In life, there are just some things that a human being was born to do, and the Oakland Raiders place-kicker, Sebastian Janikowski, was born to kick field goals. He has kicked for his livelihood, and he has kicked his way into the hearts of the Raider Nation. Throughout his life, Janikowski has been able to overcome all odds by kicking a ball.
Now, Florida State University (FSU) is honoring Janikowski by inducting him into their Hall of Fame. This is just one step closer to what all of Raider Nation already knows Janikowski will achieve, induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. A soccer star at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, Janikowski joined the ranks at FSU in 1997. He played three seasons for the Seminoles and by the time he left, his name was all over the FSU record books. He had completed a collegiate career that placed him among the best in the history of the game.
Janikowski was a two-time consensus All-American (1998 & 1999), and he left as the ACC’s all-time scoring leader and co-holder of the FSU record for field goals in a game with five against NC State as a junior. The Raiders made the rare move, not too rare for Al Davis, by selecting Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The Raiders, and Raider Nation, have never been disappointed with his performance.
Now in his 14th year as a professional football player, Janikowski has been the leading scorer for the Oakland Raiders. He has appeared in 205 games wearing Silver and Black, and he has made 325 field goals and 419 extra point kicks. If you’re counting, that’s 1,394 points. Pretty impressive from a guy who doesn’t catch touchdowns or rush the football. In 14 seasons he has kicked 42 field goals from 50 yards or more, 89 from 40-49 yards, 100 from 30-39 yards, and 88 from 20-29 yards (Stats from NFL.com and ESPN.com).
Janikowski has a monster leg. In 2011, he tied the NFL record for longest field goal in Denver, Colorado, when he kicked a 63 yard field goal. Basically, the Oakland Raiders coaches know that they have a chance for 3 points if their offense can get the ball across the 50 yard line. This is the assurance that Janikowski gives to the Raiders.
Among his many accolades, Janikowski holds/shares 6 NFL records currently. In 2011, the man known to Raider Nation and his teammates as “Seabass,” made his first Pro-Bowl appearance. Along with his booming field goal leg, Seabass has kicked the ball off 962 times, but only 686 of those kickoff’s have been returned. I’ve heard that he really likes to kick it through the goal posts on a kickoff.
In the off-season of 2013, the Raiders rewarded the sure-footed kicker with a brand new contract that should keep Janikowski in the Silver and Black for the remainder of his career. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see him kick a record-setting field goal of over 65 yards. Why not, part of his home game day warm-ups include kicking 70+ yard field goals off the dirt at O.co Coliseum. You just never know.
We here at Just Blog Baby would just like to say congratulations to Sebastian Janikowski for making it into the FSU Hall of Fame. Seabass, you truly deserve it.
Here is his record tying field goal for your viewing pleasure: