Ever seen an 85-yd FG??
Well, I have. During Cardinals training camp in Flagstaff, AZ (elevation 7000 feet – take THAT Jason Elam!) I had the pleasure of watching Neil Rackers kick several 70+ yarders. Amazing!
After Rackers’ missed FG Sunday against San Francisco, I figured we all needed some reminding about how good he actually is….
Some Neil Rackers factoids:
1. Was selected with the 3rd pick of the 5th round by the Cincinnati Bengals, fresh out of the University of Illinois.
2. 2005 was a great year: he was awarded with ESPN’s “Fantasy Kicker of the Year,” was selected to the Pro Bowl, and kicked his 40th FG of the season (against Indianapolis), setting a new NFL record.
3. Earned 11 varsity letters in baseball, soccer, and football – an Aquinas-Mercy High School record (in his native St. Louis, MO.)
4. Joined the Cardinals in 2003 (mid season.)
5. In 2004 he set a new franchise record with 23 touchbacks and kicked 5-50+ yd FGs, including 3 in ONE GAME (v. Seattle, 10/24/2004.)
6. 2006 marked his 2nd consecutive 100-point season.
(Sources: nflplayers.com, wikipedia.org)