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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Top 25 Prolific Kicking Careers

Courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference, following is the current list of the top 25 career scorers in NFL history. All 25 are kickers, although George Blanda also did a bit of scoring on offense. The highest scoring non-kicker, wide receiver Jerry Rice, currently sits at 26th on the list.

  1. 2,544 Morten Andersen, 1982-2007
  2. 2,434 Gary Anderson, 1982-2004
  3. 2,044 John Carney (45), 1988-
  4. 2,004 Matt Stover (41), 1991-
  5. 2,002 George Blanda, 1949-1975
  6. 1,983 Jason Elam, 1993-2009
  7. 1,835 Jason Hanson (39), 1992-
  8. 1,736 Norm Johnson, 1982-1999
  9. 1,731 John Kasay (40), 1991-
10. 1,711 Nick Lowery, 1978-1996
11. 1,699 Jan Stenerud, 1967-1985
12. 1,608 Lou Groza, 1946-1967
13. 1,594 Eddie Murray, 1980-2000
14. 1,584 Al Del Greco, 1984-2000
15. 1,530 Adam Vinatieri, (37) 1996-
16. 1,502 Ryan Longwell, (35) 1997-
17. 1,476 Steve Christie, 1990-2004
18. 1,470 Pat Leahy, 1974-1991
19. 1,439 Jim Turner, 1964-1979
20. 1,422 Matt Bahr, 1979-1995
21. 1,416 Jeff Wilkins, 1994-2007
22. 1,382 Mark Moseley, 1970-1986
23. 1,380 Jim Bakken, 1962-1978
24. 1,365 Fred Cox, 1963-1977
25. 1,314 Olindo Mare (36), 1997-

A few observations and notes:
  • John Carney and Matt Stover are the highest active players on the list, although neither is presently on an NFL roster.
  • Jason Hanson and John Kasay are both within range of hitting the 2000 point plateau in a few years.
  • Can anyone catch Anderson and Andersen? Although five other active players on the list are closer, Ryan Longwell might have the best odds as he is the youngest of the active players.
  • Which kicker is closest to joining the top 25? David Akers, age 35, currently has 1182 points and is 31st on the list.

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