If you are a football fan, you know the name Sebastian Janikowski. The man is a living legend and made being an NFL kicker look like the best job on the planet. It’s now time to cheers the fan-favorite because he is stepping away for good.
At 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds, the Polish man everybody calls Seabass was not your normal kicker, but he become one of the greatest of all time at his position. He was bigger than everyone, had a rocket launcher for a left leg, and made kicks nobody else really could for two decades.
Janikowski finishes his career after 284 regular-season games (16th all-time), 436 made field goals (9th), 542 field goal attempts (10th), and 1,913 points scored (10th), according to NFL.com.
“It was a good run,” he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I still think of the Super Bowl — it still hurts.”
An All-American kicker at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, Janikowski was an absolute stud playing for the Florida State Seminoles. He was a two-time Consensus All-American, won the Lou Garza Award in 1998 and 1999, and helped Bobby Bowden’s ‘Noles win the 2000 BCS National Championship over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Janikowski was then selected in the first round (No. 17 overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2000 NFL Draft, where he would play all but one season in the Bay Area, and many with longtime punter Shane Lechler. The Raiders were pretty bold and daring to take a kicker as one of their top draft picks, but it certainly proved to be the best decision.
Only New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remains in the league from that 2000 draft.
Although he only made one Pro Bowl in 2011, which just doesn’t seem right or make a lot of sense in NFL history, Janikowski still connected on 80 percent of his field goals and 98.5 percent of his extra points. He even blasted a 63-yard field goal against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football that same year in 2011. He shared the NFL record for the longest field goal with Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Graham Gano and David Akers before Matt Prater broke it with a 64-yard boot in 2013.
So what’s next for 41-year-old Seabass? Well, he’s got a hilarious new job already lined up.
A cab driver is perfect for life after football, even if it’s just for his kids. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was awesome and everyone hopes retirement is just as good.