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List of Famous Football Placekickers

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List of the most famous (American) football placekickers in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary placekickers in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best placekickers to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing placekickers may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top placekickers in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

Items here include everything from Jim Thorpe to George Blanda.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest placekicker of all time?" and "Who are the best placekickers of all time?"
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George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Quarterback and Placekicker from Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 83 (1927-2010)

George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more

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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Quarterback and Placekicker from Santa Anna, Texas, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 60 (1926-1986)

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Texas Longhorns football

Robert Lawrence Layne (December 19, 1926 – December 1, 1986) was an American football quarterback who played for 15 seasons in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears in ...more

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#43 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #173 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #7 of 124 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
End and Safety from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American football player and assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played as a split end and ...more

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Yankton, South Dakota, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is an American football placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He has played in five Super Bowls: four with ...more

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#5 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #134 of 147 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time #81 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Copenhagen, Denmark

Age: 55

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, + more

Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960), nicknamed the "Great Dane", is a Danish-American former American football kicker and All-American at Michigan State University. He is the ...more
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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Sebastian Janikowski Placekicker from Wałbrzych, Poland

Age: 37

Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2, 1978) is a Polish-born former American football placekicker. He played college football for Florida ...more
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Jason Elam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played 15 seasons with the Broncos ...more

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#147 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #705 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #12 of 88 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 35

Teams: New England Patriots

Stephen Haunt Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by ...more

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#273 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #5 of 88 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time #14 of 247 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

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Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Running back and Punter from Oklahoma, United States of America

Age: Died at 65 (1888-1953)

Teams: Cleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Canton Bulldogs, Arizona Cardinals, Rock Island Independents, + more

James Francis Thorpe (May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a ...more

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Jan Stenerud is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Fetsund, Norway

Age: 73

Jan Stenerud (, Norwegian: [ˈsteːnərʉːd]; born November 26, 1942) is a Norwegian-born former American football player for the AFL/NFL Kansas City Chiefs (1967–1979), Green Bay Packers ...more
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Jerry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Jerry Kramer Guard and Placekicker from Jordan, Montana

Age: 83

Teams: Idaho Vandals football, Green Bay Packers

Gerald Louis Kramer (born January 23, 1936) is a former professional American football player, author and sports commentator, best remembered for his 11-year National Football League (NFL) ...more
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Matt Bryant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Orange, Texas

Age: 43

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Steven Matt Bryant (born May 29, 1975), nicknamed "Money Matt", is an American football placekicker who is a free agent. He played college football at Baylor, and was signed as an ...more

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#677 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #17 of 67 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter #19 of 88 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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Matt Prater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Matt Prater Placekicker from Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Age: 34

Teams: Denver Broncos

Matthew Phillip Prater (born August 10, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more

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#333 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #26 of 124 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time #9 of 88 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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Dan Bailey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Age: 31

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Dan Bailey (born January 26, 1988) is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Bailey grew up in the Oklahoma City area and played ...more
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Garo Yepremian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Larnaca, Cyprus

Age: 74

Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian (June 2, 1944 – May 15, 2015) was an American football placekicker in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans ...more
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Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Doak Walker Running back and Return specialist from Dallas, Texas

Age: Died at 71 (1927-1998)

Teams: Southern Methodist University Mustang football, Southern Methodist University Mustangs football, Detroit Lions

Ewell Doak Walker II (January 1, 1927 – September 27, 1998) was an American football player. He played college football as a halfback at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he won the ...more
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Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Tackle and Placekicker from Martins Ferry, Ohio

Age: Dec. at 76 (1924-2000)

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Louis Roy Groza (January 25, 1924 – November 29, 2000), nicknamed "The Toe", was an American football placekicker and offensive tackle who played his entire career for the Cleveland ...more
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Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Spokane, Washington

Age: 48

Teams: Detroit Lions

Jason Hanson (born June 17, 1970) is an American retired football player who was a placekicker that spent his entire 21-year career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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#250 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #969 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #9 of 124 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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Mark Moseley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Laneville, Texas

Age: 67

Teams: Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

Mark DeWayne Moseley (born March 12, 1948) is a former professional American football placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1970), the Houston ...more

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Mason Crosby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Lubbock, Texas

Age: 31

Teams: Green Bay Packers

Mason Walker Crosby (born September 3, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more

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#376 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #24 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL #13 of 88 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Linebacker and Placekicker from Mount Holly, New Jersey

Age: 74

Richard David Robinson (born May 3, 1941) is a former American football player. He played college football at Pennsylvania State University and professionally in the National Football League for ...more

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#42 of 100 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time #118 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time #16 of 35 Undeserving Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Lawrence Tynes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Greenock, United Kingdom

Age: 37

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants

Lawrence James Henry Tynes (born May 3, 1978) is a Scottish-born former American football placekicker. After playing soccer for Milton High School a coach suggested he try out for the football ...more
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David Akers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Lexington, Kentucky

Age: 44

Teams: Washington Redskins, Louisville Cardinals football, Berlin Thunder, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, + more

David Roy Akers (; born December 9, 1974) is a former American football placekicker. He played college football at Louisville, and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in ...more
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Rob Bironas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: Died at 36 (1978-2014)

Teams: Tennessee Titans

James Robert Douglas "Rob" Bironas (January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014) was an American football placekicker. He holds the NFL record for field goals in a single game (8), set in ...more
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Scott Norwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Placekickers
Placekicker from Virginia

Age: 58

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Birmingham Stallions

Scott Allan Norwood (born July 17, 1960) is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons and spent the entirety of his career with ...more

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