Sebastian Janikowski retires from the NFL

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Kicker Sebastian Janikowski‘s long run in the NFL has come to an end.

Janikowski is retiring from the NFL 19 years after he was drafted in the first round by the Raiders. He spent the next 18 seasons with the team and closed out his career with the Seahawks in 2018.

“It was a good run. I still think of the Super Bowl — it still hurts,” Janikowski said, via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Janikowski makes reference to Super Bowl XXXVII, which the Raiders lost 48-21 to the Buccaneers in San Diego after the 2002 season. It was one of nine career playoff games for Janikowski, including last year’s Seattle loss to Dallas which saw Janikowski leave early due to a thigh injury.

Janikowski was 436-of-542 on field goals and 605-of-614 on extra points over the course of his career. The 436 made field goals tie Janikowski with Jason Elam for ninth in NFL history and will go along with his status as the last kicker drafted in the first round, his booming leg and bulky physique as reasons why he’ll be long remembered by those who saw him play.

44 responses to “Sebastian Janikowski retires from the NFL

  1. How can Raider fans call home great than say it was a badge pck by Al and a reach? He was a great kicker. Your 4th round pick this year was the reach. Actually all three 1st round picks where reached?

  2. Great Raider. Someone still needs to explain how picking a guy that consistently scored/won games for you for 18 years is a stupid first round pick. If Belichick makes the same move, it’s considered genius. It’s not like Davis drafted kickers and punters every year. Get it right, you don’t have to do it again for a decade+.

  3. He hit on my (ex) girlfriend once and slipped her his cell phone number.

    She gave it to me and I prank called him at all hours incessantly for over a year.

  4. Sebastian Janikowski is the Oakland Raiders career leader in points scored with 1,799.

    That says it all. I wish he could have retired Silver & Black. Good on ya, Seabass.

    ‘Nation. \m/

  5. The polish powder keg Congrats on a hell of a career. Now only tom brady stands from the 2000 draft class simply amazing!

  6. Great kicker, and, maybe, a borderline Hall Of Famer (although kickers are longshots).
    Still, I will always remember Janikowski from a story one of his ex-teammates told me in person. One of Jano’s rare missed games due to “injury” came after he pierced his little Sebastian and it got infected! It wasn’t on the injury report that way, of course!

  7. The year before they drafted him, as I recall, the Raiders lost an unusual number of games, like 7 or 8, by 3 points or less, or some crazy statistic like that, which drove Al Davis to pick him in the first round. or so the story goes, I’m sure someone can look that up, I’m too busy reading and posting on PFT

  8. kd75 says:
    April 28, 2019 at 5:58 pm
    He hit on my (ex) girlfriend once and slipped her his cell phone number. She gave it to me and I prank called him at all hours incessantly for over a year.
    ———————–
    Gee what an evil monster he was for asking your girl out and handing her his phone number! I’ve never heard of such antisocial behavior. But you saved humanity for us, thank you dude.

  9. I am a life long Raider fan and liked Seabass. But, calling him great is ridiculous. How many gimme field goals did he miss and clank off the uprights? First one that comes to mind is the game in Arizona several years ago. End of regulation and a chip shot that he pushes. How FG % is average at best so not sure where his “greatness” comes from. For all the hype, he should have had touchbacks on every kickoff. His tackling efforts were funny however!!!

  10. Very surprised a special teams player was picked in the first round. Not sure how history will view him. If there’s any special team player that should be in the HOF it’s Buffalo’s Steve Tasker.

  11. Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life. I watched him miss a ton of important kicks over the years. He lasted a while though.

  12. The reason why Al Davis is in the HOF is that he recognized talent and in the case of Janikowski Al drafted a 19 year NFL player. How many 19 year players are drafted? Few.

  13. Hey Carlos……the problem with your comment: the Seahawks already signed/obtained their place kicker and more importantly, the draft ended yesterday.

  14. Nothing but respect for the man . Only one year as a Seahawk ; should forever be remembered as a Raider legend . As for the younglings that don’t remember all the games he won for the Silver and Black , including against the Seahawks – go watch some tape .

    .. wish you could’ve gotten in the way of that return for us , but best wishes for a Hall of Famer .

  15. blackqbwhiterb says:
    April 28, 2019 at 6:50 pm
    The year before they drafted him, as I recall, the Raiders lost an unusual number of games, like 7 or 8, by 3 points or less, or some crazy statistic like that, which drove Al Davis to pick him in the first round. or so the story goes, I’m sure someone can look that up, I’m too busy reading and posting on PFT

    Close. Joe Nedney was a good kicker that got hurt trying to make a tackle, and all the missed field goals cost them a playoff spot. Along with Devin Hester, probably the most important special teams player the last 20 years.

    Janikowski/Lechler were solid for over a decade.

  16. Yea, would be really low-class if the Raiders didn’t sign him to a one-day deal as a proper send off.

  17. The Raiders should sign him to a contract and let him make a field goal to close it out right, even if it’s preseason. He was in a bit of a tail-spin toward the end of the year with the hawks

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