Nick Lowery

Dominic Gerald Lowery (born May 27, 1956), nicknamed Nick the Kick, is a former American football placekicker for the New England Patriots (1978), the Kansas City Chiefs (19801993), and New York Jets (19941996).[1] Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history. He is currently tenth on the National Football League's list of all-time scoring leaders, and is the Chiefs' all-time leading scorer, with 1,466 points in his 14 seasons with the club.

Nick grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended St. Albans School where he was a star football player.

He attended Dartmouth College.[2] He has an M.P.A from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government,[2] the first pro athlete to graduate from there.

In 2009 Lowery was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.[2]

Nick Lowery
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Lowery in 2018
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Personal information
Born:May 27, 1956 (age 62)
Munich, West Germany
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Washington (DC) St. Albans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:383 / 479
Extra points:562 / 568
Points scored:1,711
Player stats at

NFL career highlights

Lowery was All-Pro 7 times during his career, and set several NFL records during his career.

  • Most accurate all-time (from 1984–1997 Lowery held the all-time accuracy mark for 10 of those 12 years)
  • Most games with 2 or more 50 yards field goals
  • Longest field goal in the first quarter on September 18, 1983 (58 yards, tied with Greg Zuerlein)
  • Lowery also held the record for best PAT percentage since the goal posts were moved back 10 yards and PAT's became 20 yards, not 10 yards.
  • Lowery received the NFL Players Association's most prestigious humanitarian award, the Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award, in 1993.
  • Lowery kicked more than 15 game-winners during his career, including in 2 playoff games vs. the Oakland Raiders in 1992 and Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994, and also kicked the game-winning points in all 3 Pro Bowls in 1982, 1991 and 1993.
  • 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee
  • 12th most field goals all-time (383)[3]


  1. ^ "Nick Lowery". National Football League. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Furlong, Lisa. "Nick Lowery '78". Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "NFL Career Total Field Goals Made Leaders". Retrieved November 16, 2016.

External links

1978 New England Patriots season

The 1978 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 9th season in the National Football League and 19th overall. The Patriots finished the season with a record of eleven wins and five losses and finished tied for first in the AFC East, winning their first division title in franchise history over Miami by a tiebreaker.

The 1978 Patriots set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, with 3,165 yards on the ground. The Patriots had four different players who rushed for more than 500 yards: running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham, 768; running back Andy Johnson, 675; running back Horace Ivory, 693; and quarterback Steve Grogan, 539. The team also picked up an NFL-record 181 rushing first-downs.

1980 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1980 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and 21st overall. They improved from 1979 from a 7–9 to an 8–8 record, the most wins for the franchise since an 8–6 season in 1972, but with missing the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

The Chiefs selected guard Brad Budde, the son of Chiefs Hall of Fame guard Ed Budde, as the team's first-round draft choice, making the Buddes the first father-son combination to become first-round draftees of the same team in NFL history. In a then-controversial move on August 26, the Chiefs released placekicker Jan Stenerud, who at the time was club's all-time leading scorer. He was replaced by journeyman Nick Lowery, who had been cut 11 times by eight different teams himself.After suffering an 0–4 start, the team rebounded to post a four-game winning streak. After Steve Fuller was sidelined with a knee injury late in the season, former Miami 12th-round draft choice Bill Kenney became the team's starting quarterback. He was so anonymous that when he appeared in that contest, the name on the back of his jersey was inadvertently misspelled "Kenny." Kenney went on to lead the club to a 31–14 victory against Denver on December 7 in his initial NFL start. The defense continued to evolve as defensive end Art Still and safety Gary Barbaro became the first Chiefs defensive players to be elected to the Pro Bowl in five seasons.

1980 Oakland Raiders season

The 1980 Oakland Raiders season began with the team trying to improve on their 9–7 record from 1979. It was the 20th anniversary of the Oakland Raiders franchise and ended with their second Super Bowl victory. Prior to the start of the season, Al Davis announced plans to move the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles. However, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle blocked the move by filing a restraining order. He even tried to have Al Davis removed as owner, as the case went to the courts. Still playing in Oakland, the Raiders entered the season with a new Quarterback after acquiring Dan Pastorini from the Houston Oilers for Kenny Stabler. However Pastorini struggled and the Raiders got off to a 2-3 when Pastorini was injured and replaced by Jim Plunkett. Plunkett proved right for the Raiders offense. The defense led the league in interceptions (35), turnovers (52) and yards per carry (3.4 YPA). Lester Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions. The team won 6 straight compiling an 11-5 record, and qualifying for the playoffs as a Wild Card. In the Wild Card Game, the Raiders would beat the Houston Oilers 27-7 at Oakland as the Raiders defense picked off former teammate Kenny Stabler twice. Playing in freezing weather with temperature reading 30 degrees below zero, the Raiders stunned the Browns 14-12 in a defensive struggle in Cleveland. In the AFC Championship Game in San Diego, the game would be a shoot out as the Raiders stunned the Chargers 34-27 to become the first AFC Wild Card to make the Super Bowl. Highlighted by Jim Plunkett's MVP performance and Rod Martin's 3 interceptions, the Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV.

1981 All-Pro Team

The 1981 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1981. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press added a "nose tackle" position in 1981, joining Pro Football Weekly .

1982 Los Angeles Rams season

The 1982 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 45th year with the National Football League and the 37th season in Los Angeles. The season saw the Rams attempting to improve on their 6-10 record from 1981, a season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time since 1972. However, a players strike wiped out 7 of the team's 16 games, and shortened the season schedule to only 9 games. The team struggled early, starting 0-3 by the time the strike started. After the conclusion of the strike, the Rams finally got a win at home over the Kansas City Chiefs. However, during the game, quarterback Bert Jones was lost for the season after suffering a neck injury that ultimately led to his retirement. The Rams would lose their next four games before upsetting the 49ers in San Francisco in the season finale. The Rams would ultimately finish the season 2-7, last place in their division and dead last in the NFC. It was the team's worst season since 1962, when they won only 1 game. As a result, head coach Ray Malavasi was fired after the season and replaced by John Robinson the next season.

1982 Pro Bowl

The 1982 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 32nd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1981 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 31, 1982, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii in front of a crowd of 49,521. The final score was AFC 16, NFC 13.Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay. The referee was Red Cashion.The NFC gained a 13-13 tie with 2:43 to go when Tony Dorsett ran four yards for a touchdown. In the drive to the game-winning field goal, Dan Fouts completed 3 passes, including a 23-yarder to Kellen Winslow that put the ball on the NFC's 5-yard line to set up a 23-yard game winning field goal by Nick Lowery to earn AFC a victory.

Kellen Winslow of the San Diego Chargers and Lee Roy Selmon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were named the game's Most Valuable Players. The referee was Red Cashion.Players on the winning AFC team received $5,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $2,500. The total number of tickets sold for the game was 50,402 which set a new ticket sales record for Aloha Stadium.

1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise’s 52nd season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League.

Most of the stars from the 1970s had departed, but the Steelers showed signs of their past glory by amassing a 9–7 record to capture the AFC Central Title again. The highlight of the season was an October 14th win over the 49ers in San Francisco. It was the only loss the 49ers suffered all season. Also serving up highlights that season was WR Louis Lipps who won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the playoffs the Steelers stunned the Broncos 24–17 in Denver to earn a trip to the AFC Championship. However, the Steelers season would end with a 45–28 thrashing at the hands of the Dolphins in Miami.

1985 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1985 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League and the 26th overall.

The Chiefs got off to a great start in 1985 with a 47–27 win at New Orleans, while safety Deron Cherry tied an NFL record by registering four interceptions in a 28–7 win against Seattle on September 29 as the club boasted a 3–1 record four games into the season. The club was then confronted with a seven-game losing streak (amidst, nonetheless, the neighboring Kansas City Royals's World Series run) that wasn’t snapped until quarterback Todd Blackledge was installed as the starter against Indianapolis on November 24. The team rebounded to win three of its final five contests of the year with Blackledge under center, further inflaming a quarterback controversy that continued into the 1986 season.Among these wins was the first time since 1972 that the Chiefs played the Atlanta Falcons, and merely the second in team history. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team's division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.One of the few remaining bright spots in a disappointing 6–10 season came in the regular season finale against San Diego when wide receiver Stephone Paige set an NFL record with 309 receiving yards in a 38–34 win, breaking the previous mark of 303 yards set by Cleveland's Jim Benton in 1945. Paige's mark was subsequently surpassed by a 336-yard effort by Flipper Anderson (Los Angeles Rams) in 1989.

1986 Los Angeles Raiders season

The 1986 Los Angeles Raiders season was their 27th in the league. They were unable to improve upon the previous season's output of 12–4, winning only eight games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

The 1986 season was marked by highly competitive games (only four of the Raiders' sixteen regular season games were decided by more than a touchdown). The campaign also marked the end of storied quarterback Jim Plunkett's career. After starting the season 0-3, the Raiders proceeded to win eight of their next nine games before losing their final four games to miss the playoffs.

1990 Denver Broncos season

The 1990 Denver Broncos season was the team's 31st year in professional football and its 21st with the National Football League (NFL). After reaching Super Bowl XXIV, the Broncos struggled and finished with their worst post-merger record in a 16-game season, 5-11. This mark would be eclipsed by the 2010 edition of the team, which finished 4-12.

1990 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1990 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 21st season in the National Football League, the 38th as the Kansas City Chiefs and the 31st overall. they improved from an 8-7-1 record to an 11–5 record and Wild Card spot in the 1991 playoffs. In Marty Schottenheimer's first playoff appearance with the Chiefs, they lost to the Miami Dolphins 17–16 in the Wild Card round. Starting with the home opener, the Chiefs began an NFL-record 18-straight seasons with every home game sold out. The streak was finally broken in the final home game of the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs season versus Cleveland.

1992 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1992 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League and the 33rd overall. The Chiefs matched their 10–6 record from 1991, but were shut out by the San Diego Chargers 17–0 in the Wild Card round.

During the season; the Chiefs wore a “WWD” patch on their jerseys in tribute to vice president of player personnel Whitey Dovell, who died in May 1992.

1993 Kansas City Chiefs season

The 1993 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League and the 34th overall. They improved on their 10-6 record from 1992 and won the AFC West and with an 11-5 record. Kansas City advanced all the way to the AFC Championship before losing to the Buffalo Bills 30–13, which started the Chiefs' NFL record 8 game playoff losing streak. It would be 22 years before the Chiefs would win another playoff game.The season marked the first for new quarterback Joe Montana, who was acquired through a trade with the San Francisco 49ers and running back Marcus Allen from the Los Angeles Raiders, both winners of five Super Bowl championships combined. This would be the last time until 2018 that the Chiefs would appear in the AFC Championship game or win a home playoff game.

1993 Pro Bowl

The 1993 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1992 season. The game was played on February 7, 1993, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC — 23, NFC — 20. Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills was the game's MVP. This was the first Pro Bowl to go into overtime. All four starting linebackers of the New Orleans Saints, who were collectively nicknamed the Dome Patrol, were part of the NFC squad. The Dome Patrol consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling. The game's referee was Howard Roe.

1993 San Diego Chargers season

The 1993 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 34th season, their 33rd in San Diego, and 24th in the National Football League.

The 1993 season began with the team trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 1992, however, They failed to do so and missed the playoffs by only one game and ended up with an 8-8 record.

1994 New York Jets season

The 1994 New York Jets season was the 35th season for the team and the 25th in the National Football League. It began with the team trying to improve upon its 8–8 record from 1993 under new head coach Pete Carroll. The franchise’s largest home crowd at that time, 75,606, watched the Jets battle Miami for a share of first place in the AFC East. The Jets led, 24–6, in the third quarter before Dan Marino led a furious comeback, capped by the “fake spike” touchdown pass to Mark Ingram, for the Dolphins’ 28–24 win. The Jets finished the season with a record of 6–10, losing six of their last seven games to end the season, and Carroll was fired.

Daryl Harr

Daryl Harr (born May 5, 1982) is a Canadian professional stock car racing driver. The St. Albert, Alberta native has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, K&N Pro Series West, CASCAR and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Jerrel Wilson

Jerrel Douglas Wilson (October 4, 1941 – April 9, 2005) was an American football a punter who spent 16 professional seasons, 15 of them with the Kansas City Chiefs, in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Wilson played in college at the University of Southern Mississippi. Nicknamed Thunderfoot, he was selected to three AFL All-Star Teams and three AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. Wilson was elected to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1988.His punts were high, booming shots that arched far down the field, potent weapons in the war for field position. Wilson seemed to have the explosiveness of dynamite in his foot, hence the more-than-appropriate nickname of "Thunderfoot." The Southern Mississippi alum was the Chiefs' punter for a team record 15 seasons and is considered one of the best ever to play in the game.

Selected in the 11th round of Kansas City's much heralded 1963 AFL Draft that brought in Hall of Fame members Buck Buchanan and Bobby Bell and fellow Chiefs Hall of Famer Ed Budde, Wilson played more seasons than any player in team history, and his 203 games played are the third most for any player in franchise history behind only guard Will Shields (224) and kicker Nick Lowery (212). He retired with multiple team records including a franchise-record 1,014 punts during his career, highest average yardage in a career with 43.6, in a season with 46.1, in a game with 56.5. Wilson owns the NFL record for most seasons leading the league in punting average with four, leading in 1965, 1968, 1972 and 1973.

Hall of Fame head coach Hank Stram said that Wilson "made other people aware of how important the kicking game was at a time when special times were not given special consideration. I'm prejudiced, but he's the best punter I ever saw. He'll go down in history as the best kicker in the NFL."

Wilson had four career punts of over 70 yards, which included a league leading 72-yard boot in his rookie year. He was named to three Pro Bowl teams in three consecutive years from 1970 to 1972. Wilson was also a reserve running back for the Chiefs and early in his career, accumulating 53 yards on 22 carries spread out over seven seasons. To close his career, Wilson played the 1978 season for the New England Patriots.

Wilson said, regarding his punting style, "The way I attack the football, every time I hit it, I try to bust it, unless I'm around the 50. Then I hit it high. Basically, my power comes from everything. I try to snap everything I have in my body, my hips, knees, everything."

Wilson died of cancer on April 9, 2005, in Bronson, Texas.

List of Kansas City Chiefs records

This article details statistics relating to the Kansas City Chiefs National Football League (NFL) American football team, including career, single season and games records.

Regular season statistics
Season Team (record) G FGM FGA % <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LNG BLK XPM XPA % PTS
1978 New England Patriots (11–5) 2 0 1 0.0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0 0 7 7 100.0 7
1980 Kansas City Chiefs (8–8) 16 20 26 76.9 0–0 6–6 7–9 3–4 4–7 57 0 37 37 100.0 97
1981 Kansas City Chiefs (9–7) 16 26 36 72.2 0–0 5–5 13–15 7–9 1–7 52 0 37 38 97.4 115
1982 Kansas City Chiefs (3–6) 9 19 24 79.2 2–2 4–4 5–5 8–10 0–3 47 0 17 17 100.0 74
1983 Kansas City Chiefs (6–10) 16 24 30 80.0 1–1 5–5 6–6 10–14 2–4 58 0 44 45 97.8 116
1984 Kansas City Chiefs (8–8) 16 23 33 69.7 0–0 7–7 6–11 8–10 2–5 52 0 35 35 100.0 104
1985 Kansas City Chiefs (6–10) 16 24 27 88.9 0–0 4–4 10–11 7–7 3–5 58 0 35 35 100.0 107
1986 Kansas City Chiefs (10–6) 16 19 26 73.1 1–1 5–6 5–5 8–13 0–1 47 0 43 43 100.0 100
1987 Kansas City Chiefs (4–11) 12 19 23 82.6 1–1 4–4 8–10 4–6 2–2 54 0 26 26 100.0 83
1988 Kansas City Chiefs (4–11–1) 16 27 32 84.4 0–0 7–8 9–11 8–10 3–3 51 0 23 23 100.0 104
1989 Kansas City Chiefs (8–7–1) 16 24 33 72.7 1–1 6–6 10–14 6–9 1–3 50 0 34 35 97.1 106
1990 Kansas City Chiefs (11–5) 16 34 37 91.9 2–2 5–5 21–22 6–7 0–1 48 0 37 38 100.0 139
1991 Kansas City Chiefs (10–6) 16 25 30 83.3 2–2 11–11 8–8 4–7 0–2 48 0 35 35 100.0 110
1992 Kansas City Chiefs (10–6) 15 22 24 91.7 0–0 9–10 9–9 3–4 1–1 52 0 39 39 100.0 105
1993 Kansas City Chiefs (11–5) 16 23 29 79.3 0–0 8–8 7–9 7–11 1–1 52 2 37 37 100.0 106
1994 New York Jets (6–10) 16 20 23 87.0 0–0 8–8 6–7 6–8 0–0 49 0 26 27 96.3 86
1995 New York Jets (3–13) 14 17 21 81.0 0–0 4–4 8–10 3–3 2–4 50 0 24 24 100.0 75
1996 New York Jets (1–15) 16 17 24 70.8 0–0 9–9 6–7 2–8 0–0 46 0 26 27 96.3 77
Career (18 seasons) 260 383 479 80.0 10–10 107–110 144–169 100–141 22–49 58 2 562 568 98.9 1711

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