Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record for 50-yard field goals

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Sebastian Janikowski has one of the strongest legs in NFL history, and that leg has just earned a spot in the NFL record book.

Janikowski’s 50-yard field goal in last night’s win over the Chargers was the 52nd field goal of 50 yards or longer in his career. That ties the NFL record, set by former Lions kicker Jason Hanson. Janikowski is 52-for-92 in his career on field goals of 50 or more yards.

It’s particularly impressive that Janikowski has managed to tie this record while playing in Oakland, on a field that doubles as a baseball diamond and often has bad footing. Many of the NFL’s kicking records are owned by kickers who spent most of their careers in the more comfortable confines of a dome.

Janikowski’s overtime field goal, which gave the Raiders their final points in a 23-20 win, was the 384th field goal of his career, moving him ahead of Nick Lowery for the 10th most field goals in NFL history. On a night that was mostly about celebrating Charles Woodson, the 37-year-old Janikowski showed that he too is a great Raider.

25 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski ties NFL record for 50-yard field goals

  1. It is truly amazing to think of how long this guy has been kicking for one team. I still remember being stunned that he was picked in the 1st round. I guess the Raiders actually knew what they were doing in 2000.

  2. This guy was money right from the start – a rare kicker/1st round draft pick

    But worth it

    Poor guy – imagine if he’d played for a decent team for once in his career?

  3. Everyone mocked the raiders for taking him in rd 1 but, looking back now, he was one of the seven best players taken in that entire draft (tops turns out to be some Brady guy)

    Other notable tidbits… In pure taco drafting form, they also took Shane lechler in rd 5. Turned out alright. If you can guarantee a 15+ stud pk and 10yr stud p, I’d take them in those tds too.

    Bonus Christmas nugget. Some dude Leif olve donolen Larsen was taken 5 spots before Brady.

    Bonus Kwanzaa nugget. SJ was the best player left in rd 1. Unless you consider Chad Pennington better.

    Well done raiders. You sure knew how to draft 20 years ago.

  4. He is a future Hall of Famer. You need to put him in it. This guy is tied with longest kick ever, he has been in NFL since forever..
    Only 2 kickers I believe BELONG in HOF (besides Ray Guy different) in this generation..
    Adam Vintarie
    Sebsastian Janikowski

  5. Just Win Baby! Hats off to the legendary Al Davis for bucking the trend, once again, and picking a kicker in the first round. He turned heads when he drafted HOF punter Ray Guy in the first round. Al sure did it his way.

  6. j0esixpack says:
    Dec 25, 2015 7:55 AM

    This guy was money right from the start – a rare kicker/1st round draft pick

    But worth it

    Poor guy – imagine if he’d played for a decent team for once in his career?
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    He played on some excellent Raiders teams, but punks like you wouldn’t know.

  7. j0esixpack says:
    Dec 25, 2015 7:55 AM

    This guy was money right from the start – a rare kicker/1st round draft pick

    But worth it

    Poor guy – imagine if he’d played for a decent team for once in his career?
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    Oakland won 33 games his first three years, and made the playoffs each of those seasons.

  8. 1st round pick was highly four but the Chiefs were rumoured to draft him in round 2. Plus the raiders lost a lot of games in ’99 due to poor kicking

    Grabbed they could have drafted Shawn Alwxander but they had the top rushing attack in 2000. So wasn’t a need

    A few hiccups along the way but Jano overall has been great

  9. Kudos to Jano for growing up and settling down once he got to the NFL. He grew into the kicker he could be—the strongest leg we have seen.

    At his combine they were saying the sound of his kicks was something no one had heard. He was a FSU wild child and famous for partying. The partying went away and he became MONEY.

    Inside 55 yards you only have to see if it is online, no matter the wind direction. He is never short.

    I wish he had more chances at the record when he was younger and stronger. He could have made a 70 yarder in the right conditions.

  10. Raiders haven’t had a winning season in 13 years. They’ve only had 3 winning seasons in the last 21 years. The Broncos have won 16 of the last 21 games in Oakland. Then their only coach who actually won was let go in 2002, only to beat them the next year in the SB. As they prepare to leave Oakland (again), their 2nd stint there was really nothing but crap. Sorry Oakland. You’re also losing the Warriors and possibly the A’s. Let the good times roll…

  11. Sea Bass had such a rocky off the field start to his career, I couldn’t imagine the Polish Cannon lasting 3 seasons. Hey, he settled down and got it done. He will be lucky to end up in the top 5 all time field goals made (he needs 94, so he would need 5 more seasons – he’s 37, so…we will see).

    But when talking about HOF for a K, you must start with Morten Andersen. Dude has 181 more FG made than #11.

  12. Say what you want about Sea Bass and being a #1 Pick by Al Davis-he was worth it. When Al Davis passed away, Jerry Jones officially took over being the worst drafter in the league, and GM. The Raiders roster will blossom for years to come because Reggie learned from the best-Ron Wolf. Go Raiders!!!!!

  13. Only a Raiders fan would indignantly point out that the team had three decent years out of 15 to refute the idea that Seabass has mostly played on lousy teams.

    Shoot for the stars, land on the moon is the official slogan of Raider fans, I guess.

  14. Adam Vinatieri made the game tying kick in the snow bowl divisional playoff loss in New England-a wobbler that snuck over the cross bar. Many forget that Janikowski made the same kick 15 minutes earlier (and it would have been good from 60).

    He has been the best kicker of this millennia and maybe all time.

  15. What a shame he had to squander the last 15 years of his career with an irrelevant team like Oakland. With his talent, just think of what he could have done with even an average team?!

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Dec 25, 2015 11:49 AM

    Only a Raiders fan would indignantly point out that the team had three decent years out of 15 to refute the idea that Seabass has mostly played on lousy teams.
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    Not indignant. Just pointing out a fact.

  17. nfllaw1 says:
    Dec 25, 2015 4:44 PM

    Sebastian tied Hanson’s record in 16 years. It took Hanson 21 years to make 52 field goals over 50 yards.

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    Look at the crap teams Hanson had to play for in those 21 years!

  18. It is a shame his talents have been called upon so often. Still, he is a great Raider. GO RAIDERS!!

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