Mark Moseley

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 Oilers (1971–72), the Washington Redskins (1974–86), and the Cleveland Browns (1986). He won the Most Valuable Player Award during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He is one of the only special teams players to win the NFL MVP award.

Mark Moseley
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Mark Moseley answers questions from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in 2012
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Personal information
Born:March 12, 1948 (age 71)
Laneville, Texas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Livingston (TX)
College:Stephen F. Austin State
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 14 / Pick: 346
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:300/457 (65.6%)
Points scored:1,382
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life and education

Moseley grew up in Livingston, Texas[1] and played football at Livingston High School.[2] After high school, he attended Texas A&M University from 1965 to 1966[3] and, later, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) from 1967 to 1969.[4] He played quarterback while at both schools until his senior season at SFA when he made the switch to placekicker.[3][5] In that season, he set Lone Star Conference records for most points in a game and most field goals in a season.[6]


Moseley was selected 346th overall in the 14th round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.[3] He was dropped by the Eagles in 1971 and signed by the Houston Oilers only to be released again in 1972. He spent two years out of the NFL and moved back to Livingston, Texas where he installed septic systems. During this period, he sent letters to two dozen NFL teams and routinely practiced kicking with his wife. In 1974, the Washington Redskins signed him as a free agent.[5][7]

With the retirement of the Minnesota Vikings' Rick Danmeier in 1982, Moseley became the sole full-time straight on placekicker in the National Football League; there has only been one other (Dirk Borgognone, who played two games in 1995) since then. In the 1960s, the newer soccer style was introduced by the Hungarian brothers Pete and Charlie Gogolak, and it became increasingly popular.

In the strike-shortened 1982 season, Moseley made 20 of 21 field goals, a then-record 95.2 success rate, and was responsible for 76 points.[8] He became the second placekicker to ever win the Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player, the other was Hall of Famer Lou Groza. Who also won the award back in 1954 as a placekicker and as an offensive tackle (Mark Moseley was the first placekicker that only played on special teams to win the MVP award).[9] In the Washington Redskins' 27–17 victory in Super Bowl XVII over the Miami Dolphins, Moseley kicked two field goals and was successful on all three of his extra point attempts. During the following season, he led the NFL in scoring with 161 points.

In 1986, the popular 38-year-old Moseley was released by the Washington Redskins mid-season. He remains their all-time leading scorer with 1,207 points. He signed with the Cleveland Browns and retired at the end of the season, helping them win their divisional playoff game against the New York Jets with a game-winning field goal in double overtime despite missing two field goals in regulation and another in the first overtime period.

In his career, Moseley was successful on 300 out of 457 field goal attempts (65%), successful on 482 out of 512 extra points attempts (94%) and scored a total of 1,382 points.

Personal life

Moseley is now the Director of Franchising for Five Guys. He has five[10] children and thirteen grandchildren.


  1. ^ Steinberg, Dan (August 7, 2014). "Alabama-Coushatta Tribe responds to Mark Moseley, saying it does not support the Redskins name". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Meredith, Hardy; McDonald, Archie P. (August 31, 2009). Stephen F. Austin State University Jacks (Images of America) (Images of Sports). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0738571805.
  3. ^ a b c Moran, Malcolm (January 21, 1984). "PLAYERS; SPLIT-SECOND DECISIONS". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Partsch III, Raymond A. (August 7, 2014). "Grandson of SFA legend looks to make impact at Lamar". Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Dave (January 30, 1983). "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; KICK FINISH OVERDUE". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Gonsalves, Rick (August 31, 2009). Placekicking in the NFL: A History and Analysis. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476600512.
  7. ^ Romano, Lois (December 21, 1982). "The Moseleys Get A Kick Out of Life". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mark Moseley - Career Stats". National Football League. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Martin, Cameron (January 5, 2013). "An M.V.P. Award for One of a Dying Breed". New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
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1970 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1970 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 38th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–9–1, winning only three games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season.

The Eagles did have victories over the playoff-bound Dolphins and the cross-state rival Steelers, as well as a 23–20 victory on Monday Night Football over the Giants, ending New York's six-game winning streak and helping deny Big Blue a playoff berth.

1974 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1974 Dallas Cowboys season was their 15th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 10–4, winning only eight games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and this marked the only season from 1966 to 1983 (18 seasons) that the Cowboys did not qualify.

The Cowboys began with a 1–4 start and although they went 7–2 afterwards, it was not enough to overcome the slow start.

The season featured one of the most memorable Thanksgiving Day games in Cowboys history. Trailing 16–3 in the second half (and having already lost quarterback Roger Staubach to injury), little used backup Clint Longley threw two touchdown passes to lead the team to a 24–23 victory over the Redskins at Texas Stadium.

1974 was also a season of transition; as it would be the final season of future Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Also finishing their careers that season would be fullback Walt Garrison; and center Dave Manders. Also, this would be the final season for wide receiver Bob Hayes (who would finish his career with the San Francisco 49ers the following year); running back Calvin Hill (who departed for the Hawaiians of the World Football League); defensive end Pat Toomay (who left for the Buffalo Bills); guard John Niland (who left the following year for the Philadelphia Eagles) and quarterback Craig Morton (traded early in the season to the New York Giants) in a Cowboy uniform.

1975 Washington Redskins season

The 1975 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 39th in Washington, D.C.. The team failed to improve on their 10–4 record from 1974 and finsished 8-6.

1977 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1977 Dallas Cowboys season was their 18th in the NFL. The club appeared twice on Monday Night Football. Tony Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards and became the second member of the Cowboys (first since 1973) to have a 1,000-yard rushing season. During the season, the club scored 345 points, which ranked first in the NFC, while the defense only gave up 212 points. The Cowboys made it to their fourth Super Bowl and beat the Denver Broncos to capture their second Super Bowl Championship. They were the first team from the NFC East Division to win two Super Bowls. Their 15-2 record (.882, including the postseason) remains the highest single season winning percentage in team history.

1979 All-Pro Team

The following is a list of players that were named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, the Newspaper Enterprise Association All-Pro team and the Pro Football Writers Association, and Pro Football Weekly All-Pro teams in 1979. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the four All-Pro teams that were included in the Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League and compose the Consensus All-pro team for 1979.

1979 Washington Redskins season

The 1979 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League. The team improved on their 8–8 record from 1978 and finishing 10–6. While the Redskins were able to improve their record, however, they were eliminated from playoff contention on the final week of the season when facing the Dallas Cowboys with the NFC East title on the line, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach led a last-minute comeback to defeat Washington 35–34 to win the division; which combined with the Chicago Bears defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 42–6, resulted in the Redskins losing a points tiebreaker for the final wild-card slot.

The Redskins hosted the Packers in Week 14. It was Washington's penultimate game at RFK in 1979. As they left RFK 17 years later and moved to a new stadium in Landover, it was also the two teams' final meeting at Washington for 25 years.

1981 Philadelphia Eagles season

The 1981 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in an appearance in the postseason for the fourth straight season (first time in franchise history the Eagles had made the postseason four straight times). The team was coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Oakland Raiders the previous season. Because they made the Super Bowl in 1980, they were picked by many to not only reach the Super Bowl, but to win it as well. The Eagles began the 1981 season with 6 straight wins, their best ever start to a season at the time. The Eagles would win then 3 of their next 5 games to sit at 9-2. They would then lose their next 4 games to slip to 9-6 and were in danger of missing out on the playoffs. The next week, they hammered the Cardinals 38-0 to clinch a playoff berth for the fourth straight season. In the playoffs, they met their arch rivals the Giants. It was New York's first playoff appearance in 18 years. In the game, the Giants would stun the eagles 27-21, ending the Eagles season as well as hopes for a second straight Super Bowl appearance. The Eagles would not make the playoffs again until 1988. They also wouldn't reach the Super Bowl again until 2004.

1982 Miami Dolphins season

The 1982 Miami Dolphins season was the team's seventeenth in the National Football League. The team was coming off an unexpected 11-4-1 1981 season and a devastating loss to the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional Round the previous season in a game dubbed the Epic in Miami. The Dolphins had clinched the 2 seed and were picked by many to reach the Super Bowl during the 1981 season. Because of the high number of picks to reach the Super Bowl the previous season, many more fans picked them to win it during the 1982 season. The Dolphins looked to improve on their 11-4-1 record from 1981. However, a players strike cancelled 7 of the team's 16 games. Because of this, the NFL schedule was shrunk to 9 games. The Dolphins started out fresh, winning their first 2 games prior to the strike. When season play resumed 2 months later, the Dolphins defeated the Buffalo Bills 9-7 in Buffalo to clinch a 3-0 start. After a loss to Tampa Bay, they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 22-14. The next week, they lost a brisk game against the Patriots 3-0 in a game called the Snowplow Game. The Dolphins would then win 3 straight games to end the season 7-2, tied for 2nd in the AFC with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins won 2nd place over them by virtue of a series of tiebreakers. In the playoffs, they defeated the Patriots in a rematch by the score of 28-13. They then defeated the Chargers in a rematch of the 1981 Divisional Playoffs by a score of 34-13. In the AFC Championship game, they shutout the Jets, 14-0 to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1973. In Super Bowl XVII, they lost to the Redskins 27-17 in a rematch of Super Bowl VII which concluded Miami's perfect 1972 season.

1982 Washington Redskins season

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 46th in Washington, D.C.. Although the Redskins lost all their preseason games, they were to advance from an 8–8 record the previous season to become the only team in NFL History to win the Super Bowl after not winning a pre-season game. Only the 1990 Buffalo Bills and the 2000 New York Giants have since made it to the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season.The 1982 NFL season was shortened from sixteen games per team to nine because of a players’ strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored. Washington had the best record in the NFC, and were the number one seed in the conference for the playoff tournament.

The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, beating each of their opponents by an average of 19 points. In a rematch of Washington's only prior Super Bowl appearance ten years prior, the Redskins – in a game famous for Washington's "70 Chip’ play on fourth-and-1 – went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27–17 to win Super Bowl XVII. It was the Redskins’ first ever Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL Championship in 40 years. Combining the post-season and their first Super Bowl victory, the Redskins finished the season with an overall record of 12–1.

1983 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1983 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League. the cowboys finished second in the NFC East and improving their 6-3 record from 1982. The team broke the record for consecutive playoff appearances with 9 (the 2010 Colts later tied the record).

1983 Washington Redskins season

The 1983 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 52nd season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 47th in Washington, D.C.. The season began with the team trying to win consecutive Super Bowls, following their victory in Super Bowl XVII against the Miami Dolphins. Washington's 14–2 record was the best in the NFL. Though the Redskins did win their second-consecutive NFC Championship they were blown out by the Los Angeles Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, 9–38.

The Redskins' 541 points scored and +209 point differential was the best in the league, with the 541 points setting an NFL record at the time. The 1983 Redskins also had a turnover margin of +43, an NFL record. Washington was the first team since the merger to record more than 60 takeaways (61).This season is cornerback Darrell Green's first in the league. He would spend the next 19 years with the team.

1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise’s 53rd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League. The Steelers challenged for the AFC Central most of the season, sitting at 7–5 after their first twelve games. However, a season-ending four game losing streak would quash both their division title and playoff hopes, as the Steelers finished with a 7–9 record, their first season with a losing record in fourteen years.

1985 Washington Redskins season

The 1985 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 49th in Washington, D.C.. The team failed to improve on their 11–5 record from 1984 and finshed 10-6. The biggest moment of the year occurred on a November 18 Monday Night Football game, which witnessed Joe Theismann's career-ending injury after a sack by New York Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. The tackle resulted in a serious leg injury, and Theismann never played in the NFL again. Though the team failed to make the playoffs, they remained in contention for the entire regular season.

1986 Cleveland Browns season

The 1986 Cleveland Browns season was the team’s 37th season with the National Football League. The death of Don Rogers, a promising young defensive back who was preparing to enter his third season in the NFL, cast a black cloud over the team as it prepared for the 1986 season.

Cleveland won their first postseason game since 1969, and for the first time in franchise history, the Browns reached the AFC Championship Game, where they would eventually fall to the Denver Broncos, in the game famous for “The Drive.” It would be the first of three AFC Championship games that the Browns would reach in four seasons, all losses to Denver. It remains the best post-merger Browns season as of 2017.

Mark Moseley (actor)

Mark Moseley (born August 2, 1961) is an American voice actor, radio personality, stand-up comedian and rapper. He has appeared in a variety of films, television shows, and video games, and is probably best known as a sound-double for actors such as Eddie Murphy, Patrick Stewart, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Warburton, and Robin Williams.

Mulan II

Mulan II is a 2004 American direct-to-video Disney animated film directed by Darrell Rooney and Lynne Southerland and is a sequel to the 1998 animated film Mulan (originally released by theaters). Much of the cast from the first film returned, excluding Eddie Murphy (Mushu), Miriam Margolyes (The Matchmaker), Chris Sanders (Little Brother), and Matthew Wilder (Ling's singing voice). Murphy and Margolyes were replaced by Mark Moseley and April Winchell, respectively; Little Brother was voiced by Frank Welker, and Gedde Watanabe does his own singing for the sequel. Mulan II features Mulan and her new fiancé, General Li Shang on a special mission: escorting the Emperor's three daughters across the country to meet their soon-to-be fiancés. The film deals with arranged marriages, loyalty, relationships, making choices, trust, and finding true love. Unlike its predecessor, which gained critical acclaim, Mulan II was poorly received by critics.


Placekicker, or simply kicker (PK or K), is the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals and extra points. In many cases, the placekicker also serves as the team's kickoff specialist or punter as well.

Rick Danmeier

Rick Danmeier (born April 8, 1952 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a former professional American football player who was a placekicker for six seasons for the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League.

Danmeier attended White Bear Lake High School, in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. He later attended Lakewood State Junior College, and then Sioux Falls College (now the University of Sioux Falls), where he played college football.Danmeier joined the Vikings in 1977, appearing in one game. His best season was 1981, when he missed only two field goals from inside the 40, and converted on 21 of 25 field goal attempts. He appeared in nine games for the Vikings in 1982, his last season with the team.Danmeier was one of the last kickers to employ the straight-on style of kicking. Danmeier's retirement in 1982 left Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley as the only remaining placekicker in the NFL to employ the style.

Danmeier was inducted to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars hall of fame in 2000. He works as a sales representative in sporting goods.

Super Bowl XVIII

Super Bowl XVIII was an American football game played on January 22, 1984 at Tampa Stadium] between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Los Angeles Raiders to determine the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1983 season. The Raiders defeated the Redskins, 38–9. The Raiders' 38 points scored and 29-point margin of victory broke Super Bowl records; it remains the most points scored by an AFC team in a Super Bowl. This was the first time the city of Tampa hosted the Super Bowl and was the AFC's last Super Bowl win until Super Bowl XXXII, won by the Denver Broncos.

The Redskins entered the game as the defending Super Bowl XVII champions, and finished the 1983 regular season with a league-best 14–2 record, and led the league in fewest rushing yards allowed, and set a then-NFL record in scoring with 541 points. The Raiders posted a 12-4 regular season record in 1983, their second in Los Angeles, having moved there from Oakland in May 1982.

As the favored team, the Redskins' 38–9 defeat at the hands of the black-jerseyed Raiders led Super Bowl XVIII to be known as "Black Sunday." The Raiders outgained the Redskins in total yards, 385 to 283. Los Angeles built a 21–3 halftime lead, aided by touchdowns on Derrick Jensen's blocked punt recovery, and Jack Squirek's 5-yard interception return on a screen pass with seven seconds left in the first half. Raiders running back Marcus Allen, who became the third Heisman Trophy winner to be named the Super Bowl MVP, carried the ball 20 times for a then-record total of 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a then-record 74-yard run in the third quarter. He also caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

The telecast of the game on CBS was seen by an estimated 77.62 million viewers. The broadcast was notable for airing the famous "1984" television commercial, introducing the Apple Macintosh. The NFL highlight film of this game was the final voiceover work for famous NFL narrator John Facenda.

Regular season statistics
Season Team (record) G FGM FGA % <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LNG BLK XPM XPA % PTS
1970 Philadelphia Eagles (3–10–1) 14 14 25 56.0 7–9 4–6 2–6 1–3 0–1 42 0 25 28 89.3 67
1971 Houston Oilers (4–9–1) 12 16 26 61.5 0–0 8–9 2–4 6–10 0–3 44 0 25 27 92.6 73
1972 Houston Oilers (1–13) 1 1 2 50.0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 20 0 2 2 100.0 5
1974 Washington Redskins (10–4) 13 18 30 60.0 1–1 2–5 9–13 6–10 0–1 48 0 27 29 93.1 81
1975 Washington Redskins (8–6) 14 16 25 64.0 0–0 1–3 9–10 6–9 0–3 48 0 37 39 94.9 85
1976 Washington Redskins (10–4) 14 22 34 64.7 1–1 7–8 8–11 6–13 0–1 49 0 31 32 96.9 97
1977 Washington Redskins (9–5) 14 21 37 56.8 1–1 3–3 4–5 9–22 4–6 54 0 19 19 100.0 82
1978 Washington Redskins (8–8) 16 19 30 63.3 0–0 4–4 5–7 8–13 2–6 52 0 30 31 96.8 87
1979 Washington Redskins (10–6) 16 25 33 75.8 2–2 5–5 8–10 9–13 1–3 53 0 39 39 100.0 114
1980 Washington Redskins (6–10) 16 18 33 54.5 0–0 3–4 5–6 7–12 3–11 52 0 27 30 90.0 81
1981 Washington Redskins (8–8) 16 19 30 63.3 1–1 7–8 6–8 5–12 0–1 49 0 38 42 90.5 95
1982 Washington Redskins (8–1) 9 20 21 95.2 1–1 6–6 8–8 5–6 0–0 48 0 16 19 84.2 76
1983 Washington Redskins (14–2) 16 33 47 70.2 1–1 10–10 14–19 7–12 1–3 51 0 62 63 98.4 161
1984 Washington Redskins (11–5) 16 24 31 77.4 1–1 9–10 12–13 1–5 1–2 51 0 48 51 94.1 120
1985 Washington Redskins (10–6) 16 22 34 64.7 0–0 7–8 8–13 7–12 0–1 48 0 31 33 93.9 97
1986 Washington Redskins (12–4) 6 6 12 50.0 1–1 3–4 1–2 1–5 0–0 45 0 12 14 85.7 30
1986 Cleveland Browns (12–4) 4 6 7 85.7 1–1 2–2 3–3 0–1 0–0 39 0 13 14 92.9 31
Career (16 seasons) 213 300 457 65.6 18–20 82–96 104–138 84–159 12–42 54 0 482 512 94.1 1382

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