Since he entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick in 2000, it has felt like Sebastian Janikowski‘s manifest destiny to kick the longest field goal in league history.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and built like a bouncer, “Seabass” boots the ball with more authority than anybody. He proved that again Monday night in Denver, where his 63-yard field goal tied an NFL record shared by Jason Elam (1998) and Tom Dempsey (1970).
Of course, this isn’t good enough for the famously fussy Raiders, who will appeal the spot of the ball in an attempt to change the kick to a record-breaking 64-yarder, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
A considerable obstacle for Al Davis and Co. is the fact that punter/holder Shane Lechler already is on record as saying the kick wasn’t from the all-time distance.
“We were a full yard in front of it, completely. There was no hesitation,” Lechler told The Associated Press when asked if he was tempted to spot the ball further. “Maybe if the score had been last year’s score (35-7 at halftime) but not in that situation.”
It’s hard to imagine the league changing the distance of the kick, especially since video evidence doesn’t show conclusive proof that the ball was set down at the 46-yard line.
Record or not, Janikowski is a beast and definitely the sole example of an NFL kicker you’d want on your side in a bar brawl.
– Dan Hanzus