He’s been the best kicker in the NFL for years now and in 2011 Sebastian Janikowski finally got his props. Long overlooked for the honor, Jano represented the Raiders at the Pro Bowl coming off a career season.
Once a punch line, Seabass is now among the most deadly weapons in the game and it’s Al Davis who is having the last laugh. His legendary leg has kicked two field goals of 60+ yards in the last three years including a record tying 63-yarder during Oakland’s Monday Night opener in Denver last season.
But nobody ever doubted Janikowski’s leg. It was his accuracy that was consistently questioned. In 2011 he put that baby to bed too hitting a ridiculous 88% of his kicks missing just four times in 35 attempts.
Having become the Raiders’ all-time scoring leader there is but one task that remains for the Janikowski legacy to be complete. He’s got to get back to the Super Bowl and help exorcise the demons of Chucky that still haunt the franchise. We know how important he is in close contests. Just think of what his life story would look like with a Super Bowl-winning 60-yarder written in the final chapter.
Carson Palmer likes the silver and black as title contenders. There are plenty of questions surrounding Palmer and the Oakland defense when it comes to Lombardi discussion. There is, however, no doubt whatsoever that Oakland’s special teams is the best in the business with Jano officially emerging as the most deadly weapon there is in the kicking game. If it comes down to one kick to win it all, I’m riding with Janikowski every time.