Dec 4, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell (8) kicks a 25 yard field goal against the Denver Broncos as punter Chris Kluwe (4) holds the ball in the second quarter at the Metrodome. The Broncos win 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell retires

There aren’t a ton of NFL kickers who make a lasting impact on their franchises, but Ryan Longwell isn’t your average kicker.

The one time Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings field goal artist decided to hang up the cleats today, announcing his retirement.

Per TMJ 4:

The Green Bay Packers announced that the team’s all-time leading scorer is retiring with the team, even after playing six years with the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite crossing enemy lines and playing with the Vikings, the Packers couldn’t let their all-time leading scorer retire in a different uniform, so they brought him back to sign a one day contract, allowing him to retire in green and gold.

Longwell scored 1,054 points as a Packer before signing with the Vikings in 2006.

His exit from the Packers was rough as he went out on a bad note, hitting just 74% of his field goals during his final season with Green Bay. Longwell’s best seasons (at least statistically) came in 2009 and 2010 where he hit nearly 93.5% of the field goals he attempted.

The 38 year old kicker ends his career with an 83.3% accuracy rating, good for 14th all-time.

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