The most accurate kicker in NFL history is now the Ravens’ all-time leader in runs scored.
Justin Tucker lined up for a 42-yard field goal Sunday in Pittsburgh — where he hasn’t missed a kick since 2012 — and did it, scoring his 1,466th point with the Ravens, passing the former kicker Matt Stover (1,464) at the top of the franchise. all time list.
Tucker is the only player in NFL history (with a minimum of 100 attempts) to have made more than 90% of his career field goal attempts. Sunday’s record holder gave Baltimore a 3-0 first-quarter lead over the Steelers and he added two more field goals in Baltimore’s eventual 16-14 win. His final kick, a 30-yarder, also tied him to Stover for the most field goals in Ravens history.
“It’s really special,” Tucker said of establishing the franchise brand. “It’s something that [longtime long snapper] Morgan Cox and [longtime punter/holder] Sam Koch and [longtime special teams coordinator] Jerry Rosburg, [special teams coach] Randy Brown and [special teams coordinator] Chris Horton, and now [long snapper] pseudo [Moore] and [punter] Jordan [Stout] – we are all part of each of these points, a lot of points that have helped us win football games are what touch me. Being in the same place surrounded by great people, great football players [and] great football managers in a culture where we are encouraged to be ourselves, to work hard and to thrive when the opportunity arises, that’s what’s really special to me.
Tucker has now scored 354 field goals during his 11-year career with the Ravens. He ranks 28th in NFL history in points scored while Stover, who scored 2,004 total points including his years with the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts, is sixth. Adam Vinatieri holds the NFL mark with 2,673 points.
Ahead of the 2022 season, Tucker signed a four-year, $24 million contract extension with the Ravens through 2027, which the 33-year-old says would guarantee he will be a “Raven for life.”
After helping to another narrow victory, he is proud of all his team has achieved so far.
“I think it shows us and the world that this is a character team,” he said. “We’re without our starting quarterback, and we’re losing ‘Snoop’ [Tyler Huntley] in the middle of the game – Anthony Brown walks in – I don’t think a single person batted an eyelid. There was no doubt that Anthony was ready. He walks in and keeps calm. The mood on the sideline was, “Oh yeah, this guy is ready, he’s a Raven.” Him and the attack, all the guys put the game aside. The guys on the defensive side of the ball put an end to a tough team playing in their home stadium. There were contributions from all sides of the ball. Every phase of the game played out in a way that shows what kind of character we have on the team.