run a billion dollar organization.

  15. toonloonboon says: Jun 13, 2013 8:05 AM

    sorry ladies of the oakland area. be on your guard and watch your drink.

  16. moerawn says: Jun 13, 2013 8:13 AM

    He better stay, he’s about all the offense they have.

  17. raqaiw says: Jun 13, 2013 8:25 AM

    Why not? In 8 years Brady,P. Manning,and Roethlisberger will all be retired,meaning the balance of power will shift in the AFC. With the moves Reggie is making I wouldn’t be surprised to see the silver & black have a resurgence in the next 3-4 years. A competitive Raiders is good for the NFL.

  18. vfan76 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:27 AM

    And if he was a back up at Note Tackle he’d be the best defensive player on the team.

  19. floratiotime says: Jun 13, 2013 8:39 AM

    Translation … he would like to get paid for 7-8 more years.

  20. chargersdiehard says: Jun 13, 2013 8:41 AM

    Thats about how long it will be before they have a winning season.

  21. jailhousern says: Jun 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    Sure. Only offensive weapon they have.

  22. westcoastraider says: Jun 13, 2013 8:44 AM

    Sea-bass… Raider 4 life

  23. philvil41 says: Jun 13, 2013 8:50 AM

    Seabass will acheive these career numbers and win a Super Bowl with the Raiders.Then all the Al Davis bashers can kiss his ass.

  24. jacobknicks says: Jun 13, 2013 9:01 AM

    If you think about it it really is incredible that he has almost as many field goals as extra points (only 23% less field goals than extra points)

  25. joetoronto says: Jun 13, 2013 9:08 AM

    I don’t see why not, his leg is as strong as ever.

  26. bennyb82 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:20 AM

    At least he did not say he would rather kick another 63 yard field goal than 20 field goals at a shorter distance.

  27. enlightenedskeptic says: Jun 13, 2013 9:23 AM

    Seabass!!!!

    *The* Nation loves this guy and he loves *The* Nation. That’s why he wants to stay, haters.

  28. rayguyreturns says: Jun 13, 2013 9:28 AM

    If there were a choice I would rather have him not breaking field goal records because the team was scoring touchdowns instead. One can always hope.

  29. tooz72 says: Jun 13, 2013 9:40 AM

    steagles66 says:
    Jun 13, 2013 6:51 AM
    So I guess his happy with never winning a Super Bowl that’s great

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    that 27-10 still stings, don’t it?..oh wait, you’ve been an Eagles fan since ’99

  30. justintuckrule says: Jun 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    That 2000 draft class might go down as one of the worst in nfl history. Besides urlacher who was taken before him and Brady who nobody thought would be anything, Seabass is one of the top 5 players regardless of position from that draft. They also got lechler from that draft. 13 years of solid kicking from a crap draft was a stroke of genius by Davis. Also, the raiders were already good back then and didn’t need much. You people have short term memories that’s all.

  31. sportnorcal says: Jun 13, 2013 10:10 AM

    T.O. wants to play in Oakland for 7-8 more years, too.

    Or Minnesota. Or Kansas City.
    Hell – even Cleveland or Jacksonville.

  32. jjbadd385 says: Jun 13, 2013 10:30 AM

    Im a Bronco fan and sworn Raider hater, but he is clearly among the best kickers to have ever played. He has my respect certainly .

  33. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Jun 13, 2013 10:31 AM

    Raiders will win a super bowl in 7-8 years I think they will win it next year actually. They will make the playoffs this year, Manning should be worn out by 2014 and Oakland will win the West.
    Oakland quietly hasput together a team this year that are hungry players vets and younger guys. Raiders will surprise people….
    Look out for Tyler Wilson….

  34. JSpicoli says: Jun 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    Stabler goes in or the HOF stays dead to me.

  35. autumnwind999 says: Jun 13, 2013 11:11 AM

    Seabassss!!!!! You’re the man, man.

  36. rubicon202 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:07 PM

    JANO baby!

  37. valarmorghuliss says: Jun 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    Was totally worth that 1st round pick. I know, I’m as shocked as the rest of yas.

  38. jw619 says: Jun 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    Being a Raider fan has been tough as of late but it sure is refreshing to see a player stay with the team who drafted him for his whole career. I wasn’t too sure a out him when he was drafted but he has turned out to be one of the most dependable kickers in history. HOF, probably not if Ray Guy is not in(something against kickers and Raider players).

  39. crybabyrivers says: Jun 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    jano it would be an honor to have you here for another 10 years!

  40. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 13, 2013 1:49 PM

    If Janikowski were to continue playing at his current level for seven or eight more years, he’d have a case to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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    thats funny bec as a NYG fan who has witnessed multiple giants kickers of different teams find unique and exciting ways to lose games off fieldgoals and punts, i thought seabass was a shoe-in for the HOF now.. 8 years it shouldnt even be disputed..

  41. radrntn says: Jun 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    haters will hate all and anything about the raiders, but no doubt seabass is the gamnes greatest kicker ever, even if the league has created “k” balls just because of him.

  42. raqaiw says: Jun 13, 2013 2:10 PM

    justintuckrule says: Jun 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    That 2000 draft class might go down as one of the worst in nfl history. Besides urlacher who was taken before him and Brady who nobody thought would be anything, Seabass is one of the top 5 players regardless of position from that draft. They also got lechler from that draft. 13 years of solid kicking from a crap draft was a stroke of genius by Davis.
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    I think maybe Jamal Lewis,Chris Samuels,Plaxico Buress,Shaun Alexander,John Abraham, and Keith Bulluck (All 2000 1st rounders) would beg to differ with your assessment. Alexander set the rushing TD record before LT broke it and helped Seattle get to a SB,Lewis was a 2K yard RB and won the SB with Baltimore,Plaxico isn’t the sharpest tool but had undeniable skill on the field and won it all in NY. Perhaps your memory is short as well?

  43. justintuckrule says: Jun 13, 2013 2:33 PM

    @raqaiw – most of those players were off the board before the Raiders picked Janikowski.

  44. raqaiw says: Jun 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    @justintuckrule – True,but to say 2000 was one of the worst drafts in history is a bit of hyperbole IMO. A lot of good players in that draft,including Arrington who got hurt playing for the Slurskins.

  45. raydahhs75 says: Jun 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    If a guy is 35 years old, and still has the strongest leg in the league (only recently have a couple of guys emerged who could challenge that), there really isn’t a precedent by which to judge how long he can be effective for.
    If he stays healthy, and continues his training regimen of the last few years, there is no reason why he can’t be an effective kicker for at least 10 more years. Seriously.

  46. raiderapologist says: Jun 13, 2013 8:03 PM

    chargersdiehard says: Jun 13, 2013 8:41 AM

    Thats about how long it will be before they have a winning season.
    ————–
    As a Charger fan, a winning season is the best you’ve ever done. And even then, it’s not really a winning season if you don’t win the last one.

    Charger fans have such low expectations.

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