The morning NFL headlines have been dominated by kickers — who would have ever guessed that. The latest kicker to require attention is Oakland Raiders former first-round pick Sebastian Janikowski. There is no secret in the league that kickers have the longest shelf life of any position and there is a great chance that they can play well in to their 30s and even their early 40s, so when Janikowski says he wants to play in the league for 7 or 8 more years, it isn’t as crazy as it seems.
“I would love to stay here and finish my career,” Janikowski told the San Francisco Chronicle “This is where I started and where I would like to finish. . . . I can go seven or eight years. If I stay healthy, I can keep going. I want to play as long as I can and win the Super Bowl. That’s the ultimate goal.”
That time frame would put Janikowki at 42 or 43 years old. It certainly isn’t out of the question.
Janikowski is known most for his strong leg and his love of beer, and that has resulted in him developing a bit of a cult following among the kicker friendly fans.
If Janikowski does play for nearly another decade, the fans and Raiders would continue to benefit from watching him play, and he could go down as one of the best kickers to ever play the game.
Not only was he a kicker drafted in the first round, he could be a kicker headed to the Hall of Fame.