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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?"
  • George Blanda1

    George Blanda

    Quarterback, Placekicker

    BirthplaceYoungwood, Pennsylvania

    AgeDied at 83 (1927-2010)

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

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    #27 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s#4 of 66 The Best Chicago Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Bobby Layne2

    Bobby Layne

    Quarterback, Placekicker

    BirthplaceSanta Anna, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDied at 60 (1926-1986)

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

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

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    #43 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#13 of 119 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

  • Don Hutson3

    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

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    #20 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#19 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

  • Adam Vinatieri4

    Adam Vinatieri


    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota, United States of America


    TeamsIndianapolis Colts

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

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    #3 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#140 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

  • Morten Andersen5

    Morten Andersen


    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark


    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
  • Sebastian Janikowski6

    Sebastian Janikowski


    BirthplaceWałbrzych, Poland


    Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2,...  more
  • Jason Elam7

    Jason Elam


    BirthplaceFort Walton Beach, Florida


    TeamsDenver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

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

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    #143 of 176 The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time#49 of 55 The Best NFL Players From Florida

  • Stephen Gostkowski8

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana


    TeamsNew England Patriots

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

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

  • Jim Thorpe9

    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

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    The Life And Legacy Of Jim Thorpe#437 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Jan Stenerud10

    Jan Stenerud


    BirthplaceFetsund, Norway


    Jan Stenerud (, Norwegian: [ˈsteːnərʉːd]; born November 26, 1942) is a Norwegian-born former...  more
  • Jerry Kramer11

    Jerry Kramer

    Guard, Placekicker

    BirthplaceJordan, Montana


    TeamsIdaho Vandals football, Green Bay Packers

    Gerald Louis Kramer (born January 23, 1936) is a former professional American football player,...  more
  • Matt Bryant12

    Matt Bryant


    BirthplaceOrange, Texas


    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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

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    #650 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#40 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

  • Matt Prater13

    Matt Prater


    BirthplaceMayfield Heights, Ohio


    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Matthew Phillip Prater (born August 10, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the...  more


    #14 of 28 The Oldest Active Players In The NFL Right Now#49 of 106 The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

  • Dan Bailey14

    Dan Bailey


    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma


    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Dan Bailey (born January 26, 1988) is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota...  more
  • Garo Yepremian15

    Garo Yepremian


    BirthplaceLarnaca, Cyprus


    Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian (June 2, 1944 – May 15, 2015) was an American football...  more
  • Doak Walker16

    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


    #51 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#20 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

  • Lou Groza17

    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
  • Jason Hanson18

    Jason Hanson


    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington


    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Jason Hanson (born June 17, 1970) is an American retired football player who was a placekicker...  more

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    #21 of 51 The Best NFL Players From Washington#1 of 21 The Best Detroit Lions Kickers Of All Time

  • Mark Moseley19

    Mark Moseley


    BirthplaceLaneville, Texas


    TeamsHouston Oilers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles

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

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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

  • Mason Crosby20

    Mason Crosby


    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas


    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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

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    #25 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL#27 of 286 The Best Green Bay Packers Of All Time

  • Dave Robinson21

    Dave Robinson

    Linebacker, Placekicker

    BirthplaceMount Holly, New Jersey


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

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    #44 of 94 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time#103 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Lawrence Tynes22

    Lawrence Tynes


    BirthplaceGreenock, United Kingdom


    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants

    Lawrence James Henry Tynes (born May 3, 1978) is a Scottish-born former American football...  more
  • David Akers23

    David Akers


    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky


    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
  • Rob Bironas24

    Rob Bironas


    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    AgeDied at 36 (1978-2014)

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    James Robert Douglas "Rob" Bironas (January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014) was an American...  more
  • Scott Norwood25

    Scott Norwood




    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Birmingham Stallions

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