Usually, many people underrate kickers and punters when it comes to football positions. However, the 2018 postseason surely proved all of them wrong, just ask any Bears fan.
Kickers and punters may be on the field for five or six plays each game, but that does not mean that they don't have an essential role in the outcome of the game. A punter could shift the whole defensive tide with one precisely placed punt.
With that in mind, let’s have a look at the best NFL Kickers and Punters of all time.
Our Punters list:
3. Jeff Feagles
Jeff Feagles stayed in the NFL for 22 seasons and is now known as the most durable punter in the history of the league. Signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots. During his career, he also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Seattle Seahawks. The last team he played for was the New York Giants- 2003- 2009.
Feagles is definitely an impressive puter for in his 22 seasons career he never missed a single game.
Consistency and perseverance are essential when it comes to sports, and Feagles proves that as he holds the record for most consecutive games played in a career in NFL. The only two other players who have played in more games than Feagles are Gary Anderson and Morten Andersen.
2. Sean Landeta
Landeta started playing football at the age of nine, so it is no surprise that he is considered to be one of the best punters in NFL history. Not only did he play 22 seasons in the NFL, but he was also part of the United States Football League. Actually, he was the last active NFL player to punt for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the three seasons of the United States Football League in the 1980s.
Almost half of his career, Landeta was part of the New York Giants, winning two championship rings in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. During his career, he also played for the Rams, Packers, Buccaneers, and Eagles.
Some of his career highlights include setting a record for the shortest punt in NFL history- 7 yards, and being the first punter in league’s history to average more than fifty yards per punt in a single game in 3 decades. His awards and honors are numerous, and in 2010 he also became eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1. Andrew Paul Lee
Andrew Paul Lee, or Andy Lee, started his professional football career playing for the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004 he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and became part of the NFL. He played nine seasons with the 49ers, and even during his rookie season, Lee's 81-yarder was NFL’s longest punt of the year and the fourth longest one in the history of the team. During his second year with the team, he set a record with his ratio of touchbacks-to-punts, topping the one Joe Prokop had done in 1991.
Later on, he played for the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers, but he is currently part of the Arizona Cardinals. Even though Andy Lee met a lot of difficulties during the years, such as losing his daughter, pulling his hamstring, and more, the American football star never gave up and continues to prove that he deserves his spot in our list of punters. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and named First-team All-Pro 3 times.
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3. Jason Hanson
When we talk about NFL record, Jason Hanson is one of the names that pops up first. The most interesting record he is known for is the one for the most seasons played with one team. Signed by the Detroit Lions in 1992, Hanson spent 21 seasons with that team.
As we said, this is the most interesting, but surely not the most impressive record the famous American placekicker set. Jason also holds the number one position in terms of most field goals of 40 or more yards, most consecutive field goals of 40 or more yards, most career points with one NFL team, and more.
In the fall of 2013, a couple of months after he had announced his retirement, the Detroit Lions introduced him into the Ring of Honour for his dedication and many achievements during his time with them.
2. Matt Stover
Prior to his NFL career, John Matthew “Matt” Stover attended Louisiana Tech University, and we bet that nowadays there isn’t a single student there who hasn’t heard his name. He left the university with 262 total points and 7 field goals of 50 yards or more. During his college years, Stover set the NCAA record and is still currently holding it, for most punts in a single game. Yes, he is in our list of kickers, but he was also a great punter back in the days.
In 1990 Stover was signed by the New York Giants, but a year later he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. During his time in the NFL, he also played for the Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts. Most of his career he spent with the Ravens, playing fifteen seasons with them and winning numerous honors and awards.
Nowadays, he is considered to be the third most accurate kicker to have ever played in the NFL.
1. Jason Elam
The fact that Jason Elam majored in communications at the University of Hawaii should not confuse you. He was not only very smart but also super athletic. In the four years, he was a placekicker for the university's team, he scored the third-most points in the history of NCAA.
Before he entered the NFL, playing for the Denver Broncos in 1993 he had already set a couple of records and won many honors. After playing 15 seasons for the Broncos, Elam spent two more with the Atlanta Falcons.
During his NFL time, Jason Elam not only won two Super Bowl rings but was also selected for the Pro Bowl three times. Until 2013, the American placekicker was also tied with David Akers, Tom Dempsey, and Sebastian Janikowski for the longest field goal in the history of the NFL.