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Justin Tucker has the record for being the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
That is not a hyperbole. On the all-time NFL rankings, the former undrafted free agent and veteran Baltimore Ravens placekicker had a kicking percentage of 90.65 percent, only a hair better than Harrison Butker’s (90.29 percent).
While Tucker may have the precision of an Olympic sniper, he still has a ways to go in the all-time points category to reach Adam Vinatieri (who many believe to be the best kicker in NFL history). Tucker, on the other hand, seems to be ready to extend his career in order to achieve that goal.
Justin Tucker joked about continuing to kick for another 20 years.
When a Ravens fan in Carolina inquired when he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Tucker said, “Hopefully, in 20 years.”
August 23, 2021 — Sarah Ellison (@sgellison)
Tucker, who is entering his tenth season in the NFL and will be 32 later this autumn, has reached the point in his career when the subject of retirement will arise. A fan asked Tucker when he expects to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a joint practice with the Carolina Panthers, and Tucker replied, “Hopefully, in 20 years.”
A sly dig at the prospect of continuing to kick into his late forties.
Tucker responded to the fan reaction by going into more into on the Ravens’ official club website. Tucker reaffirmed his refusal to contemplate retirement in an interview with reporter Ryan Mink:
“I haven’t even reached my peak. Tucker replied, jokingly, “We’re just getting started.”
“It’s a day-to-day issue, in real honesty. It’s not even day to day; it’s simply one kick after another — make the next kick. I don’t give myself enough time to consider things like, “How long do I want to keep playing?” or “What honors may I be able to achieve?” Everything will kind of take care of itself. I’m simply having a good time.”
baltimoreravens.com, Ryan Mink
It’s not unthinkable for Justin Tucker to continue playing for another two decades.
Justin Tucker holds the record for most field goals made (291) in a player’s first ten seasons in the NFL.
Tucker has a total of nine seasons under his belt.
(Tucker is only 108 points shy of overtaking Stephen Gostkowski for the most points scored in the league’s history through ten seasons.) #Ravens pic.twitter.com/wsuKYcA9ap
August 23, 2021 — Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS)
Quarterbacks all across the NFL, including Tom Brady, have begun to embrace the notion of playing well into their forties. Brady, who won a Super Bowl at the age of 43, has no intentions to retire anytime soon, while Derek Carr hinted at the possibility of extending his career earlier this summer.
Why shouldn’t Tucker have the same opportunity?
Vinatieri didn’t retire from the NFL until he was 47, and his greatest season in terms of accuracy came with the Indianapolis Colts when he was 42. Given that Tucker is presently the most accurate kicker in NFL history, it’s assumed that he’ll have no problem extending his career for another 10, 15, or even 20 years.
In 2021, the Ravens are out for vengeance.
Getty Images/Scott Taetsch/Justin Tucker
Tucker had an overall good 2020 season, but it was tarnished by a sloppy effort against the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round.
In the first half, Tucker missed two field-goal tries, and the Ravens went on to lose 17-3.
While Tucker may have his sights set on kicking for another two decades, he must make preparations for the upcoming 2021 season. The Ravens are in win-now mentality right now, and they’re counting on their Pro Bowl-caliber kicker to put up a stronger playoff performance this time around (should they reach the postseason in 2021).
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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