Usually the only way kickers make news during minicamp season is if they start shanking kicks all over the training facility, but Sebastian Jankiwoski is an exception. Over his 13 seasons with the, placekicker has been one of the team’s constant icons. As the 35 year old Raiders legend enters a contract year, Janikowski has made it clear that he wants GM Reggie McKenzie to make sure his career ends in the Black Hole.
Speaking to Vic Tafur of SFGate.com Janikowski revealed that he feels that he could play well into this decade, even at age 35. He also said he sees himself playing in Oakland as long as the team wants him to stay, not wanting to leave to a contender like his punter and holder partner for so many years like Shane Lechler did in moving to the Houston Texans.
On staying in Oakland and his future career plans Janakowski had this to say to Tafur. “I would love to stay here and finish my career. This is where I started and where I would like to finish. I can go seven or eight years. If I stay healthy, I can keep going. I want to play as long as I can and win the Super Bowl. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Those comments are revealing as the fact that Janakowski was reported to be strong as ever at Raiders camp, showing that Janikowski is serious about his plans to stay around in the NFL. With the Raiders rebuilding that seven to eight season number on his career length might just be intentional as the Raiders look to the post-Davis era rebuilding with Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie.
Spending his entire career thus far working with Lechler as his holder on field goals, Janikowski will need to adjust to one of two Raiders punters as his 2013 holder, either and . While sad to see his longtime partner and friend in Lechler, a Raiders legend in his own right as one of the most prolific punters in NFL history, go, Janikowski didn’t have much to say when it came to Lechler’s jump to the Texans.
Janikowski was fifth in field goals in 2012, drilling 31 of his 34 attempts in another consistent as usual year for one of the best kickers of the era. Still having as powerful of a boot as ever, he made six of his famous 50 plus yard bombs in 2012.
While Janikowski wants to say in Oakland forever, his ambition of winning a Super Bowl may threaten his good intentions of staying in Oakland forever. A legend in Raiders Nation, it seems that Janikowski feels the love of a fan base that has clearly embraced him over a very long and respected NFL career and wants to stick around long enough to see the Raiders return back to playoff glory. It should be on Reggie McKenzie’s to-do list to ensure that he finishes his career as a Raider for life.