Justin Tucker’s 66-yard kick adds to his Hall of Fame credentials
- Tucker’s kick topped Matt Prater’s previous record of 64, set in 2013 yards set in 2013 by
- Only two pure kickers are in HOF Pro Football: Jan Stenerud and Morten Andersen
- Longhorns don’t look past TCU
- It’s time for the Steelers to overtake Big Ben
The kicker is the second least represented position in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, but voters were warned on Sunday.
Make way for Justin Tucker.
Ten years after the Westlake graduate shut down Kyle Field with a 2011 game winner to give Texas a victory over Texas A&M, Tucker entered the NFL record books with a 66-yard mic drop to give his Baltimore Ravens a 19-17 defeat the Detroit Lions.
He beat the previous 64-yard best, set by Matt Prater in the air in Denver in 2013. Prater’s kick came late in the first half against Tennessee. Tucker returned with the game in play.
His boot bounced off the crossbar and tucked into the net, giving the Ravens the victory and instantly propelling the most accurate kicker in league history into an even greater stratosphere.
Tucker took a step back to give the record a little more oomph.
“This is something that I have started to do over the past year,” he told reporters. “As I become more and more of a dinosaur in this league at 31, I have to do everything I can to make the ball go a little further.”
If ever a kicker could be considered at the box office, it is the one who sings the opera in his spare time.
Only two pure kickers reside in the Hall. Jan Stenerud played 19 seasons and was inducted in 1991, and Morten Andersen played 25 and was inducted in 2017. Adam Vinatieri, who won four Super Bowls – three with New England and one with Indianapolis – will be eligible in 2025.
Tucker will probably still be strong at the time but will one day take his rightful place in Canton as he ticks every box.
He converted 90.6% of his attempts and 97% of his extra points in over nine seasons. He made 44 of 62 attempts at 50 yards and beyond (71%) and despite playing most of his games at an outdoor stadium in Baltimore. He’s also been a three-time All-Pro First Team with a Super Bowl ring in his trophy case.
“Kudos to my former high school student in Westlake,” said NBC studio analyst Drew Brees at halftime of the Sunday night contest between Green Bay and San Francisco.
Tucker made a five-minute running video at DKR for the scouts ahead of the 2012 draft that included 10 straight goals scored in windy conditions. Speaking of the weather, Tucker’s astonishing accuracy came despite playing 135 of his 147 career away games, compared to 249 of Andersen’s 382 career indoor games. Even with the weather disadvantage, his accuracy easily exceeds that of Andersen, who has made 79.7% of his career attempts.
Tucker is linked with Canton and could be joined by Mason Crosby of Green Bay, a Georgetown High graduate who also deserves a mention for kicking 51 yards to beat the 49ers on Sunday night.
Crosby has been formidable over a long career – 81.9% accuracy – and also owns a Super Bowl ring.
Who knows, we might see central Texas kick the royalty by playing in a Super Bowl in February.
Angry TCU Horned Frogs await Longhorns
The SMU Mustangs did Texas a disservice with a victory over TCU in the 100th meeting in the battle for the Iron Skillet.
The Ponies ran for 350 yards in the 42-34 road victory on Saturday, days after wide receiver Rashee Rice said the Frogs were “scared of playing us” last season. Worse yet, SMU cornerback Brandon Crossley sparked a brief scuffle in midfield when he attempted to place his team’s flag over the TCU logo.
SMU gave TCU coach Gary Patterson all the motivation he needs to get the Frogs ready to defend their home turf against the Longhorns on Saturday.
After the Horns are spanked on Tech 70-35, they’re sitting on the doorstep of the Top 25, but their recent history against TCU isn’t good, something Steve Sarkisian has already touched on in his resurgent locker room.
“We are not naive that we are 2-7 against TCU in the last nine years, nor are we going to believe the lie that we are going to play against the same TCU team that just came from. played EMS on Saturday, “Sarkisian said in his availability on Monday.” We’re going to have a little different animal, a little different opponent on Saturday, so we have to buckle up and prepare to play. “
Despite the Arkansas no-show, the 2021 season so far has an air of redemption for the Horns, but that discussion will go away if they lay an egg in Fort Worth.
Brooksy and Bryson
Did you see Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau kiss after America routed Europe in the Ryder Cup?
All that was missing was a line from “Kumbaya”.
Seriously, golf’s funniest feud has given the sport a little boost since Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s careers are almost over.
Neither Brooksy nor BDC are the most popular on fan lists, but the attention their back-and-forth has garnered has benefited a sport in desperate need of personality.
After the two combined to go 4-2-1 in a dominating weekend, teammate Justin Thomas urged them to pose with the cup while others sang the War classic “Why Can’t we not be friends? “
DeChambeau then rounded it off with a ‘Half-Brothers’ themed t-shirt featuring himself and Koepka, a cool ode to the comedy classic starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
There is nothing like a national comradeship to help bury a well-worn hatchet.
Did they just become best friends?