- 09/24/2013, 12:19AM ET
HOOTZ said 09/24, 12:19 AM
For anyone willing to take a shot at this TD it's very simple. All you're looking for are three very memorable NFL field goal kickers. But, there must be something unique about them that set them apart from all other FG kickers.
The criteria I'm looking for is very flexible. If you can think of something that made one kicker stand out more than another (other than stat crunching) please begin to enter your top 3 choices one argument at a time.
I'm going to start the debate with one of the most obvious of all unique kickers. Therefore, I'm not making a list. You can debate any other kicker that comes to mind and then I get the next choice in my second argument and so on. Just have some fun with it.
My top choice for most unique FG kicker is:
Many people remember Dempsey's 63 yard field goal against the Detroit Lions in November of 1970. I was watching the NY Giants game that Sunday and I remember the news breaking highlights coming out of New Orleans.
What sets Dempsey apart from all other kickers is that he was born with no toes on his right foot and he wore a special shoe that was flat at the toes. Literally a kicker without toes!
PCH said 09/24, 04:58 AM
going new school, Sebastian Janikowski.
the golden boot, from Poland.
The guy seriously does have the golden boot, look at this,"Longest attempted field goal: 76 yards", wiki.
That's in a game, folks! "On September 28, Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers into the heavy wind right before halftime. This is presumed to be the longest attempt in NFL history; though the league keeps no such records on attempts, the longest known attempt previous to this was a 74-yard fair catch kick by Mark Moseley in 1979."~Wiki
Like Dempsey, Janikowski's hit a 63 yarder, two to be exact. Janikowski, while being on the some lonely Raider teams in his career, HAS, kicked a field in a SuperBowl. (2002)
The Polish Cannon...Man.. How will I ever forget the beer drinking, bar fighting, Polish, field goal kicker from FSU, who has the most powerful leg in the business. This guy's the equivalent in football, to John Daly in golf.
HOOTZ said 09/24, 11:21 PM
Good choice Peach. Janikowski's powerful leg is indisputable. According to SI writer Tim Layden, Janikowski kicked an 82 yard field goal during practice while still playing for Seabreeze High School.
Going back to Dempsey for a second, he also kicked the 'shortest' field goal in NFL history on the same day he kicked the record longest. Less memorable is his 8 yard chip shot.
My second choice is a kicker who pioneered a kicking fashion while still in college at Texas A&M:
Franklin kicked the third longest FG in college history with a 65 YDer in a win vs Baylor in October of 1976.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979 and later on traded to the NE Patriots in 1984, Franklin became the first of a handful of players to ever place kick barefoot! He's the only kicker in Super Bowl History to Kick a barefooted FG.
The NFL Rule Book requires a player to be wearing at least 2 pair of socks to kick a field goal. Franklin used to cut off the bottoms of his socks, leaving the top bands still in place in order to comply with the league rule.
Can you imagine kicking barefoot in Philadelphia in December?
PCH said 09/25, 12:41 AM
Yeah, well how about this...
He is the ONLY NFL kicker ever to win the NFL MVP award.
That's trippy, mayne.
Don't know much about old dude, and I'm not about to start bullchittin yah, but that feat of winning MVP, will NEVER, be done again!
Take that to the bank! $$$$
HOOTZ said 09/25, 08:13 PM
Moseley won the 'Associated Press' MVP in the 9 game strike shortened 1982 Season. I must point out however, that Lou 'The Toe' Groza won The Sporting News MVP Award in 1954.
The Sporting news was the only publication declaring the MVP back then. Conceivably, Moslely isn't the only kicker to ever have won an NFL MVP.
My 3rd and final choice is actually two different players unique to each other:
Peter and Charlie Gogolak
Brothers, born in Hungary and emigrated to the US during their childhood. Both went on to attend prestigious colleges. Both went on to become kicking sensations on the grid iron. and they both landed in the NFL...In the same season, 1966.
The soccer style field goal kick was born. They both used it. Today, all kickers use it.
Charlie was the first ever NFL kicker to be drafted in the 1st round, signing with the Redskins.
Peter played his first two seasons of professional ball with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL before jumping ship and joining the NY Giants of the NFL. This led to the talent wars between the NFL and AFL, which ultimately forced the merger of the two leagues.
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