Mick Luckhurst

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Mick Luckhurst
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-03-31) March 31, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth: Redbourn, United Kingdom
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: St Columba's College, St Albans, United Kingdom
College: University of California, Berkeley
Undrafted in 1981
Debuted in 1981 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 1987 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of 1987
Field Goals Made 115
Field Goals Attempted 164
Field Goals % 70.1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Michael Christopher Wilbert "Mick" Luckhurst (born March 31, 1958) is a retired American football placekicker. One of the few British-born players in NFL history, he played his entire professional career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Early life[edit]

Luckhurst was born on March 31 1958 in Redbourn, Hertfordshire, he attended St Columba's College, St Albans in his home county before going on to attend St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and the University of California at Berkeley, where he starred in rugby as well as Football. He was a key player in leading the Bears to their first national collegiate rugby title in 1980. He also held the record for the longest field goal in California history for many years, a 54-yard boot against Oregon State in 1979.[1]

NFL career[edit]

Luckhurst joined the Atlanta Falcons in 1981, remaining with the team until the 1987 NFL season.[2]Luckhurst scored a rushing touchdown on a fake field goal for the team in their 1982 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, the only rushing attempt of his career. Luckhurst retired as the team's all-time leading scorer with 558 points, which would be surpassed by Morton Andersen in 2000.


After his playing days, Luckhurst became the face of American Football coverage on Channel 4 in his native UK between 1987 and 1991. Conversely, he was also an analyst for the American TV station TNT during its coverage of the 1990 World Cup.

On 26 October 2014, Luckhurst was part of the ceremonial coin toss at Wembley Stadium as the Atlanta Falcons faced the Detroit Lions in an International Series game.[3]