Player Spotlight: Neil Rackers

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.

Neil Rackers after miss on 11/25 vs. 49ers

(Sources: nflplayers.com, wikipedia.org)