is the only pure kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, largely
because he changed the face of kicking in professional football. He was one of the first soccer-style kickers in the league and its most
successful early practitioner. He was the first to really «boom» kicks
through the end zone, prompting the NFL to move the kickoff point back
5 yards in 1974.
He was selected as a member of the NFL´s 75th
Anniversary all-time team. He played 19 NFL seasons. He is the NFL´s
all-time leader with 373 field goals and is ssecond on the all-time
scoring list with 1,699 points. Stenerud led the league in field goals
three times, kicked five field goals in a game on three different
occassions and once had a string of 16 consecutive games in which he
kicked a field goal in the 1969 and ´70 seasons.
the scoring in Super Bowl IV with a 48-yarder in the first quarter and
his three first-half field goals gave the Chiefs a 9-0 lead early in
The most accurate field goal kicker in team history
(80.8 percent), Stenerud scored in a team-record 45 straight games
while leading the Packers in points three years in a row from 1981
through 1983. Stenerud set an NFL record (since broken) in 1981 when he
connected on 22 of 24 field goals (91.7 percent).
draft choice of the Chiefs in 1966, Stenerud played 13 years in Kansas
City before coming to Green Bay. Stenerud closed out his playing days
with the Vikings (1984-85).
Montana State football coach Jim
Swooney could not have known a skier from Norway, whom he discouraged
from playing football, would eventually receive the National Football
League´s highest honor.
that´s exactly what happened when Jan Stenerud became the sixth Chief
inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 1991.
Stenerud´s childhood home in Fetsund. The muncipial named a road, Jan
Steneruds vei, this happens usely after a person is dead.
is considered the finest placekicker in pro football history and is
distinguished as the only pure kicker enshrined at the Hall of Fame in
Canton, Ohio. Statistics from his 19-year career placed him near the
top of every NFL kicking category.
Only George Blanda (340) and
Jim Marshall (282) played in more regular-season NFL games than
Stenerud´s 263. He is ranked third behind Blanda and Lou Groza in
point-after-touchdown NFL record. Seventeen of his field goals were
from 50 yards or more, second only to former Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery.
Stenerud had seven 100-point seasons, also second behind Lowery.
records are owned or shared by Stenerud, including most consecutive
games played (186), most career PATs and field goals attempted (409,
436), most field goals in a season (44), and most field goal attempts
in a game (7). He played in six postseason All-Star games, including
four NFL Pro Bowl appearances. His contributions to the Chiefs Super
Bowl-winning team were vital. He capped the championship season with a
48-yard field goal, the longest in Super Bowl history, against the
Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
Stenerud was among the first
soccer-style kickers to find success in the NFL. Today, nearly all
professional kickers use the technique he popularized. Stenerud´s
spirit of innovation made him the dominant kicker in professional
football. That same spirit bolstered further development of the
sidewinding approach. He designed a kicking tee which facilitated the
growth of the technique by maximizing the effectiveness of soccer-style
He is currently director of business development at
Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, a Kansas City-based
architectural firm that specializes in stadium design. In his 13
years with the Chiefs and 19 years in professional football, Jan
Stenerud revolutionized placekicking. He has earned his spot in NFL and
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