Ranking the Best Kickers in Packers History

Kickers are often the Rodney Dangerfields of the NFL: they don’t get no respect. Still, kickers are often the difference between winning and losing a game or even a Super Bowl.

Here is a look back at the best kickers in Packers history. Performance and longevity are taken into consideration as is the era in which the player kicked. Before the mid-60s, position players often doubled as kickers so you will see some familiar names on this list that were better known for playing other positions.

10. Don Hutson (1935-45)

Don Hutson did it all for the Packers, contributing on offense as a receiver, defense as a defensive back, and kicking both extra points and field goals on special teams during his 11 seasons with the Packers.

Hutson was extremely accurate on extra points, making 172-of-183 PATs for 94 percent, significantly better than the league average during the 30s and 40s.

While he was accurate on extra points, Hutson had limited range on field goals and only attempted 17 three pointers during his career, making seven of them. That’s just 41.2 percent. His longest career field goal was just 25 yards.

Hutson also kicked extra points for the Packers in two playoff games, making two extra points in two attempts in both the 1941 playoff against the Bears and the 1944 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants.

9. Jerry Kramer (1962-63, 1968)

Jerry Kramer is in the Hall of Fame as a guard, but his kicking was a key to the Packers win in the 1962 NFL Championship Game against the Giants. The Packers won the game 16-7 with Kramer kicking three field goals and an extra point on a cold and extremely windy day to provide the difference on the scoreboard.

Like most pre-1970 kickers on this list, Kramer was a straightaway kicker. He was remarkably accurate in 1962, kicking 9-of-11 field goals and making 38-of-39 extra points. The other two seasons he kicked for the Packers, he made less than half of his field goal attempts.

Kramer isn’t known for his kicking, but his ability to kick did help the Packers win a championship.

8. Paul Hornung (1958-62, 1964)

Hornung was a good runner, receiver, blocker, option passer and, yes, kicker, for the Packers during his Hall of Fame career.

“The Golden Boy” made 190-of-194 extra points with the Packers while kicking 66-of-140 field goals, a 47.1 percent conversion rate.

In 1960, Hornung set an NFL record by scoring 176 points during a 12-game schedule. He made all 41 of his extra points and 15-of-28 field goals.

In the 1961 NFL Championship Game, Hornung totaled 19 points, scoring one rushing touchdown, kicking four extra points and making all three of his field goal attempts. The Packers won the game 37-0 to give Vince Lombardi his first NFL title.

Hornung was suspended for gambling on NFL games in 1963 and he lost his kicking accuracy when he returned to action in 1964. He made only 12-of-38 field goals or just 31.6 percent which cost the Packers several games that contributed to the team’s disappointing second-place finish.

Hornung was a reliable kicker before his suspension and he provided the Packers with plenty of points during his career.

7. Al Del Greco (1984-77)

Al Del Greco took over as kicker of the Packers midway through the 1984 season. He booted 50-of-75 field goals during his four seasons in Green Bay for a 66.7 percent success rate. Del Greco also connected on 112-of-114 extra points.

Del Greco’s best season with the Packers came in 1985. That year, he connected on game winning field goals in a home win over the Vikings and a road win over Detroit.

After leaving the Packers, Del Greco kicked in the NFL for another 14 years with the Cardinals and then the Oilers/Titans. He remained in the league through the 2000 season and scored 1,584 career points before finally hanging up his cleats.

6. Jan Stenerud (1980-83)

Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud spent three full seasons and parts of a fourth with the Packers towards the end of his career. The Norwegian star was an extremely accurate kicker during his tenure with the Packers although his kickoffs tended to be short and gave opponents solid field position.

Stenerud joined the Packers late in the 1980 season after Chester Marcol and Tom Birney were released.

In 1981, his first full season with the Packers, Stenerud led the NFL in field goal accuracy and set a new Packers single season record by making 22-of-24 field goals.

During his time with Green Bay, Stenerud made 59-of-73 field goals for an 80.8 percent success rate. He also kicked 115-of-118 extra points and booted a then Packers record 53-yard field goal.

Stenerud is currently third in Packers history in career field goal percentage for kickers who attempted more than 50 kicks.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991, he first pure kicker ever to be so honored.

5. Don Chandler (1965-67)

The Packers acquired Don Chandler from the New York Giants after Paul Hornung struggled with kicking in 1964. Chandler immediately provided the Packers with steady and consistent play as a kicker and even appeared in the Pro Bowl after the 1967 season. Chandler also punted for the Pack in 1965 and 1966.

Chandler’s most famous kick was also his most controversial. In the 1965 Western Conference Playoff against the Colts, the former University of Florida star kicked a 22-yard field goal that was just inside the upright. Chandler’s initial reaction made it seem like he missed the kick which sailed high over the uprights. The referees both called the kick good and Chandler eventually kicked the game winner in overtime. As a result of the controversy, the NFL made the uprights higher starting in 1966.

Chandler kicked for the Packers in the first two Super Bowls and made all four of his attempts against the Raiders in Super Bowl II. In fact, the Packers won a championship in each of his three seasons in Green Bay.

He retired after the 1967 season and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.

4. Chris Jacke (1989-96)

Chris Jacke spent eight seasons with the Packers culminating in 1996 with his appearance in Super Bowl XXXI.

Jackie topped 100 points three times with the Packers including a career-high 128 in 1993. That season he was named All Pro after making all 35 extra points and booting 31-of-37 field goals.

In 1996, Jacke kicked a 53-yard field goal in overtime to beat the 49ers at Lambeau Field, the longest overtime game winner in history up to that point.

Jacke also kicked in 10 playoff games for the Packers and kicked three field goals in the Packers 1994 Wild Card win over Detroit and in the 1996 NFC Championship Game against Carolina.

For his career, Jacke accumulated 820 points with the Packers which places him fourth all-time in the team’s record book. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2013.

3. Chester Marcol (1972-1980)

Today, Polish-born Chester Marcol is best known for his touchdown run with his own blocked kick in 1980 against the Bears, but he was truly an outstanding kicker especially early in his Packers career.

The Packers had struggled at kicker since Don Chandler retired in 1968 and they selected Marcol in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft to fix that problem.

Marcol had an immediate impact in Green Bay, leading the NFL with 33 field goals in his rookie season and making all 29 extra points. He was named All Pro and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl after leading the league with 128 points. The Packers improved from 4-8-2 in 1971 to 10-4-0 in 1972 and won the NFC Central Division title for the first time since Vince Lombardi retired.

Marcol again led the league in scoring in 1974 with 94 points and again made the All Pro Team and the Pro Bowl squad.

Unfortunately, Marcol suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1 of the 1975 season and eventually ended up addicted to painkillers. He developed a drug habit that hurt his career and by 1980, he was also abusing cocaine.

The Packers released Marcol midway through the 1980 season. He was signed by the Houston Oilers later that season and played one game for them late in the season which was against the Packers.

Marcol eventually straightened out his life and now works as a drug counselor to help others with addiction. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1987.

2. Ryan Longwell (1997-2005)

Ryan Longwell spent nine seasons with the Packers and became the first player in franchise history to accumulate more than 1,000 points in his career.

The former Cal star topped 100 points in eight of his nine seasons with Green Bay and was remarkably consistent, connecting on 226-of-277 field goals while making 376-of-380 extra points as a Packer. He also kicked four overtime game winners while in Green Bay.

Longwell’s most productive season came in 2000 when he totaled 131 points. Longwell also kicked in 10 playoff games for the Packers including Super Bowl XXXII against the Broncos.

Longwell was the Packers all-time leading scorer when he left the team, but now stands second on the list. He accumulated 1,054 points in nine seasons in Green Bay. After leaving the Packers, he spent six seasons with the Vikings and briefly joined the Seahawks for the 2012 playoffs before retiring. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2018.

1. Mason Crosby (2007-present)

The Packers drafted Mason Crosby in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The former Colorado star had an immediate impact, accumulating 141 points in his rookie season which remains his career high. He kicked the game-winning field goal with two seconds left in his first NFL game with the Packers as Green Bay defeated the Philadelphia Eagles.

Crosby has made 81 percent of his career field goal attempts which is quite impressive considering the weather in Green Bay in November and December. He has been remarkably consistent over the course of his career.

In 2010, Crosby was the Packers kicker on their run to Super Bowl XLV. He made his only field goal attempt and kicked four extra points in the Packers 31-25 win over the Steelers. He also made a solo tackle in the game.

For his career, Crosby has kicked in 20 playoff games for the Packers and has converted on 89.7 percent of his field goal tries while hitting all 65 of his extra point attempts.

His most dramatic playoff performance came during the 2016 playoffs in Dallas. Crosby kicked a 56-yard field goal with just 1:33 left in regulation to give the Packers a 31-28 lead. After the Cowboys tied the game with 35 seconds left, Crosby booted a 51-yard field goal on the game’s final play to send the Pack to the NFC Championship Game with a 34-31 victory.

Crosby has gone over 100 points in a season every year of his career except 2017, the season that Aaron Rodgers missed nine games due to a broken collarbone.

Crosby has been the Packers kicker now for 13 seasons and stands as the team’s all-time leading scorer. He has accumulated 1,575 points and every time he kicks a field goal or an extra point, he sets a new franchise record.

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Bearmeat's picture

June 13, 2020 at 01:07 pm

We are going to miss Mason when he's gone. He went through the yips mid career, beat it, and has emerged on the other side of that issue a better player than he ever was. He's almost Mr. Automatic. The consummate pro.

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June 13, 2020 at 02:25 pm

People do take kickers for granted. They usually only appreciate them when they're gone and the replacement isn't as good. Crosby has been a great kicker and it's not easy to kick in Lambeau late in the season. Thanks for the comment, Bearmeat.

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sonomaca's picture

June 13, 2020 at 01:20 pm

We’re really scraping bottom here. What’s next, the top 10 equipment managers?

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Leatherhead's picture

June 13, 2020 at 02:20 pm

Top Ten Long Snappers.

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GilMartin's picture

June 13, 2020 at 02:29 pm

LOL. I was thinking of top 10 backup holders for kickoffs on windy days, but it would be tough to compile...

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GilMartin's picture

June 13, 2020 at 02:26 pm

Not THAT desperate yet ,sonomaca. Thanks for commenting.

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June 13, 2020 at 04:20 pm

I always wanted to know the top 19 Green Bay long-snappers.

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June 13, 2020 at 01:56 pm

When Hornung was having his bad kicking season, my dad asked me what Paul said when someone asked how it was going. "I can't kick" was the reply. I groaned. If Lou Groza is known as "The Toe", can Stenerud or even Crosby be known as "The Instep"? And thank you for the trip down memory lane. Kickers have a lot of pressure on them, and until you've looked at how narrow the goal posts look from 45-50 yards away, you really can't appreciate the skill it takes to become successful for a long period of time. And let's not forget that Longwell was just a "camp leg" to give Brett Conway, a third round pick in 1996 some rest and competition. And he beat him out, despite being cut by the 49er's earlier. And was there ever a better name for a kicker?

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June 13, 2020 at 02:27 pm

Yeah, Longwell is a great name for a kicker. Thanks for sharing the Hornung story. He really lost his timing as a kicker after sitting out a season and he never regained it. Thanks for the comment, ricky.

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June 13, 2020 at 02:31 pm

Crosby is an awesome kicker, will go down as one of my all time favorite Packers. I'll never forget him making Back to Back long +51 yard attempts to beat Dallas in the payoffs on Jan 16th of 2017. They iced him on the first attempt which was easily good, and on his final attempt at the game winner, off his foot it was inches left the of the left upright, and hooked back in. That was one of my all time favorite satisfying Packers victories. It cemented Crosby as one of my absolute all time favorite Packers. Glad they extended him! Good signing. Not just anyone can kick in Lambeau.

Longwell was great, as was Jan Stenerud. Great kickers in our history, I'm a huge fan of the kicking game.

Enjoy this, its worth watching, it's why I love this guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75PLgbf1Pgs

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GilMartin's picture

June 14, 2020 at 12:49 pm

It is not easy to kick outdoors in Wisconsin late in the season, no doubt. Kicking is often overlooked and it shouldn't be. It often is the difference between winning and losing. Thanks for the comment and for sharing the video.

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fish's picture

June 13, 2020 at 03:18 pm

"I am Albert Del Greco of the Etruscan Del Grecos. I was born in the village of Cavallina on the shores of Lago di Bilancino in 2518 and I can make time move backwards."

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June 14, 2020 at 12:50 pm

Wow, impressive. Thanks for commenting, fish.

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June 13, 2020 at 06:18 pm

Thanks Gil for the info and it brought back memories. I was at Lambeau when Chandler kicked the field goal against the Colts. I didn't have the advantage of sitting in the end zone to view it buy rather had to look from the seats on the side and I thought he missed it.

The worst game I ever attended involving kicking was against the Chicago Bears and I simply can't remember the year but it was a long time ago. The Packers were trailing by one or two points and drove down to I believe around the 25 yard line in position to kick a game winning field goal to end the game and our kicker missed it. There was dead silence in the stadium and it is the only time in all the games I attended that I can recall that happening. I of course was one of those shocked fans who stood there with my mouth wide open with nothing to say. Perhaps one of our other fans can remember the details, but I seem to have erased the date from my memory like the bad event it was.

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June 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Nice to hear from somebody who was at the 1965 playoff game against the Colts. From the replay, it looks like he felt he missed it too.

I know any time we lose to the Bears it isn't easy to take, let alone missing a field goal at the end of the game. Thanks for commenting and sharing your memories, Ferrari-Driver.

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Gman1976's picture

June 14, 2020 at 01:27 am

Thanks Gil. That was a fun article and a joy to read. The historical perspective was quite informative.

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June 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

So glad you enjoyed it Gman1976. I love writing about the rich history of the Packers franchise in addition to what's happening now. Thanks for commenting.

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June 14, 2020 at 09:50 am

I never bothered to check before reading this but Crosby being 89.7% in the playoffs in really something. Vor already mentioned the kicks back to back in Dallas and I vividly remember the kick against the Eagles in 2007 to win a hell of a game.

I for one liked the piece and think Gil got the Top 4 right on the money. Crosby has been great for the Packers since that 2012 season and I haven't winced or closed my eyes once before or during the kick for the last 3 years. After that Dallas game Crosby convinced me he's one of the best in the NFL right now...Period!

After watching Crosby kick in 2019 while his wife was fighting cancer made me a lifelong Mason Crosby supporter...You HAVE to give the man mad props for that season... After watching the Vikings and the Bears struggle makes me appreciate him even more!

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June 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for the comment, NickPerry. Yeah, hitting nearly 90 percent of playoff field goals is impressive especially when you consider the weather conditions at all home playoff games will be less than ideal most of the time. And yes, Crosby kicked well this year under far from ideal personal circumstances. Glad you enjoyed the piece, my friend.

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June 14, 2020 at 12:47 pm

I was at the overtime game in 1980 when Chester Marcol had his kick blocked and he ran it in for a touchdown to win the game in overtime. I was right down on the 20 yard line it happened right in front of me, that was cool. The Polish prince was a good one.

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June 14, 2020 at 12:57 pm

He was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. What was it like in the stadium, nostradanus? The place must have been going nuts. And the Packers were awful in the preseason that year so the win was a big relief. Thanks for sharing that memory.

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June 14, 2020 at 02:30 pm

Well the stadium was a bit more “spartan” then as compared to how beautiful it is now with the atrium and all but it was still ROCKIN that day Gil!
It was good to see Bart Starr get the victory as coach and my buddy Johnny Gray was still playing back then (we used to play racket ball together). I have so many great memories at Lambeau field, when I walk in there it still feels like I’m 10 years old and it’s my birthday! It is my fountain of youth!

Love Love Love me some Packers!

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June 15, 2020 at 12:24 am

Thanks, Gil. That was a fun article and a joy to read.

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