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David Akers
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Akers with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009
No. 6, 2
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-09) December 9, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: Lexington, Kentucky
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Lexington (KY) Tates Creek
College: Louisville
Undrafted: 1997
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals: 386
Field goal attempts: 477
Field goal %: 80.9
Long field goal: 63
Points scored: 1,721
Passing: 2/2, 25 yards, 1 TD
Player stats at NFL.com

David Roy Akers (/ˈkərz/; born December 9, 1974) is a former American football placekicker. He played college football at Louisville, and was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 1997.

Akers also played for the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Berlin Thunder, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions. He was selected for the Pro Bowl six times in his career and was at one point tied for the longest field goal in NFL history.

Early years[edit]

Akers attended Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

College career[edit]

Akers attended college at the University of Louisville and played for the Louisville Cardinals football team. During his four-year college career, Akers kicked a school-record 36 field goals (with a long of 51 yards against Texas A&M University), and ranks second on Louisville's all-time scoring list, with 219 points.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers[edit]

Between 1997 and 1998, as an undrafted free agent, Akers spent time trying to make the team with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Akers was signed by the Washington Redskins in 1998 and played in one game for them, making two extra points but missing two field goal attempts of 48+ yards each. He was waived by the Redskins during the 1999 season.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

After Washington cut Akers, the Philadelphia Eagles claimed him off waivers and allocated him to NFL Europe. A solid season with the Berlin Thunder helped him earn the kicking job for the Eagles in 2000. Akers proved to be one of the biggest special teams surprises in all of the NFL that season. He made 29 out of 33 field goals (an 87.9% success rate), and had a team-record 121 points. Akers earned the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month award in November 2000. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2001 as he went 26-for-31, making a team-record seventeen consecutive field goals during the season.

Akers attempting a field goal in August 2009.

Akers' best statistical season was 2002 when he connected on 30 of 34 field goals (88.2%), scored a team-record 133 points, and made another Pro Bowl. He got fewer chances in 2003, but still made 24 of 29 field goals. He made the second-longest field goal in Eagles' history on September 14, 2003, a 57-yarder against the New England Patriots at the new Lincoln Financial Field (the only longer field goal in Eagles' history was Tony Franklin's 59-yard field goal in 1979.) In 2004, Akers continued his consistent kicking with an 84.4% field goal percentage, and he made his third Pro Bowl.

Injuries finally got to Akers in 2005 when he tore the hamstring in his non-kicking leg during the opening kickoff against the Oakland Raiders on September 25, 2005. Akers left the game, but returned in the second half with a heavily taped leg to make two extra points and then kick the game-winning 28-yard field goal before collapsing in pain as his teammates mobbed him. He missed the next four games and finished the season 16 for 22.

In 2006, Akers was injury-free, but made only 18 of 23 attempts (78.3%), his second worst season statistically.

On December 16, 2007, in a 10-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Akers set the Philadelphia Eagles franchise record for most points and on Thanksgiving in 2008, Akers passed 1,000 career points during a 48-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

On December 7, 2008, Akers kicked a 51-yard field goal at Giants Stadium, his longest of the season. In the same game he had two field goals blocked, one of which was returned for a touchdown. At the end of the 2008 regular season, Akers again set the team single-season scoring record with an NFC-best 144 points. He connected on 33 of 40 field goals (82.5 pct), his best percentage since 2004.

On January 11, 2009, Akers kicked three field goals in three attempts during a divisional playoff win over the New York Giants. The second of these set an NFL record for consecutive field goals without a miss during the postseason, previously held by one-time Eagle Gary Anderson. Akers eventually ran his streak to a record 19 consecutive postseason field goal conversions; it was snapped the very next week against the Arizona Cardinals. Akers currently has thirty-five total postseason field goal conversions.

Akers was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl, his fourth. He was also named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s.[1] After the 2010 season, he was selected to his fifth career Pro Bowl.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Akers was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a $9 million, three-year contract on July 29, 2011. He kicked a 59-yard field goal just before halftime in a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints on August 12, 2011. On September 18, 2011, he kicked a 55-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys, setting a record for the longest field goal made at Candlestick Park.

Akers broke the 49ers' record for most points scored in a season in a 20–3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Monday Night Football matchup on December 19, 2011.[2] The record was formerly held by the 49ers' Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice. In that same game against the Seahawks, Akers broke the all-time record for field goals in a season, surpassing Neil Rackers' 40 in 2005.

On January 1, 2012, Akers broke the NFL record for most points by a kicker in a single season against the St. Louis Rams; he finished with 166 points. In this game, he also extended his NFL record for most field goals made in a single season, finishing with 44, and threw for a touchdown on a fake field goal. Akers made his sixth Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

On September 9, 2012, Akers tied the NFL record for the longest field goal by kicking a 63-yard field goal off the crossbar against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.[3] The record was originally set by Tom Dempsey and was shared with Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski until Broncos kicker Matt Prater broke the record with a 64-yard field goal on December 8, 2013. Akers and Dempsey share the record for purposes of non-altitude assisted field goals.

The long field goals by Elam, Janikowski, and Prater were all made in Denver, where the ball has the ability to travel slightly farther in thinner air. Elam kicked his 63-yard field goal at Mile High Stadium, while the 63-yarder by Janikowski and the 64-yarder by Prater were at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It should be noted in track and field, the IAAF denotes any records set 1,000 metres (about 3,937 feet) or more above sea level as altitude-assisted records, and the Dempsey (Tulane Stadium) and Akers (Lambeau Field) records were set below the 1,000m threshold.[4][5]

The 49ers would advance to the 2013 Super Bowl following the 2012 season, marking Akers' second appearance in the game. In Super Bowl XLVII, Akers went 3 for 3 in field goal attempts, but San Francisco narrowly lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a 34–31 score.

On March 6, 2013, Akers was released after two seasons with the 49ers.[6]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On April 6, 2013, Akers signed with the Detroit Lions, three days after the retirement of 21-season Lions kicker Jason Hanson.[7]

NFL records[edit]

  • Points in a single decade (2000–2009): 1,169
  • Points in Pro Bowl History: 57
  • Most points in a season, no touchdowns (2011): 166
  • Most games 4+ field goals in a season (2011): 6
  • Most games 10+ points in a season (2011): 10 - tied with four others
  • Field Goals in an NFL Season: 44[8]
  • Field Goals attempted in an NFL Season: 52
  • Longest Field Goal in Pro Bowl History: 53 yards, 2005 (Eagles).

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Field Goals Made Field Goals Attempted Field Goal Percentage 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Longest Field Goal Extra Points Made Extra Point Attempts Points
1998 WSH 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 2 2
1999 PHI 16 3 6 50.0 0 0 0 3 3 53 2 2 11
2000 PHI 16 29 33 87.9 1 6 15 10 1 51 34 36 121
2001 PHI 16 26 31 83.9 1 9 8 10 3 50 37 38 115
2002 PHI 16 30 34 88.2 0 9 16 7 2 51 43 43 133
2003 PHI 16 24 29 82.8 0 9 7 10 3 57 42 42 114
2004 PHI 16 27 32 84.4 0 4 7 18 3 51 41 42 122
2005 PHI 12 16 22 72.7 0 3 8 9 2 50 23 23 71
2006 PHI 16 18 23 78.3 0 10 5 8 0 47 48 48 102
2007 PHI 16 24 32 75.0 0 12 10 6 4 53 36 36 108
2008 PHI 16 33 40 82.5 2 11 12 10 5 51 45 45 144
2009 PHI 16 32 37 86.5 1 11 9 13 3 52 43 45 139
2010 PHI 16 32 38 84.2 0 12 12 11 3 50 47 47 143
2011 SF 16 44 52 84.6 2 16 14 11 9 55 34 34 166
2012 SF 16 29 42 69.0 1 9 13 13 6 63 44 44 131
2013 DET 16 19 24 79.2 1 5 8 7 3 53 42 43 99
Career 237 386 477 80.9 9 126 144 148 50 63 563 570 1,721

[9]

Personal life[edit]

Akers and his wife, Erika, reside in Franklin, Tennessee, with their sons Luke and Sawyer, and daughter Halley. He has maintained a summer residence in Ocean City, New Jersey.[10]

Akers is a Christian.[11]

In 2001, the Akers family formed the David Akers Kicks for Kids Foundation, which has established programs with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to benefit sick children and their families. He also regularly trains in martial arts such as jiu-jitsu and Shaolin Kempo.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akers named to All-Decade team | Eagletarian | 01/27/2010
  2. ^ Branch, Eric (December 20, 2011). "David Akers breaks Rice's 49ers scoring mark". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ "David Akers kicks 63-yard field goal". ESPN. September 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ David Akers's 63-yarder
  5. ^ Allain, Rhett (December 20, 2011). "Are Field Goals Easier in Denver? - Wired Science". Wired. 
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Antonio (2013-03-06). "49ers release 6-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  7. ^ Copeland, Kareem (April 5, 2013). "Detroit Lions, David Akers reportedly agree to term". nfl.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kevin Lynch (2011-12-24). "David Akers sets NFL record". blog.sfgate.com. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  9. ^ "David Akers Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Strauss, Robert. "Big-name hunting season at the Shore; Celebrities roam even these simpler environs.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2009. Accessed September 13, 2015. "Eagles kicker David Akers has a house on the south end of the island and, at various times, former boxing champ Mike Tyson, Flyers captain and executive Bobby Clarke, and Eagles running back Brian Westbrook have been reported to own or rent in Ocean City."
  11. ^ "NFL Kicker David Akers on Navigating Life's Kicks". 
  12. ^ John Guinn. "David Akers Kicks for Kids". Davidakerskicksforkids.org. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 

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