Gil Brandt of NFL.com made a list of the top 20 NFL place-kickers of all time, and none other than Baltimore’s own Justin Tucker sits atop it.
While Ravens fans undoubtedly feel Tucker is the best kicker of all time, there is still room for debate surrounding who truly deserves that title. Many will swear by former Patriots legend and current Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who kicked the game-winning field goals of Super Bowl XXXVI and XXXVIII for New England. However, at only 28, Tucker has the opportunity to surpass Vinatieri in every statistical category.
After going undrafted out of the University of Texas in 2012, Tucker signed with Baltimore and helped the team win Super Bowl XLVII. He has since been voted to two Pro Bowls and has been named a First Team All-Pro twice. Tucker is also the most accurate kicker in NFL history, making 89.8 percent of his kicks and never missing an extra point in his career.
During his sophomore season in 2013, Tucker set the record for the longest field goal in franchise history with a 61-yard game-winner against the Lions. Tucker delivered a historical season in 2016, making 38 of 39 field goals with his only miss being a blocked kick. His longest kick was 57-yards long, and Tucker scored a franchise record 141 points, winning several games for the Ravens that season. Tucker also holds the franchise record for the most field goals in a single season (38) and the most field goals in a single game (six).
While Tucker does not have dramatic Super Bowl victories on his resume like Vinatieri, he will surely receive a gold jacket and bust in Canton one day as the greatest kicker the NFL has ever seen.