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List of Famous Football Placekickers

Updated June 14, 2019 28.4k views408 items

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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  • 1
    George Blanda

    George Blanda

    Quarterback, Placekicker

    BirthplaceYoungwood, Pennsylvania

    AgeDec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
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    Bobby Layne

    Bobby Layne

    Quarterback, Placekicker

    BirthplaceSanta Anna, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 60 (1926-1986)

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Texas Longhorns football

    Robert Lawrence Layne (December 19, 1926 – December 1, 1986) was an American football... more on Wikipedia

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    Don Hutson

    Don Hutson

    End, Safety

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 84 (1913-1997)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia

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    #18 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#1704 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Adam Vinatieri

    Adam Vinatieri

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts

    Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is an American football placekicker for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #3 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#138 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

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    Morten Andersen

    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age60

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

    Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960), nicknamed the "Great Dane", is a Danish-American... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Sebastian Janikowski

    Sebastian Janikowski

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceWałbrzych, Poland

    Age42

    Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jason Elam

    Jason Elam

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFort Walton Beach, Florida

    Age50

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

    Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He was drafted by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Stephen Gostkowski

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age36

    TeamsNew England Patriots

    Stephen Haunt Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    #29 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time#15 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Louisiana

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    Jim Thorpe

    Jim Thorpe

    Running back, Punter

    BirthplaceOklahoma, United States of America

    AgeDied at 65 (1888-1953)

    TeamsCleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Canton Bulldogs, Arizona Cardinals, Rock Island Independents

    James Francis Thorpe (May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic... more on Wikipedia

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    The Life And Legacy Of Jim Thorpe#464 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 10
    Jan Stenerud

    Jan Stenerud

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFetsund, Norway

    Age77

    Jan Stenerud (, Norwegian: [ˈsteːnərʉːd]; born November 26, 1942) is a Norwegian-born former... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Jerry Kramer

    Jerry Kramer

    Guard, Placekicker

    BirthplaceJordan, Montana

    Age84

    TeamsIdaho Vandals football, Green Bay Packers

    Gerald Louis Kramer (born January 23, 1936) is a former professional American football player,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Matt Bryant

    Matt Bryant

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    Age45

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    Steven Matt Bryant (born May 29, 1975), nicknamed "Money Matt", is an American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #649 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#36 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

  • 13
    Matt Prater

    Matt Prater

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceMayfield Heights, Ohio

    Age36

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Matthew Phillip Prater (born August 10, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Dan Bailey

    Dan Bailey

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Age32

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Dan Bailey (born January 26, 1988) is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Garo Yepremian

    Garo Yepremian

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceLarnaca, Cyprus

    Age76

    Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian (June 2, 1944 – May 15, 2015) was an American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Doak Walker

    Doak Walker

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    AgeDied at 71 (1927-1998)

    TeamsSouthern 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. ... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lou Groza

    Lou Groza

    Tackle, Placekicker

    BirthplaceMartins Ferry, Ohio

    AgeDec. at 76 (1924-2000)

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    Louis Roy Groza (January 25, 1924 – November 29, 2000), nicknamed "The Toe", was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    #19 of 61 The Best NFL Players From Ohio#6 of 150 The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

  • 18
    Jason Hanson

    Jason Hanson

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    Age50

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Jason Hanson (born June 17, 1970) is an American retired football player who was a placekicker... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Mark Moseley

    Mark Moseley

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceLaneville, Texas

    Age72

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

    Mark DeWayne Moseley (born March 12, 1948) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #21 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#1 of 42 The Best Washington Redskins Kickers Of All Time

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    Mason Crosby

    Mason Crosby

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    Age36

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

    Mason Walker Crosby (born September 3, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #24 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL#28 of 286 The Best Green Bay Packers Of All Time

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    Dave Robinson

    Dave Robinson

    Linebacker, Placekicker

    BirthplaceMount Holly, New Jersey

    Age79

    Richard David Robinson (born May 3, 1941) is a former American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia

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    #44 of 94 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time#101 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 22
    Lawrence Tynes

    Lawrence Tynes

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceGreenock, United Kingdom

    Age42

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants

    Lawrence James Henry Tynes (born May 3, 1978) is a Scottish-born former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    David Akers

    David Akers

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Age45

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Louisville Cardinals football, Berlin Thunder, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions

    David Roy Akers (; born December 9, 1974) is a former American football placekicker. He played... more on Wikipedia
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    Rob Bironas

    Rob Bironas

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    AgeDied at 36 (1978-2014)

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    James Robert Douglas "Rob" Bironas (January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014) was an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Scott Norwood

    Scott Norwood

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age60

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Birmingham Stallions

    Scott Allan Norwood (born July 17, 1960) is a former American football placekicker who played... more on Wikipedia

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