Oakland Raiders veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski has no plans to retire, and hopes to still be playing when the team relocates to Las Vegas.
Having just turned 39 years young in early March, Oakland Raider kicker Sebastian Janikowski is entering his 18th season in the NFL, all with the Silver and Black. And he has no plans on stopping any time soon.
Speaking with the media following Wednesday’s mini-camp session, Janikowski said that he plans on playing until the team kicks him out.
Specifically, Janikowski said that he aims to still be playing with the team when they relocate to Las Vegas. Perhaps a lofty goal considering it may not be until 2020 that this happens, but special teams coordinator Brad Seely is still speaking highly of him.
"“I don’t see any dropoff,” special teams coordinator Brad Seely said Wednesday. “We’ve done kickoffs a couple times in the OTAs. I had him actually kick the ball off, and man, he’s still got a powerful leg. There’s a reason he’s still playing at this level. He takes care of his body. He really works hard in practice. He wants to be good in his craft. I can’t say enough about him. I’ve been fortunate enough to coach a lot of great kickers in my career. This guy is on that list of guys. He’s a great one.”"
Janikowski has only been to the playoffs four times his career, including one Super Bowl appearance. So while he is still playing, there is of course one ultimate goal he has in mind:
"“We can make the playoffs, he said, “but the goal is to win the whole thing. Playoffs is not going to be good enough for us. I’m shooting for the ultimate goal — championship.”"
As a former first-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Janikowski is one of two players from that draft class that is still in the NFL — the other player being Tom Brady. So even though Janikowski being a first-round pick as a kicker was and is still insane, it’s incredible that he is still going strong. Some other players would have helped in the short-term, but his longevity is worth something.
If Seabass can continue to play for the next few seasons, he’ll continue to etch his name into the record books and into Raiders history. These are the records he currently holds:
- Longest field goal in overtime: 57 yards
- Most field goals in one quarter: 4
- Most field goals of 50+ yards in a career: 55
- Most field goals of 60+ yards in a career: 2 (tied with Greg Zuerlein)
- Most field goals attempted of 60+ yards in a career: 8
- Most field goals of 50+ yards in one game: 3 (now tied with Justin Tucker)
- Most extra points in a Pro Bowl: 8
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Not to mention being the Raiders all-time scoring leader, with more than twice the points of second place George Blanda.
In 2016, Seabass converted on 82.9 percent of his attempts, which is above his career average of 80.4. But where he regressed was from 50 or more yards, making just three of eight attempts. This is where Raider Nation is hoping he’ll get back to form in 2017, while not taking a step back in a different area.