I was recently looking at past draft picks and realized that kickers are the least drafted position in the NFL Draft. This raised the question in my mind “Why does no one think kickers are a vital part of any football team?” I thought I would inform everyone today why I believe kickers are one of the most vital parts of the team.
First, think about a kickoff. We watch it and don’t think much of it. However, a kickoff is probably the most vital part of the football game. It not only starts the game, but it also determines how far the opposing offense will have to move to get points. A well placed kickoff can put a team as far back as the ten yard-line. If you have a bad kicker who cannot kick far, a return for a touchdown is very likely.
Second, a field-goal can be the most important part of the entire football game. Go back to 1991 when the Buffalo Bills played the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. All Buffalo needed was a field goal to win the Super Bowl and be declared NFL Champions. However, the field goal was missed and caused Buffalo to go without a Super Bowl for their whole existence after the AFL-NFL merger. Also, think back more recently to the extra point that may have caused the Patriots a chance at the Super Bowl. Thanks to a missed extra-point by Gostowski of the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos moved on to Super Bowl 50. As can be seen, a good kicker can make the difference between a win and a loss.
In conclusion, give kickers the credit they deserve. Draft them in the early rounds, give them a pat on the back, pay attention to their big plays. Who knows, your kicker might be the reason you win (or lose) the Super Bowl.
I’ll leave you with this video of the Top 10 Kicker Moments. Thanks for reading!