John Lee (placekicker)

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Min Jong "John" Lee
No. 10
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-05-19) May 19, 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Downey
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 1986 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last played in 1986 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goal attempts 13
Field goals made 8
Field goal % 61.5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
John Lee
Hangul 이민종[1]
Revised Romanization I Min-jong
McCune–Reischauer I Minjong

John Lee (Hangul: 이민종; RR: I Min-jong; born May 19, 1964) is a former two-time All-American placekicker for the UCLA Bruins football team from 19821985. He was the 32nd pick selected in the 1986 NFL Draft and later played one year for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was inducted to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. Former UCLA Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel began his career as the placekick holder for Lee.[2]

NCAA records held or tied[edit]

  • Broke the Pacific-10 Conference single game field goal record (since matched by two others) with six made against the San Diego State Aztecs in 1984.
  • Holds the highest percentage of extra points and field goals made in a career with 93.3% (116 of 117 PATs, 79 of 92 FGs).
  • Most field goals made per game for a season (2.6, 1984, 29 in 11 games) and in a career (1.84, 79 in 43 games)
  • Highest percentage of field goals made in a season (100%, 1984, 16 out of 16) and in a career (minimum 55 attempts) (85.9%, 79 out of 92)
  • Highest percentage of field goals made under 40 yards in a season (minimum 16 made) (100%, 1984, 16 out of 16) and in a career (minimum 40 made) (96.4%, 54 of 56)
  • Most times kicking four field goals in a game in a career (six times)
  • Most games in which field goal provided the winning margin in a career (ten times)

Rose Bowl record[edit]

Lee played in the 1983, 1984 and 1986 Rose Bowl, and was an integral part of the success of the UCLA Bruins during his college career, as evidenced by his conference-leading accuracy and the 10 games won by the margin of a field goal.[3] He holds the Rose Bowl career record of 24 most scoring points made by kicking, 1983 UCLA vs. Michigan (3 PAT, 1 FG), 1984 UCLA vs. Illinois (6 PAT, 1 FG) and 1986 UCLA vs. Iowa (6 PAT, 1 FG).[4] The 15 total PAT points in three games also is a record and the 6 PAT-points in each of the two games ranks second in Rose Bowl history.

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Lee was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft, making him one of the highest placekickers ever drafted and the first Southeast Asia native to play in the NFL. He was seen as a can't miss prospect and on July 27, Lee agreed to a four-year $900,000 contract, including a $250,000 signing bonus, making him the highest paid player at his position in the league.[5]

Although he made his first six kicks in preseason,[6] he unexpectedly suffered through a slump and began missing field goals, had problems with his kickoffs distance and lost his confidence.[7] He made 8 of 13 field goals as a rookie, before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and missing the last five regular season games. He was waived on September 8, 1987.[8]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

In 1988, he was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders to compete with incumbent kicker Chris Bahr, who struggled in 1987. He was waived on August 22, after missing 2 out of 3 field goals in preseason.[9]

Personal life[edit]

After leaving the NFL, he was involved in his family real estate business.

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