Steven Hauschka

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Steven Hauschka
Steven Hauschka 2013.jpg
Hauschka in a game in December 2013.
No. 4     Seattle Seahawks
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-29) June 29, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Needham, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Needham (MA)
College: North Carolina State
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Field goals 98/114
Field Goal % 86.0
Long Field Goal 54
Extra Points 161/164
Stats at NFL.com
Career UFL statistics as of 2010
Field goals 10/12
Field Goal % 83.3
Long Field Goal 53
Extra points 15/15

Steven Hauschka (born June 29, 1985 as Stephen[1] Theodore Hauschka) is an American football placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Middlebury College and North Carolina State.

Hauschka has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Las Vegas Locomotives, and Denver Broncos.

Early life[edit]

Steven Hauschka grew up in Needham, Massachusetts where he played on the Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team and the varsity lacrosse team. He didn't play football for the Rockets even though he would eventually become a successful NFL kicker, playing seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. He graduated in 2003, and went to Middlebury College with intent to play division III soccer for the Panthers.

College career[edit]

Middlebury College[edit]

Hauschka graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a B.A. in Neuroscience in 2007. In 2003, he was cut from the men's varsity soccer team and finished the season on junior varsity. Prior to his sophomore soccer season, Hauschka was urged by a friend to try out for the football team. In his three seasons with the Panthers he was a two-time All-NESCAC selection as both a kicker and punter. He owns the school’s single-season and career records for field goals. He was named a District I Academic All-American by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) during his senior year. Hauschka was also a member of the Middlebury College lacrosse team.

NC State[edit]

After graduating with honors from Middlebury College, Hauschka enrolled as a graduate student at North Carolina State in 2007. Since Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury College men's varsity soccer team during his freshman season, he retained one year of eligibility and won the kicking job for the Wolfpack. He then had a great season, going a perfect 25 for 25 on extra points and 16 for 18 on field goals, which included a game-winning boot in a road game versus the Miami Hurricanes. Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings the following year.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 to share kicking duties with Ryan Longwell in the preseason.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens after being released by the Vikings. He was signed to the Ravens' practice squad on September 15, 2008. He was activated on October 30 to handle the long range field goals and kickoffs, sharing kicking duties with longtime Ravens kicker Matt Stover. His first professional field goal attempt came on November 9, 2008, against the Houston Texans, where he successfully hit a 54-yard field goal.

An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 offseason, Hauschka was re-signed on March 17 as the Ravens chose not to re-sign Stover. On November 17, 2009, the Ravens released Hauschka, after he missed his fourth attempt of the season; he converted 9 of 13 field goals (69.2%) in 2009.[2]

Hauschka tried out for the Atlanta Falcons on November 24, 2009,[3] and for the Dallas Cowboys on December 21.

Hauschka during his tenure with the Broncos.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Hauschka was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on December 29, 2009 after an injury to placekicker Matt Bryant. He was waived on August 15, 2010.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2010. He played two preseason games for the Lions due to the Lions starter Jason Hanson leg surgery. He was waived by the Lions on September 4, 2010.

Las Vegas Locomotives[edit]

Hauschka was signed by the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives on October 4, 2010. On October 8, Hauschka tied the league record with three field goals in one game.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On December 12, 2010, the Denver Broncos signed Hauschka after a season-ending groin injury to Matt Prater. He was waived on September 3, 2011.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Hauschka in December 2013.

Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on September 4, 2011.

In a week 10 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, Hauschka tied the Seahawks record for most field goals in a game, by scoring 5 of them, leading Seattle to a 22-17 upset.

In the wildcard round against the Washington Redskins, Hauschka strained his calf, and was placed on injured reserve. On April 18, 2013 the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka.

In week 4 of the 2013 season, Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The final score was 23-20, after trailing the Texans 20-3 in the first half. Thanks to Hauschka's game-winning kick, the Seahawks went 4-0 for the first time in franchise history. The Seahawks finished 13-3 and reached Super Bowl XLVIII where they would defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8.

On March 17, 2014, the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.15 million, of which $3.35 million is guaranteed.[4] With this new contract, he became one of the 12 highest paid kickers in the league.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11066799/seattle-seahawks-kicker-steven-hauschka-long-road-middlebury-college-super-bowl-xlviii
  2. ^ "Ravens Release Hauschka". www.baltimoreravens.com. 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 24, 2009). "Hauschka tries out for Falcons". Baltimore Sun Ravens Insider Blog. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Breech, John (March 17, 2014). "Seahawks re-sign K Steven Hauschka to three-year deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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