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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Feets with the Mostest

Who has used their feet to score more points than anyone else in their respective sports?

Pelé - Soccer/Football/Futbol

"Pelé's goalscoring record is often reported as being 1280 goals in 1363 games. This figure includes goals scored by Pelé in non-competitive club matches, for example, international tours Pelé completed with Santos and the New York Cosmos, and games Pelé played in for armed forces teams during his national service in Brazil.... While his birth certificate shows his first name as Edison, it is as Pelé that he has become a sporting legend. He is widely regarded by polls among football experts, former players and fans as the greatest footballer of all time. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football in addition to being officially declared football ambassador of the world by FIFA."
Landon Donovan - MLS (Major League Soccer)
"After more than eight months of waiting, LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has finally notched goal No. 135 to become the new MLS all-time goal king. The goal, assisted by Robbie Keane, came in the 50th minute of the Galaxy's match against the Philadelphia Union at StubHub Center. Keane was released in behind the Philly defense, where he eluded a tackle and played a cross to the far post. Donovan was there to slam the ball into the open net. With his 135th goal, Donovan surpassed Jeff Cunningham on the all-time goalscoring list. Cunningham held the record of 134 goals since scoring for the Columbus Crew on August 27, 2011. Donovan then added a second goal – the 136th regular-season goal of his career – in the 81st minute. He was replaced two minutes later, walking off to a standing ovation from the Galaxy crowd and chants of "USA! USA!" "
Morten Andersen - NFL (National Football League)
"Morten Andersen (born in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a former American football kicker. He holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history, as well as being the all-time leading scorer for two different teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons. He is known as "The Great Dane".... On December 16, 2006, Andersen passed Gary Anderson to become the all-time leading scorer in NFL history.... At the end of his career Andersen held (and still holds) the following NFL records: most games played (382), most field goals attempted (709), most field goals (565), most points (2,544)"
Jeff Schebler - NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
Schebler recently completed his college football career at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. On November 21, 2009 he scored 10 points in a Division III playoff win over Lakeland to become the NCAA’s all-time point leader among place-kickers, passing the previous mark of 433 set by Art Carmody of Louisville. Schebler finished his career with 470 points.
Lui Passaglia - CFL (Canadian Football League)
"Passaglia is a former professional Canadian football player. Passaglia was the placekicker/punter for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for a record-breaking 25 years (1976–2000) and scored more points in that time than any professional gridiron football player in history. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the BC Lions Wall of Fame.... Passaglia holds many CFL regular season records including total points scored (3,991), most converts at 1,045 (560 consecutive—he missed only three), most field goals at 875 (of 1,203 attempted), best single season field goal percentage at 90.9% (40 of 44 in 2000, his final year of play), and most single points at 309."
Remy Hamilton - AFL (Arena Football League)
"In college, he was an All-American for the Michigan Wolverines football team. As a professional, he played for the Detroit Lions of the NFL in addition to exhibition and training camp experience with the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears. He also played for the Grand Rapids Rampage, Carolina Cobras, Milwaukee Mustangs, Los Angeles Avengers, and Dallas Desperados of the AFL. In the AFL, he holds records for all-time career points and single-season kick points."
Tony Lockett - AFL (Australian Football League)
"Lockett is a former Australian rules football player. Lockett is the highest goal scorer in the history of the VFL/AFL with 1,360 goals in a career of 281 games, that commenced in 1983 with the St Kilda Football Club, and finished in 2002 with the Sydney Swans. Lockett is the only full-forward ever to win the coveted Brownlow Medal, in 1987, a season in which he was decorated with several honours. He is a four-time Coleman Medallist, kicked more than 100 goals in a season on six occasions, and is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame."
Jonny Wilkinson - Rugby/Football
"Jonny Wilkinson will forever be remembered as the man who kicked England to Rugby World Cup glory in Australia in 2003 - slotting a last-gasp drop goal in extra-time to edge out the hosts in a thrilling tournament finale. Regularly a left-footer, the talented fly-half slotted that memorable kick with his right foot to cement his place in English sporting history. That moment is just one highlight of a record-breaking career that has seen Wilkinson rise to one of the sport's all-time greats.... In March 2008, he became the all-time leading Test points scorer, overtaking Wales' Neil Jenkins. His first converted penalty against Scotland at Murrayfield, took him three points past Jenkins' tally of 1090 Test rugby points.... Wilkinson announced his international retirement following the 2011 World Cup but continued to shine for Toulon and opted to sign a new one-year contract in 2013 that he celebrated by steering the club to Heineken Cup glory."

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