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Ryan Longwell retiring with Packers

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Placekicker Ryan Longwell will retire with the Packers, the club said on Monday.

Longwell, 38, had a brief stint with Seattle in 2012, hitting four extra points in the divisional-round loss at Atlanta after Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury.

Longwell connected on 361-of-434 field goals (83.2 percent) in his NFL career, which began as an undrafted free agent with San Francisco in 1997. After the 49ers waived him, he landed with the Packers, and he would go on to be their kicker for the next nine seasons, scoring more points than any other player (1,054) in franchise history.

From 2006 through 2011, Longwell kicked for the Vikings, connecting on better than 83 percent of his field goals in 5-of-6 seasons with the club.

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  1. schmokes says: Aug 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    So odd that a Vikings player would prefer to retire as a packer. That’s what happens when a lesser team takes the leftovers.

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 12, 2013 6:12 PM

    The best kicker in Packers history played even better after he joined the Vikings.

  3. ricestillfumbled says: Aug 12, 2013 6:16 PM

    Can’t he be active with the packers instead of retired with the packers?

  4. twonis says: Aug 12, 2013 6:17 PM

    Any chance he could step in and take over for the 2013 season before retiring? He may be old but he’d sure be better than what’s going on in Green Bay right now.

    Any other Scandinavian Youtube stars left, perhaps?

  5. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 6:22 PM

    Of course he is. Why would he retire with a difference, losing club?

  6. unbiasfan says: Aug 12, 2013 6:24 PM

    A 80 year old Ryan Longwell in a wheelchair is still a better kicker than Mason Crosby…

  7. stellarperformance says: Aug 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    Curious. After being spurned….why would he do this?

  8. jimmysee says: Aug 12, 2013 6:27 PM

    If he kicked better for the Vikings than the Packers it’s because of that barn that’s the home field up in Minnesota.

  9. j972 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:27 PM

    He insulted Packer fans and the city of Green Bay on his way out the door. He doesn’t deserve the honor.

  10. danoj14 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:33 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:27 PM
    If he kicked better for the Vikings than the Packers it’s because of that barn that’s the home field up in Minnesota.
    —————————————————

    It’s not an “if”…and your point?

  11. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    I guess it was his fondest desire to retire as a Packer!

  12. sndmn331 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:37 PM

    I think he’ll be surprised when he comes to town. We have an Olive Garden to go with our Applebees now.

  13. wafflestomp says: Aug 12, 2013 6:38 PM

    Not very surprising.

  14. firestarter0728 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:40 PM

    Can’t blame him for this. Usually ex-Packers find out that the Astroturf is *not* greener on the other side, and they begin to wish they were still playing in the championship atmosphere of Titletown. Jennings and Bishop will learn soon enough.

  15. furnhole says: Aug 12, 2013 6:43 PM

    One of the most under appreciated positions in the NFL. He’s one of the best.

  16. unknownlegend711 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    Let’s all pitch in for an Applebee’s gift certificate for him.

  17. gbmickey says: Aug 12, 2013 6:46 PM

    Kind of funny he was spurned by the Packers yet he wants to be remembered as one. I guess thats what happens when you have a choice between a storied winning franchise and one that noticed for the Super Bowl futility.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Aug 12, 2013 6:53 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:12 PM
    The best kicker in Packers history played even better after he joined the Vikings.
    __________________

    That’s what happens when you’re concerned about leg strength, you get out of the elements, and as far as a business move it was great for him, he got to extend his career by quite a bit.

  19. hrmlss says: Aug 12, 2013 6:54 PM

    He will then sign and retire as a viking….

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:54 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:25 PM
    Curious. After being spurned….why would he do this?

    ********************************************

    Would you want to retire with the hapless, tasteless Vikings?

    I didn’t think so.

  21. dean112263 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:55 PM

    No, don’t hold it in the press room, have the retirement announced AT Applebee’s! Plus get him an Applebee’s jacket with his name on it, just to top it off.

  22. jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:58 PM

    But….but….. all the Vikings trolls on PFT claim Packers players just can’t wait to come to Minnesota!!! They couldn’t possibly be lying, could they???

  23. onbucky96 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:59 PM

    Benedict Longwell coming home? Have the restaurants in Green Bay improved since he left? What a tool.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 6:59 PM

    His Viking tenure may be best remembered for the field goal he didn’t get to attempt.

    Thanks Bert!

  25. nagasakee says: Aug 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    Amazing the Packers fan that want to use this as a club to back the Minnesota Vikings. Can’t we just be grateful we saw Longwell play, and play well for both teams? He was a class act, why can’t we be?

  26. nagasakee says: Aug 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    Amazing the Packers fan that want to use this as a club to bash the Minnesota Vikings. Can’t we just be grateful we saw Longwell play, and play well for both teams? He was a class act, why can’t we be?

  27. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 12, 2013 7:04 PM

    That’s a strange conversation in GB.

    Longwell: “Yeah, I played my last game for the Seattle Seahawks.”

    All Packers fans: “Don’t ever mention that again.”

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    I heard a rumor that Adrian Peterson wants to retire with the Packers too, even if he isn’t fortunate enough to play for the team.

    Sounds reasonably plausible.

  29. judsonjr says: Aug 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    The weirdest thing about Longwell is that he had a distance problem in Green Bay, so much so that he was called “shortwell”. Holmgren was reluctant to use him over 50, and his kickoffs lacked distance.

    Then when he went to the Vikings, he got much better at longer FG. His kickoffs were still a bit lacking, but better than they were at GB.

    So credit to him for improving his game mid-career. Also while lack of distance stinks, if you have a guy that’s reliable from a known range, that’s worth it’s weight in gold. Yeah it stinks if you need a 55+ to win a game, but those are far from guaranteed at that range, even if the guy has the leg.

  30. packergalmke says: Aug 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    I guess Longwell was “brain-washed.” Glad to have you back home, Ryan!

  31. twonis says: Aug 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:12 PM
    The best kicker in Packers history played even better after he joined the Vikings.

    ***************************************

    Best kicker in Packers history? Two words for you, Chief: Chris Jacke.

  32. purplepillager says: Aug 12, 2013 7:46 PM

    During his time with the Vikings, Longwell did a great job and we thank him for it. But let’s face it, he’s a kicker. He has no future in MN. He never played a prominent role on the Vikings nor did he become a member of our media. He probably thinks that if he retires with the Packers then someone in WI might give him a job. I highly doubt it’s about retiring with a “storied” franchise. Good luck to you, Ryan!

  33. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    They might want to see if he will do Favre and un-retire and kick for them in 2013. Of course, I’d rather have Mason Crosby kick for the Packers than Longwell.

  34. countyk66ers says: Aug 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    Favorite kicker in franchise history was Paul Hornung

  35. glennsyank13 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:10 PM

    Must have been brainwashed.

  36. gtodriver says: Aug 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    twonis says:

    Best kicker in Packers history? Two words for you, Chief: Chris Jacke.
    _________________________

    ???

    Jacke trails Longwell by 53 FG’s.

    Funny how Packer fans don’t even know their own teams (and players) history.

    Crosby (in 30 fewer games) is closer to Jacke than Jacke is to Longwell…

  37. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:15 PM

    Obviously Longwell got tired of the rancid stench of losing, and has had enough of the hapless, tasteless Vikings.

    Congratulations on your retirement Mr. Longwell, and for knowing what color jersey will elevate your legacy. Hopefully history will forget your stint with that forgotten purple franchise.

  38. arnoldziffel says: Aug 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    In the end, they all wanna come home. And who can blame em?

    There’s no place like Lambeau, and playing for the Green & Gold – a tradition like no other.

    Remember, we cut him because his outdoor kicks weren’t getting any longer – but he found new life in the climate controlled confines of cozy Gas Bag Stadium … at least, until the roof caved in.

    And like other former Packers … they paid him a pretty chunk of change just to do it.

    Welcome home, son …

  39. jbarr1 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Never liked or trusted Him. Started when he missed a chip shot the second game of the season against Philly that would have won the game.

  40. francheyes says: Aug 12, 2013 8:30 PM

    Ah, Filthy and Tokyo. …poster-children for the up and coming ignorant generation

  41. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    Its a good thing they have a “storied” franchise in GB. Imagine life in that state if you had absolutely nothing to look forward to?

  42. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:40 PM

    Definitely one of the most reliable kickers of all time.

  43. doner80 says: Aug 12, 2013 8:49 PM

    This guy could be the best left tackle on peckers hahaha

  44. tinbender2000 says: Aug 12, 2013 9:05 PM

    Seems like yesterday he was kicking for a high school just down the road. Damn this getting old stuff’s getting old :)

  45. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    filthy you are the reason I cant stand packer fans, and adrian will not cross over and join packers. He will stay on as a viking.

  46. GenXJay says: Aug 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    Longwell, you were an excellent Viking. And a stand-up individual. Enjoy retirement.

  47. rextraordinaire says: Aug 12, 2013 10:10 PM

    Don’t count him out yet. He could still come back as a starter at middle linebacker

  48. thekoobeyak says: Aug 12, 2013 11:05 PM

    Celebrate at Applebees after the ceremony? Only “The best restaurant in town” for you buddy!

  49. gbmickey says: Aug 13, 2013 12:08 AM

    Cornhole why imagine? All one would have to do is just cross the border into Minnesota and live it for real.

  50. jdhein22 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:33 AM

    Upon signing with the Vikings, he was asked by a Twin Cities reporter what he was looking forward to with his move to Minneapolis. Tongue in cheek, he responded by saying he and wife Sarah were excited about the big-city restaurants they’d have at their disposal, joking about how many times they’d eaten at the Applebee’s on Oneida Street.

    “The truth was, Sarah and I had eaten at Applebee’s three or four nights a week,” Longwell said earlier this week in a telephone interview. “The waiters all knew us because we were there all the time.”

    A writer back in Green Bay caught wind of it and reacted with a critical column about Longwell, who ended up receiving the restaurant section of the Green Bay Yellow Pages in the mail – along with a nasty note – not long afterward.

  51. axespray says: Aug 13, 2013 2:28 AM

    Ryan probably figured he’d jump on the backlash grenade first – to clear a path for Favre so he won’t get booed or whatever, test the waters of coming back and retiring after playing with the vikes. idk.

  52. stellarperformance says: Aug 13, 2013 6:50 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 12, 2013 6:12 PM
    The best kicker in Packers history played even better after he joined the Vikings.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    If true, it’s because it’s easier to play indoors. A lot of kickers leave one team and sign up with indoor teams. It’s called “extending your career.” It’s not a new concept. Many players prefer things to be soft and cushy, as do their fans.

  53. gtodriver says: Aug 13, 2013 7:17 AM

    arnoldziffel says:

    Remember, we cut him because his outdoor kicks weren’t getting any longer – but he found new life in the climate controlled confines of cozy Gas Bag Stadium …
    ______________________

    Sure….

    Longwell’s longest FG of his career was with the Vikings – a 55 yarder to beat the Bears in Chicago.

    No one in a Packer uniform has ever kicked one that far – indoors or out.

  54. purpleguy says: Aug 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    He should retire as a Packer — that’s where he started and played the most. How is this even remotely a controversial issue or a jab at the Vikings? Oh yeah, cheesers need something to pound their collective belly’s over.

  55. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    GTO, does Crosby’s 58 trader in 2011 not count?

    Oh, fact free gibberish from you as usual.

  56. teamnorsecore says: Aug 13, 2013 5:31 PM

    Since Pack fans can’t do the math….Longwell played 9 seasons with your squad and only 6 with the Vikings….hence retiring a Packer. He should sign a 1 year deal today…..better than any kicker you currently have on the roster……right?

  57. vltrophy14 says: Aug 13, 2013 9:09 PM

    I will gladly accept him back to retire as a Packer. But Jennings can forget about retiring as a Packer. I don’t want his BS apology. We welcome u back Longwell. Hated to see u go

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