Ryan Longwell

Ryan Walker Longwell (born August 16, 1974[1]), is a retired American football kicker. After playing college football for the California Golden Bears, he started his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers, but never played a game for the franchise. He then played for the Green Bay Packers from 1997 to 2005. He played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2011. He also played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2012 playoffs.

Ryan Longwell
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Longwell playing for the Green Bay Packers
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Position:Kicker
Personal information
Born:August 16, 1974 (age 44)
Seattle, Washington
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Bend (OR)
College:California
Undrafted:1997
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • NFC champion (1997)
  • Packers Hall of Fame (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Field goals made:361
Field goals attempted:434
Field goals %:83.2
Long field goal:55
Points scored:1,687
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Longwell attended high school in Bend, Oregon, where he played high school football for Bend High School's Lava Bears.[1] A three-year letter winner in football as a kicker, Longwell also was the team's back-up quarterback.[1] He also played baseball as a third baseman, earning three letters in that sport.[1] He earned all-conference honors in both sports.[1]

In 1993, he started college at the University of California, Berkeley where he played football and earned four varsity letters.[1] At California he served as both a punter and placekicker for the team, earning all-conference honors in the Pac-10 his senior year as a punter and second team honors as a kicker.[1] Longwell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.[1]

Professional football

Green Bay Packers

Longwell was acquired by the Green Bay Packers off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in 1997. With the Packers, Longwell played in Super Bowl XXXII, where he kicked one field goal and three extra points in their 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. He spent his first 9 seasons playing for the Packers, and scored over 120 points during 6 of those seasons. By the end of his 7th season in Green Bay, Longwell had passed Hall of Famer Don Hutson to become the Packers all-time leading scorer. And while Mason Crosby has since passed him, Longwell remains second on Green Bay’s all-time scoring list.

Minnesota Vikings

Longwell signed a free agent contract with the Vikings in the 2006 offseason. In his second game with the Minnesota Vikings, Longwell had one of the best performances of his career. He was responsible for all 16 of the Vikings points in a 16-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, kicking three field goals (including the game-winning field goal in overtime) and throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal play in the fourth quarter. In the 2008 season finale against the New York Giants, he kicked a 50-yard field goal with no time left to help the Vikings clinch the division in a 20-19 victory.

During the 2010 offseason, Longwell, a close friend of Brett Favre, became a sort of unofficial spokesman for Favre, as the media frequently questioned him on whether Favre would return to the Vikings or retire. When Longwell picked Favre up at the airport in Minnesota on August 17, 2010, TV station helicopters followed Longwell's SUV all the way to Vikings headquarters.[2]

Seattle Seahawks and retirement

On January 8, 2013, Longwell was signed by the Seattle Seahawks after Steven Hauschka suffered a calf injury.[3] On August 12, 2013, the Green Bay Packers announced that Longwell would retire as a Packer.[4]

Records

  • Second leading scorer in Green Bay Packers history with 1054 points.
  • Has the second-most field goals in Green Bay Packers history with 226.
  • Kicked third-longest field goal in Green Bay Packers history (54 yards - tied with Chris Jacke and Dave Rayner)
  • Most points by a player who never made a pro bowl (1,687)

Family

Longwell is the cousin of 1992 and 1996 Olympic athlete Michael Orr.[1] He is married to Sarah Longwell, and they have two children, Shaye and Reece.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ryan Longwell NFLPA.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/news/story?id=5470904
  3. ^ Hanzus, Dan (January 8, 2013). "Ryan Longwell to sign with Seattle Seahawks". National Football League. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "K Ryan Longwell retires as a Packer". Packers.com. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.

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Preceded by
Chris Jacke
Green Bay Packers starting kickers
1997–2005
Succeeded by
Dave Rayner
1996 Aloha Bowl

The 1996 Aloha Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 25, 1996, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was part of the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Navy Midshipmen, and the Cal Golden Bears.

The game started with California cornerback Deltha O'Neal taking the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving the Golden Bears a 6-0 lead, but the extra point was blocked. Navy answered with a 7-yard touchdown run from tailback Tim Canada taking a 7-6 lead with 6:21 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The Golden Bears retook the lead just 3 minutes later with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Pat Barnes to Bobby Shaw giving Cal a 13-7 lead. The Midshipmen answered with two scores in the opening 5 minutes of the second stanza giving the Midshipmen a 21-13 lead. Navy had scored on touchdown drives of 76 and 95 yards.

With 6 minutes to play in the first half, Cal quarterback Pat Barnes found wide receiver Sean Bullard for a 20-yard touchdown pass, and found Na'il Benjamin for the two-point conversion tying the game at 21.The Cal defense than forced a 3 and out, and Deltha O'Neal scored on a 31 yard wide receiver reverse giving the Golden Bears a 28-21 lead.

With just 39 seconds in the first half, Navy quarterback Chris McCoy threw a 2-yard touchdown pass tying the game at 28, but Cal answered with a 20-yard Pat Barnes strike to Bobby Shaw, giving Cal a 35-28 lead going into halftime.

The second half featured less scoring. In the third quarter, Ryan Longwell kicked a 41-yard field goal to give Cal a 38-28 lead.In the fourth quarter, with 8 minutes remaining, back up quarterback Ben Fay forever became a part of Navy Football lore as he came off the bench and led the first of 2 Navy 4th quarter drives first scored on a 3-yard touchdown run making the score 38-35. Cal drove deep into Navy territory, but turned it over at the Navy 16-yard line with 3 minutes left. Then with just 1:41 remaining in the game, Fay scored on the gamewinning 10-yard touchdown run, making the final 42-38 Navy.

The game was notable for its offensive output, with both teams putting up 1080 combined yards, an Aloha Bowl record. Navy rolled up 646 yards of total offense in the game. The first half featured 63 points being scored. Wide receiver Cory Schemm broke the bowl game record for receiving yards with 193 in the game.

1997 Green Bay Packers season

The 1997 Green Bay Packers season was their 79th season overall and their 77th in the National Football League. The season concluded with the team winning its second consecutive NFC championship, but losing in a 31–24 upset to John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. The team narrowly missed its opportunity to post back-to-back Super Bowl wins.

After a dominating 1996 campaign which ended with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, many expected the Packers to repeat as champions in 1997. During training camp, star safety LeRoy Butler, among others, said that the Packers had the chance to run the table and go 19–0. This opinion drew increased coverage from the media as the Packers notched impressive victories in all five preseason games. The undefeated hype ended quickly, however, when Green Bay lost week 2 in Philadelphia.

Following a relatively slow 3–2 start, the Packers caught fire in the second half of the season, finishing with a 13–3 regular season record and 8–0 home record for the second consecutive year. In the playoffs, Green Bay defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field in the divisional round, and San Francisco 49ers at 3Com Park in the NFC Championship. Some in the media dubbed the NFC title game as "the real Super Bowl" because of the 49ers' and Packers' league dominance, and the relative inferiority of the AFC in recent Super Bowls. Green Bay's win marked the third consecutive year the team had defeated San Francisco in the playoffs.

The Packers entered Super Bowl XXXII as 11 1/2-point favorites. The point spread was likely determined by Green Bay's victory in the previous Super Bowl, the AFC's string of 13 consecutive Super Bowl losses, and Denver's losses in four previous Super Bowls. The game itself was a seesaw battle, and one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history. The Broncos won the thriller 31–24, earning John Elway his first Super Bowl victory at the age of 37, and the first championship in franchise history. Years later, Brett Favre said the Broncos were far underrated, and credited Denver's innovative blitz packages and strategies, foreign to the league at that time, for confusing the Packers.

Packers' quarterback Brett Favre was named the league's MVP for the third year in a row in 1997. Favre was the first player in the history of the award to win three MVPs, and remains the only player to have won three MVPs consecutively. The Packers became the first team to have six NFL MVP award winners.The 1997 Packers are one of only two teams in NFL history to win seven games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs.

1999 Green Bay Packers season

The 1999 Green Bay Packers season was their 81st season overall and their 79th in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Ray Rhodes. The Packers finished 8–8, posting their worst record since Brett Favre took over the helm as the Packers' starting quarterback.

2000 Green Bay Packers season

The 2000 Green Bay Packers season was their 82nd season overall and their 80th in the National Football League. It was the first season for which Mike Sherman was the head coach of the team. Sherman was the thirteenth head coach in franchise history. The Packers finished 9–7, failing to qualify for the playoffs. The Packers total offense ranked 15th in the league, and their total defense ranked 15th in the league.

2001 Chicago Bears season

The 2001 Chicago Bears season was their 82nd regular season and 23rd postseason completed in the National Football League. The team posted a surprising 13–3 record under head coach Dick Jauron en route to an NFC Central title and the number two seed in the NFC. The Bears, led by Jim Miller, seemed like a team of destiny, with five comeback wins during the season, including two straight improbable wins where safety Mike Brown returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. However, it was not to be as the Bears were upset at home by the Philadelphia Eagles 33–19 in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

2003 Chicago Bears season

The 2003 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League. The team improved to a 7–9 over its 4–12 record from 2002,under head coach Dick Jauron. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel with quarterbacks Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler, and rookie Rex Grossman. In the end, head coach Dick Jauron was fired after the conclusion of the season.

2004 Green Bay Packers season

The 2004 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 86th season overall and their 84th in the National Football League.

The season started with the Packers on a losing streak of four of their first five games, then winning their next six games, and finally ending in a Wild Card playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They finished with an overall record of 10–6. This was the second time the Packers had lost a playoff game at Lambeau.

2005 Green Bay Packers season

The 2005 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 87th season overall and their 85th in the National Football League.

This season was their worst record since their 1991 season. The Packers suffered injuries to wide receivers Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson and running backs Ahman Green, Najeh Davenport, Tony Fisher, and Samkon Gado.

As a result of the season, many of the Packers coaches were fired, including head coach Mike Sherman.

2006 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2006 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 46th in the National Football League. Under new head coach Brad Childress, the team finished with a 6–10 record; however, they led the league in rushing defense, surrendering only 985 rushing yards, making them one of only two franchises in NFL history to allow fewer than 1,000 rushing yards in a 16-game season (the other was the Super Bowl champion 2000 Baltimore Ravens).

The season saw the Vikings change their uniforms, which remained until 2012.

2007 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2007 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 47th in the National Football League. The Vikings' 8–8 record under second-year head coach Brad Childress was an improvement on their 6–10 record in 2006; nonetheless, for the third straight year, the Vikings failed to make the playoffs.

Although they had the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2007, surrendering 4,225 passing yards, the Vikings finished the season with the league's best defense against the run, allowing only 74.1 rushing yards per game, as well as the best rushing offense with running backs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. Peterson was named 2007 Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2007.

2008 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2008 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 48th in the NFL and their third under head coach Brad Childress. They won their 17th NFC North title with a 10–6 record, the first time since 2000 that they made the playoffs and finished with a winning record, but had to play in the wild card round of the playoffs, where they were paired with Childress's former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, who ended the Vikings' season with a 26–14 win. Second-year running back Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing with 1,760 yards.

2009 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2009 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 49th in the National Football League and their fourth under head coach Brad Childress. The Vikings improved upon their 10–6 record and defended their NFC North title from 2008, their first successful defense of a divisional title since they won six NFC Central titles in a row between 1973 and 1978. They beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, but lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, missing out on what would have been their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl XI in 1976. The Vikings had ten Pro Bowlers and four All-Pros on their roster, both league-highs for the season.

2009–10 NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 2009 season began on January 9, 2010. The postseason tournament concluded with the New Orleans Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, 31–17, on February 7, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Wild Card round featured three games that were re-matches of Week 17 games.

2010 Minnesota Vikings season

The 2010 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 50th in the National Football League, and the fifth under head coach Brad Childress. After a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship ended their 2009 season, the Vikings had hoped to defend their NFC North division title for the third year in a row and contend again for a Super Bowl championship. However, Brett Favre was unable to recover from the injuries he had sustained in the NFC Championship and turned in abysmal performances for most of the season, being forced to sit out three games due to injuries and breaking his consecutive start record at 297 games since September 1992. After the Vikings fell to a 3–7 record with a 31–3 division loss to the Green Bay Packers in week 11, Childress was fired and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was named as his interim replacement, going 3–3 in his six games in charge before taking over the job permanently at the end of the season. The team finished 6–10 and ended up in last place in the division for the first time since 1990.

Further woes befell the team when wide receiver Percy Harvin missed two games due to persistent migraine headaches. On December 12, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's inflatable roof collapsed for the first time since 1986 after a heavy snowfall. As a consequence, the Vikings had to play that week's game against the Giants at Detroit's Ford Field on Monday night. Since the Metrodome's roof could not be repaired in time, the team was forced to play the Bears in Week 15 at TCF Bank Stadium for their first outdoor home game since 1981.

Charley Brock

Charles Jacob "Charley" Brock (March 15, 1916 – May 25, 1987) was an American football center and linebacker.

Chris Jacke

Christopher Lee Jacke (born March 12, 1966) is a former professional American football placekicker best known for playing for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League.

Before his NFL career, Jacke played collegiately at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He went on to play eight seasons with the Packers from 1989 to 1996. In his last year with the Packers, he assisted the Packers to a 13-3 record and a win in Super Bowl XXXI, defeating Drew Bledsoe and the New England Patriots. In 1997, Jacke became a free agent and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. During training camp he was injured and never played a game for them. Later that season he was signed by the Washington Redskins, only playing in one game. He finished his football career with the Arizona Cardinals for the 1998 and 1999 NFL seasons.Jacke previously held a record for the longest field goal to end overtime (53 yards) and is fourth behind Mason Crosby, Ryan Longwell and Don Hutson all time for the Packers in scoring.Jacke was a first-team AP All-Pro in 1993 and is a 2013 inductee into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame was the first hall of fame built to honor a single professional American football team. William L. Brault, a Green Bay restaurateur and Packers fan, founded the Hall of Fame in 1966. According to Brault, he got the idea after visitors to Green Bay would repeatedly ask about the Packers' storied history. Sensing opportunity, Brault went to Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, suggesting a "Hall of Fame" should be made to educate tourists about the Packers and their history. Lombardi gave Brault his approval, and according to Brault, as he left, Lombardi called out to him, "Don't screw it up!"

The "Hall" started off as a series of exhibits displayed in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, although it was not a permanent residence, as the exhibits had to be removed each autumn to make room for the Green Bay Bobcats hockey team, which played its home games at the Arena. In 1967, the Packer Hall of Fame Association, a separate corporate entity from the team, was founded and annual induction banquets were subsequently launched in 1970. The Hall did not become a permanent site until 1976 when its new home, an addition to the Brown County Veterans Arena, was formally dedicated on April 3, 1976, by President Gerald R. Ford. Outside of the Hall of Fame was a 'Receiver Statue' that was dedicated to the invention of the Forward Pass.

Over the next 26 years, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame encountered many expansions and renovations. In 2003, renovations to Lambeau Field provided a new home within the new Lambeau Field Atrium for the Hall. Packers legends Bart Starr and Ron Wolf rededicated the Hall on September 4, 2003. The Hall contains a vast array of Packers memorabilia, a re-creation of Vince Lombardi's office, plaques representing each of the inductees and the Lombardi trophies from Green Bay's four Super Bowl wins. As of 2017, the Packers Hall of Fame has inducted 159 people, 24 of whom have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2018 inductees were offensive tackle Mark Tauscher and kicker Ryan Longwell.

Green Bay Packers records

This article details statistics relating to the Green Bay Packers.

Mark Tauscher

Mark Tauscher (; born June 17, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl XLV with them over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Wisconsin. He now provides studio commentary for NFL coverage on Sky Sports in Britain.

Regular season statistics
Season Team (record) G FGM FGA % <20 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LNG BLK XPM XPA % PTS
1997 Green Bay Packers (13–3) 16 24 30 80.0 4–4 7–8 10–13 2–4 1–1 50 2 48 48 100.0 120
1998 Green Bay Packers (11–5) 16 29 33 87.9 1–1 6–6 13–15 9–10 0–1 45 0 41 43 95.3 128
1999 Green Bay Packers (8–8) 16 25 30 83.3 0–0 8–9 8–9 8–10 1–2 50 3 38 38 100.0 113
2000 Green Bay Packers (9–7) 16 33 38 86.8 0–0 7–8 10–10 13–15 3–5 52 1 32 32 100.0 131
2001 Green Bay Packers (9–7) 16 20 31 64.5 0–0 3–4 9–10 7–14 1–3 54 2 44 45 97.8 104
2002 Green Bay Packers (12–4) 16 28 34 82.4 1–1 8–9 12–13 7–10 0–1 49 1 44 44 100.0 128
2003 Green Bay Packers (10–6) 16 23 26 88.5 0–0 5–5 11–11 6–9 1–1 50 0 51 51 100.0 120
2004 Green Bay Packers (10–6) 16 24 28 85.7 0–0 8–8 8–9 6–8 2–3 53 0 48 48 100.0 120
2005 Green Bay Packers (4–12) 16 20 27 74.1 0–0 7–7 6–10 3–5 4–5 53 1 30 31 96.8 90
2006 Minnesota Vikings (6–10) 16 21 25 84.0 2–2 7–7 8–8 4–6 0–2 49 2 27 28 96.4 90
2007 Minnesota Vikings (8–8) 16 20 24 83.3 0–0 3–3 6–6 10–11 1–4 55 1 39 40 96.9 99
2008 Minnesota Vikings (10–6) 16 29 34 85.3 0–0 10–10 7–9 6–9 6–6 54 2 40 40 100.0 127
2009 Minnesota Vikings (12–4) 16 26 28 92.9 1–1 10–10 5–6 8–9 2–2 52 2 54 55 98.2 132
2010 Minnesota Vikings (6–10) 16 17 18 94.4 0–0 7–7 8–9 2–2 0–0 48 1 30 31 96.8 81
2011 Minnesota Vikings (3–13) 16 22 28 78.6 0–0 7–7 7–8 6–10 2–3 53 1 38 39 97.4 104
Career (15 seasons) 240 361 434 83.2 9–9 103–108 128–146 97–132 24–39 55 19 604 613 98.5 1687

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