Harrison Butker: A ton of kickers can kick a 65-yard field goal, just need a chance

Getty Images

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker got some attention this offseason when he posted a video of himself kicking a 77-yard field goal on an empty practice field. In a game, however, Butker has never even come within 20 yards of that.

But Butker says that a 65-yard field goal is very doable. He said he and a lot of other NFL kickers can make one in game conditions from 65 yards or farther, as long as they’re given the opportunity.

“In terms of the NFL record, there are a ton of kickers that have the leg to make a field goal . . . in a game situation,” Butker said, via ESPN. “It’s just, does the coach want to put the kicker out there, because if he misses, now the other team gets the ball with great field position? So you kind of have to get set up with end-of-half, end-of-game situations. I don’t think we’ve had that situation where it would have been that long of a field goal. But I think definitely when it’s warm out, I’d be prepared to make that kick. I feel super comfortable kicking from distance. Obviously, we’re not going to be kicking field goals from [77 yards] most likely in a game, but it’s going to help me a lot when it’s a 55-yarder, wind’s in your face in January and February. That’s what I’m training for, to be able to make those kicks.”

The current NFL record of 64 yards was set by Matt Prater in Denver in 2013. Other kickers would surely be able to break that record, but many of them have never been given the opportunity to attempt a 65-yard field goal. And to paraphrase Michael Scott quoting Wayne Gretzky, you miss 100 percent of the field goals you don’t attempt.

11 responses to “Harrison Butker: A ton of kickers can kick a 65-yard field goal, just need a chance

  1. The Chiefs straight up stole Harrison Butker off of the Panthers practice squad. Now he is one of the best in the league.

  2. There are two tons of kickers who can’t make extra points. Also,I think he’s forgotten about the trajectory required for longer kicks. There are players trying to block it you know.

  3. I cant name 2 who could kick 65 yarders, and I dont think we will see any do it to prove my wrong either.

  4. The trajectory is what stops this on game day. The blocking teams all know this and their setup is different with stacking the interior with big/tall bodies on long FG’s.

  5. NFL teams don’t want guys that can make 65 yard field goals…even 50% of the time. Sure it would be nice but what they want is that kicker that makes 45 yard field goals 80% and 35 yarders 90% of the time. All those guys that can kick the long one often don’t have the consistency teams are looking for.

  6. i saw my lil nephew hit one from 60 yards off a tee its not that hard its just psychological and consistency

  7. Game location is a factor that needs to be included for distance. Odds improve with altitude due to aur density. Denver is the location for almost all the top 5 distance records during games.
    His kick being made from near sea level makes Tom Dempsey’s long standing 63 yd record all the more remarkable, in addition to his handicap.

  8. Kicking a FG against no rush doesn’t impress me just as a QB throwing with no pass rush to receivers with no one covering them at the Combine or their Pro Days doesn’t either!

  9. Riddle me this Batman, if there are so many of these kickers out there, why the hell have none of them found their way to Minnesota? You make it sound like there is a hush hush secret excess, but for some reason the Vikings haven’t had a decent kicker for years and years. If there is a secret hidden stash of offensive linemen somewhere you may want to give Zim a call because he can’t seem to find any of those either to save his life.

  10. A ton of people can kick a 65 yard field goal, thats a fact.

    But how many people can CONSISTENTLY kick a 48 yard field goal?
    Consistency, under pressure, is huge in sports.

    The difference between a pro and a guy on the couch is what, 5% better accuracy? 10%?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.