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.

57 responses to “Ryan Longwell retiring with Packers

  1. 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?

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

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

  4. 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.
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    It’s not an “if”…and your point?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.
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    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.

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

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

    I didn’t think so.

  9. 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.

  10. 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???

  11. 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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. twonis says:

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

    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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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 …

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.
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    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.

  28. 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 …
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    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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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?

  31. 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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