Originally Posted by njx9
Originally Posted by bigbluedefense
i don't buy that a guy who hasn't, historically, been a very good regular season kicker should get in just because of a couple of playoff appearances. unless, of course, you're prepared to argue that Terrell Davis should get in for the same reason.
1. He set the Patriots all time scoring record. Obviously, that's not someone who "hasn't historically been a very good regular season kicker." Granted, the Patriots haven't had this long list of storied offensive players in their history, but Gino Cappaletti was a good one and he was the previous holder. You don't just do something like that
2. He has 1209 career points, putting him just a good season outside of the top 20, and he's done it in 10 years, this being his 11th.
3. "A couple playoff appearances" ????? He has only won the Super Bowl on one of his kicks THREE times. I may be mistaken, but he's the only player to ever do it once. Not only that, but the snow game against Oakland, MANY regular season games (including last week)
4 (and most important). He's only 33. By kicker's standards, he's still got another 10 years of productivity.
Morten Anderson has averaged 100.08 points per year (2402/24) over his career. Adam Vinitieri has averaged 109.91 (1209/11) (and that's counting this year, which isn't over, for both). How about them apples?
So in conclusion:
Huge kicks in games that count > longevity.