Unsung Heroes: The Best NFL Kickers of All-Time

(© imago images) Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker 9 kicks a 21-yard field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday, December 24, 2022. Baltimore defeated Atlanta 17-9.

The kicker position may not get the same love as more popular positions like quarterback, wide receiver or running back but the impact of kickers is undeniable. When the game is on the line, it’s usually kickers that need ice cold blood in the veins, either bringing home the victory or taking the agony of defeat. This is why we decided to make our list of the top 5 NFL kickers of all-time.

#5 Adam Vinatieri

NFL teams played for: New England Patriots & Indianapolis Colts

Field Goal Percentage: 83.8% 

Accolades: 3x Pro Bowl selection, 4x Super Bowl champion, 3x first-team All-Pro, 

Records: Most career points scored (2,673), most consecutive field goals made (44), most career field goals made (599), most career overtime field goals (11)

#4 Lou Groza

NFL teams played for: Cleveland Browns

Field Goal Percentage: 53.4%

Accolades: 9x Pro Bowl selection, 4x first-team All-Pro, 4x NFL champion, 4x AAFC champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame

Records: 5th all-time in extra points made (810)

#3 Stephen Gostkowski

NFL teams played for: New England Patriots & Tennessee Titans

Field Goal Percentage: 86.34%

Accolades: 4x Pro Bowl selection, 3x Super Bowl champion, 2x first-team All-Pro

Records: Most consecutive extra points made: 523, most seasons leading league in points scored: 5 (Tied)

#2 Morten Andersen

NFL teams played for: New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs & Minnesota Vikings

Field Goal Percentage: 79.69%

Accolades: 7x Pro Bowl selection, 5x first-team All-Pro, 2x Golden Toe Award

Records: NFL record most games played (382), most consecutive games scoring (360)

#1 Justin Tucker

NFL teams played for: Baltimore Ravens

Field Goal Percentage: 90.65%

Accolades: 4x Pro Bowl, 4x first-team All-Pro, Super Bowl champion (XLVII), 

Records: NFL record for highest career field-goal percentage (90.65%), Longest successful field goal: 66 yards, Most 50+ yard field goals in a game: 3 (Tied) 

If you’d like to get your hands on more NFL rankings and lists check out our picks for the Top 5 Defensive Players of All-Time, The Top 5 Super Bowl MVP Performances of All-Time or The Best Five Super Bowls Since 2000.

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