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38. Jan Stenerud

There are a lot of strange stories to get to a sporting Hall of Fame but there are few that were as unlikely as that of Jan Stenerud.

Stenerud arrived to the United States from Norway on a ski jumping scholarship to Montana State and he was “discovered” by practicing kicking footballs on the offseason.  Not only was he a natural, he would become a six time Pro Bowler, five with Kansas City where he helped to usher in a wave of specialized kickers. 

He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Place Kicker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round in the AFL Draft 11/27/65
  • Departed: Signed with the Green Bay Packers prior to the 1980 Season.
  • Games Played: 186
  • Notable Statistics:

    558 Field Goal Attempts

    373 Field Goals Made

    64.0 Field Goal Percentage

    409 Extra Point Attempts

    494 Extra Points Made

    96.3 Extra Points Percentage

    1 Punt

    28 Punting Yards
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (IV)

    AFL Champion (1969)

    First Team All Pro (1970)

    Second Team All Pro (1975)

    Pro Bowl (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1975)

    Most Field Goals Made (1967, 1970 & 1975)

    Highest Field Goal Percentage (1968 & 1969)
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