Mason Crosby

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Mason Crosby
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Crosby in 2010
No. 2 Green Bay Packers
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Georgetown (TX)
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XLV)
  • NFL points leader with 141 (2007)
  • Packers franchise all-time leading scorer (1,057 points)
  • Packers single-season record for most points scored (no touchdowns) (141)
  • Packers record for longest field goal (58 yards)
  • First-team All-American (2005, 2006)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Field goals: 256
Field goal attempts: 319
Field goals %: 80.3
Longest field goal: 58
Player stats at NFL.com

Mason Walker Crosby (born September 3, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Colorado, and earned unanimous All-American honors. The Packers chose him in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV championship team against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

College career[edit]

Crosby kicking a field goal in the 2006 spring game.

Crosby attended the University of Colorado, where he played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team from 2003 to 2006. While enrolled at Colorado, he displayed extraordinary leg strength, making a school record 60-yard field goal against Iowa State in 2004. Crosby’s 58-yard field goal against Miami in 2005 was the longest ever kicked in NCAA Division I-A football at sea-level without a tee.[1] In all, Crosby holds 31 school records. Crosby connected on 66 of 88 field goals in total during his college career, and 30 of 34 inside 40 yards.[2]

He developed a reputation for kicking in the clutch, making 12 of 13 field goals in the fourth quarter, and a perfect 10/10 in the final 8½ minutes of games. This bent was most evident when Crosby played rival Colorado State University, against which Crosby made kicks of 55 (2004), 48, and 47 yards (2005) in consecutive years to win the Rocky Mountain Showdown.[citation needed]

Crosby also served as the Buffaloes' kickoff specialist, where his knack for forcing touchbacks after touchdowns made him a fan favorite. Overall, 138 of Crosby's 203 career kickoffs were touchbacks, including an 87-yard kickoff touchback from the 20-yard line against Iowa State in 2004.[2] The Sporting News named Crosby to its All-Decade team for the first nine years of the 2000s (decade).[3]

Crosby was a first-team All-big 12 selection in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Following his junior season in 2005, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, and Walter Camp Football Foundation. As a senior, he was again selected as a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was the runner-up for the Lou Groza Award, despite being heavily favored to win. During his senior season, he became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to be named player of the week eight times,[4] and became Colorado's all-time leading scorer, with 308 career points.

Statistics[edit]

Kickoffs Scoring / Field Goals
Season Total Touch Backs Inside 20 Over End Zone Opponent Avg. Start PAT 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+ FG-FGA Pct. Long Points
2003 37 26 2 17 23 31-37 0-0 4-4 0-0 3-4 0-1 0-0 7-9 77.8 44 52
2004 59 41 6 26 21 28-30 1-1 5-5 5-5 3-5 4-6 1-1 19-23 82.6 60 85
2005 61 43 4 33 22 31-31 0-0 3-4 5-6 8-11 5-7 0-0 21-28 75.0 58 94
2006 46 28 8 12 22 11-11 0-0 5-6 7-8 5-5 2-6 0-3 19-28 67.9 56 76
TOTALS 203 138 20 88 22 100-108 1-1 17-19 17-19 19-25 11-20 1-4 66-88 75.0 60 308

Note: Average Starting Yardline: Onsides, short squibs and free kicks are omitted in figuring the above - out-of-bounds are not.

Collegiate awards[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Crosby playing in 2007.

Crosby was chosen by the Green Bay Packers with the 19th pick of the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, the last of three consecutive picks for the Packers, and the third kicker overall. Crosby entered training camp in a battle with incumbent placekicker Dave Rayner. During Green Bay's first pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Crosby kicked a 52-yard field goal, the longest field goal in the history of Heinz Field. Crosby won the starting job during the final roster cut.

In a 2009 game, Mason Crosby prepare to kickoff.

In his first regular season game, Crosby converted all three field goals he attempted, including a 53-yarder and a 42-yard kick with two seconds left on the clock to help the Packers defeat the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. The kick was the first game-winner by a rookie on opening weekend since 1979 (when Matt Bahr achieved the same feat). Crosby was the first player in NFL history to kick a 50-yard field goal and a game-winning field goal with under a minute remaining in his NFL debut.[6] Crosby was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (the first rookie kicker to receive this honor on opening weekend).[7]

Crosby was awarded the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November 2007. He led all NFL kickers with 54 points and tied for the lead with 12 field goals as the Packers posted a 4-1 mark. Crosby converted 12 of 15 field goals during November and was a perfect 18-for-18 on PATs. He had at least one field goal in every game, including four in the Week 9 win at Kansas City. His longest field goal of the month was a 52-yarder in the Week 13 contest at Dallas.[8] For the 2007 season, Crosby led the NFL with 130 points scored and his 24 field goals ranked first in the NFC. Crosby finished second for most points scored in a season by a rookie (Kevin Butler had 144 points for Chicago in 1985). Crosby finished 2007 with the highest-scoring season by a kicker in franchise history and third-highest season point total by any Packers player.[9]

In the first game of the 2010 regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles, Crosby kicked a field goal from 56 yards in the last seconds of the first half, his career long and a franchise record. He equaled this record distance on October 9, 2011 in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.

2011 season[edit]

On July 27, 2011, the Packers re-signed Crosby to a 5-year, $14 million deal.[10]

Crosby kicked 4 field goals a game at the most all season, on 3 separate occasions, October 9, 2011 (Atlanta Falcons), October 23, 2011 (Minnesota Vikings), and December 11, 2011 (Oakland Raiders).[11]

On October 2, 2011, Crosby kicked a season-high 7 PATs against the Denver Broncos.[12]

On October 23, 2011, Crosby set the franchise record when he drilled a 58-yard field goal in the third quarter as part of a four-field-goal game. He also was good from 39, 45 and 24 yards and has made all 15 of his field goals as of week 9.[13]

2012 season[edit]

Crosby kicked 3 field goals a game at the most all season, on 3 separate occasions, September 13, 2012 (Chicago Bears), October 21, 2012 (St. Louis Rams), and December 2, 2012 (Minnesota Vikings).[11]

On December 23, 2012, Crosby kicked a season-high 7 PATs against the Tennessee Titans.[14]

On September 14, 2012, Crosby kicked a season-long 54 yard field goal against the Chicago Bears.[15]

In 2012, he finished the 2012 NFL regular season with a 63.6 field-goal percentage. This was the lowest field goal percentage for any active kicker in the league in the 2012 season.[16]

2013 season[edit]

Mason Crosby preparing to kick a field goal in the snow.

On September 15, 2013, Crosby kicked a season-high 5 PATs against the Washington Redskins.[17]

On October 27, 2013, Crosby tied his season-high 5 PATs against the Minnesota Vikings as well.[18]

On October 6, 2013, Crosby kicked a season-high 5 field goals against the Detroit Lions.[19]

On November 17, 2013, Crosby kicked a season-long 57-yard field goal against the New York Giants.[20]

On December 15, 2013, Crosby tied his season-long 57-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys.[21]

Crosby kicked 33 field goals in the 2013 season, which is the most single-season field goals in franchise history, tied with Ryan Longwell and Chester Marcol.[22]

2014 season[edit]

On September 14, 2014. Crosby kicked a season-long 55-yard field goal against the New York Jets.[23]

On November 9, 2014, Crosby kicked a season-high 7 PATs against the Chicago Bears.[24]

Crosby kicked 27 field goals in the 2014 season, which is the 5th most in franchise history.[22]

On January 18, 2015, Crosby kicked a season-high 5 field goals against the Seattle Seahawks.[25]

2015 season[edit]

On September 28, 2015, Crosby kicked a season-high 5 PATs against the Kansas City Chiefs.[26]

On November 1, 2015, Crosby kicked a season-long 56-yard field goal against the Denver Broncos.[27]

On November 22, 2015, Crosby kicked a season-high 5 field goals against the Minnesota Vikings.[28]

On January 3, 2016, Crosby recorded a forced fumble against the Minnesota Vikings.[29]

2016 season[edit]

He signed a new 4-year contract on March 1, 2016.[30]

Statistics[edit]

Source:[31]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team Kicking
GP Att FGM Pct Lng XP Att XPM Pct
2007 Green Bay Packers 16 39 31 79.1 58 48 48 100
2008 Green Bay Packers 16 34 27 79.4 53 46 46 100
2009 Green Bay Packers 16 36 27 75 52 49 48 98
2010 Green Bay Packers 16 28 22 78.6 56 46 46 100
2011 Green Bay Packers 16 28 24 85.7 58 69 68 98.6
2012 Green Bay Packers 16 33 21 63.6 54 50 50 100
2013 Green Bay Packers 16 37 33 89.2 57 42 42 100
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 33 27 81.8 55 55 53 96.4
2015 Green Bay Packers 16 28 24 85.7 56 36 36 100
Total 144 296 236 79.7 58 441 437 99.1

Postseason[edit]

Season Team Kicking
GP Att FGM Pct XP Att XPM Pct
2007 Green Bay Packers 2 2 2 100 8 8 100
2009 Green Bay Packers 1 2 1 50 6 6 100
2010 Green Bay Packers 4 4 3 75 16 16 100
2011 Green Bay Packers 1 2 2 100 2 2 100
2012 Green Bay Packers 2 2 2 100 7 7 100
2013 Green Bay Packers 1 2 2 100 2 2 100
2014 Green Bay Packers 2 7 7 100 3 3 100
2015 Green Bay Packers 2 4 4 100 5 5 100
Total 15 25 23 92 49 49 100

Professional awards[edit]

  • 2007
    • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 1)[32]
    • NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (November)[33]
  • 2010
    • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 1)[34]
  • 2011
    • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Weeks 5 and 7)[34]

Personal life[edit]

Crosby talking to the press.

Crosby graduated in December 2006 from the University of Colorado, majoring in communication. He attended Georgetown High School in Texas, where he played football and soccer. He is a Houston Astros fan and an avid golfer. Mason's father, Jim, was a running back in college for the UTEP Miners and graduated from Texas Tech. Crosby married Molly (née Ackerman) on June 28, 2008.[35] They are parents to two children: son Nolan James (born August 15, 2010) and daughter Charlotte (born May 2013).

Crosby is a Christian. Crosby has spoken about his faith by saying, "I think He helps me knowing that kicking is what I do, not who I am. It's not everything that I am. I can escape knowing that my relationship with Christ is what carries me. I'm always reading in the Proverbs and Psalms to relax my mind before we play. I know that God cares for me all the time regardless of any outcome here."[36]

Records[edit]

On September 20, 2015, Crosby broke Ryan Longwell's team career scoring record of 1054 with his fourth field goal of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. He is now the all-time leading scorer in Packers' history.[37] On January 16, 2016 Crosby successfully converted his 20th consecutive field goal in the post season, surpassing David Akers at 19.[38]

References[edit]

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  31. ^ Statistics
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  34. ^ a b "Crosby wins second weekly award of 2011". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
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  38. ^ "Crosby sets mark for consecutive playoff FGs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 

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