John Kasay

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John Kasay
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John Kasay during the 2007 season.
No. 4, 2
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-10-27) October 27, 1969 (age 44)
Place of birth: Athens, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Debuted in 1991 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 2011 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2011
Field Goals Made 459
Field Goals Attempted 561
Field Goals % 81.8
Long Field Goal 56
Points scored 1,970
Stats at NFL.com

John David Kasay (born October 27, 1969) is a former American football kicker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He also played for the Carolina Panthers, and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at Georgia.

High school years[edit]

Kasay attended Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia, where he was a soccer stand out and football kicker/punter[1] He was an all-state selection with 37 career field goals, including a 54-yarder.

College and pro career[edit]

Kasay graduated from the University of Georgia in 1991, and was drafted in the 4th round in 1991 by the Seattle Seahawks. During his tenure, he led the Seahawks in scoring all four years, and left the team with the highest field goal percentage in team history. The Panthers signed him as a free agent prior to the team's debut in the 1995 NFL season. He played for the Panthers in 15 seasons, but missed the whole 2000 season after breaking his left kneecap in August.

Super Bowl XXXVIII was bittersweet for Kasay. Although he converted a 50-yard field goal and made both extra points, his final kickoff went out of bounds, incurring an illegal procedure penalty that placed the ball on the 40. This assisted the New England Patriots on their drive for the winning field goal.

Kasay continued to play for the Panthers through the 2010 season. On July 28, 2011, he was released by Carolina after they signed Olindo Mare. Kasay was the last remaining player left from the Panthers' 1995 inaugural season.

The New Orleans Saints signed Kasay on August 30, 2011 after an injury to their starting kicker Garrett Hartley during a preseason game. According to Al Michaels during the Thursday Night Football broadcast against the Green Bay Packers on September 8, 2011, Kasay was at a "back-to-school" event when he received a phone call from the Saints wishing to sign him. Kasay played out the 2011 season in New Orleans, and was resigned through the 2012 NFL season by Saints on April 26, 2012. However, he was released by the Saints on August 31, 2012 with the return of Hartley.[2]

On May 7, 2013, the Panthers announced that Kasay would sign a one-day contract and retire as a Panther.[3] The Panthers held a press conference at Bank of America Stadium that day to honor Kasay; team owner Jerry Richardson introduced Kasay, and many players, as well as the Richardson family, attended the event.[4] Kasay will be eligible for induction in the team's Ring of Honor in five years.[5]

Awards and Records[edit]

Kasay formerly held the record for most field goals in a single season with 37, which he achieved during the 1996 NFL Season, and he was awarded his only Pro Bowl appearance as a result. His record was broken three years later, however, by Olindo Mare, who booted 39 field goals. That record was later broken by Neil Rackers, who made 42 field goals in 2005. That record was later broken by David Akers, who made 44 field goals in 2011.

Kasay holds virtually every Panther kicking record, and is also the all-time points leader of the Panthers.

Kasay also holds many[6] NFL records as a placekicker. He is second all-time for field goals made from 50+ yards (42) made behind only Jason Hanson (50) and is the only player to convert on four field goals from 46+ yards in a single game.[7]

Kasay hit his 400th field goal on December 6, 2009 in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is only the 7th player in NFL history to accomplish that. Kasay is the longest tenured player to play for the Panthers.

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