Pat Leahy (American football)

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Pat Leahy
No. 5
Position: Place kicker
Personal information
Born: (1951-03-19) March 19, 1951 (age 67)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Augustinian Academy (MO)
College: St. Louis
Undrafted: 1973
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 250
Field goals: 304 / 426 (.714)
Extra points: 558 / 584 (.955)
Points scored: 1,470
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 19, 1951) is a former placekicker in the National Football League for the New York Jets. He played college soccer at Saint Louis University.

Early years[edit]

Leahy attended Augustinian Academy. He accepted a soccer scholarship from Saint Louis University. As a starting midfielder, he helped lead the school to 4 soccer NCAA finals, winning 3 national championships, while also receiving All-American honors.[1]

In 1994, he was inducted into the Billiken Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.[2]

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

Leahy was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1973 NFL Draft, having participated in an open try-out, even though he didn't play football in college.[3]

In 1974, he was re-signed to be a part of training camp. Even though the Cardinals made the unusual move of keeping 2 kickers on the final roster, they chose to keep Jim Bakken and fellow rookie and ex-soccer player Sergio Albert. Leahy was waived on August 29.

New York Jets[edit]

In 1974, he was signed by the New York Jets as a free agent, after Bobby Howfield suffered a leg injury. He began on a standby basis until replacing Howfield.

In 1979, he suffered a right knee sprain during a practice while running pass patterns simulating an opposing team's wide receiver. He played in only 6 games after being placed on the injured reserve list.

In 1985, he set the franchise record for the longest field goal (55 yards). In 1986, he set the franchise record for consecutive successful field goal made (22), that was broken by Jay Feely until 2009.[4]

In 1991, he played in 15 games and was replaced by Raul Allegre for the season finale, because of a sciatic nerve condition.

On July 6, 1992, he announced his retirement because of a recurring sciatic nerve condition in his right leg.[5] At the time, he ranked third in scoring in NFL history, was the Jets all-time leading scorer, with 1,470 points and scored 100 points or more in seven seasons. Over the course of his career, Leahy completed 71.4% of his field goal attempts and 95.5% of his extra points. He currently ranks 24th on the list of highest NFL career scoring leaders.

Career statistics[edit]

Career high/best bolded

Personal life[edit]

Leahy and his wife, Colleen, currently live in St. Louis and have three children: Lizzy, Cullen, and the youngest Nora.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leahy To Be Enshrined in Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Leahy Hall of Fame bio". Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Jets' Leahy Takes Little for Granted". Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Jets Trade Punches, but Last One Really Hurts". Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Jets' Leahy Retires After 18 Years". Retrieved March 18, 2018.