Steven Hauschka

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Steven Hauschka
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Hauschka with the Seahawks in 2014
No. 4 Buffalo Bills
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-29) June 29, 1985 (age 31)
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: NC State
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Field goals: 191
FG attempts: 219
Field goal %: 87.2
Long FG: 58
Touchbacks: 266
Player stats at NFL.com

Stephen Theodore Hauschka (name commonly spelled as Steven Hauschka; born June 29, 1985) is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). 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, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks. He won Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Seahawks.

Early life[edit]

Stephen Hauschka grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, where he played on the Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team, the varsity basketball team, and the varsity lacrosse team. He also played trombone in the NHS concert band and NHS jazz band.[1] He did not 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]

In 2003, Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury Panthers men's varsity soccer team and finished the season on junior varsity. Prior to his sophomore soccer season, Hauschka was urged by his friend, Scott Secor, to try out for the football team, where he edged out freshman recruit Jacob Lister for the starting kicker role.[2] 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 College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) during his senior year. He was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the top college football placekicker. Hauschka was also a member of the Middlebury College lacrosse team. Hauschka graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in neuroscience in 2007.[citation needed]

North Carolina State[edit]

After graduating with honors from Middlebury College, Hauschka decided to forgo an acceptance to dental school and 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 went 25 for 25 on extra points and 16 for 18 on field goals, which included a game-winning kick versus the Miami Hurricanes.[citation needed]

At North Carolina State, his first name was misspelled as "Steven", a spelling which he continued to use into his professional career.[3]

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. He would later be released by the team.

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 off-season, 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.[4]

After his release from the Ravens, Hauschka tried out for the Atlanta Falcons on November 24, 2009,[5] and for the Dallas Cowboys on December 21.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Hauschka was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on December 29, 2009, after an injury to placekicker Matt Bryant. He was waived by the team 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 Lions' starter Jason Hanson's 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 UFL record with three field goals in one game.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Hauschka during his tenure with the Denver Broncos

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

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Hauschka in the 2012 preseason as a member of the Seattle Seahawks

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

In a Week 10 match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, Hauschka tied the Seahawks' record for most field goals in a game, by scoring five 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 defeated 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 was guaranteed.[6] He began the 2015 season by hitting his first 16 field-goal attempts, including four from 50 yards or more.[7]

Hauschka was named an alternate for the 2016 Pro Bowl.[8]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On March 9, 2017, Hauschka signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hauschka married Lindsey Jones in June 2011 shortly after her graduation from Boston College Law School.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reiss, Jaclyn (January 23, 2014). "Needham native Steven Hauschka, once a soccer player, now Super Bowl contender". Retrieved February 11, 2017 – via The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ "Middlebury - Cumulative Season Statistics". Middlebury.edu. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Wulf, Steve (June 13, 2014). "Steven Hauschka's road to SB XLVIII". ESPN. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ravens Release Hauschka". www.BaltimoreRavens.com. November 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 24, 2009). "Hauschka tries out for Falcons". Baltimore Sun Ravens Insider Blog. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ Breech, John (March 17, 2014). "Seahawks re-sign K Steven Hauschka to three-year deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Steven Hauschka - Seattle Seahawks - National Football League - Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo.com. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ Boyle, John (December 22, 2015). "Seven Seahawks Earn 2016 Pro Bowl Honors". Seahawks.com. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Brown, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Bills agree to terms with five including S Hyde and K Hauschka". BuffaloBills.com. 
  10. ^ "Lindsey Jones, Stephen Hauschka". New York Times. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 

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