Ove Johansson

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Ove Johansson
Photograph of Ove Johansson taken in 2006
Ove Johansson in 2006
No. 10
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth: Gothenburg, Sweden
Career information
College: Abilene Christian
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 12 / Pick: 316
(By the Houston Oilers)
Debuted in 1977
Last played in 1977
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Longest field goal on record, 69 yards, 1976
Career NFL statistics
Field goals 1 / 4
FG% 25.0
Extra points 1 / 3
Stats at NFL.com

Ove Claes Johansson (born March 31, 1948, in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a former American football placekicker and the current holder of the record for the longest field goal ever kicked during an American football game, at 69 yards (63 m), for Abilene Christian University in their October 16, 1976 victory over East Texas State. He also holds the distinction of being the first Swede to play in the National Football League, twelve years before Björn Nittmo would achieve the feat. Johansson is also the oldest player to be drafted in the NFL Draft, being 28 years, 281 days old when he was selected in the 12th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.[1]

Johansson was a junior at Abilene Christian University after being an all American soccer player at national power Davis and Elkins College, and performed this kick during ACU's 1976 homecoming game against East Texas State University at Shotwell Stadium, in Abilene, Texas.[2][3] This record kick is longer than any other field goal kicked in organized football, one yard longer than the current high school record set by Dirk Borgognone in 1985, 2 yards longer than the NCAA record (Abilene Christian was playing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the time), and 5 yards longer than the current NFL record of 64 yards set by Matt Prater in the Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans game of December 8, 2013.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Johansson had previously played Association football, and the 1976 season was his first and only season to play college football. He hurt his knee in a season-ending bowl game and played in just two regular season games in the National Football League. Kicking for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1977, he was successful in only one of his four field goal attempts and one of three extra points.[5][6] Johansson was the first Swedish-born player to play in the NFL, twelve years before Björn Nittmo.

He is currently a businessman in Amarillo, Texas. He is married to April (Bankes) Johansson, and they have a daughter, Annika Johansson, and a son, Stefan Johansson. The family is bilingual English-Swedish.[citation needed]

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