JAN STENERUD

JAN STENERUD

Class of 1991
Placekicker >>> 6-2, 187
(Montana State)
1967-1979 Kansas City Chiefs, 1980-1983 Green Bay Packers, 1984-1985 Minnesota Vikings

Jan Stenerud ... Entered college on skiing scholarship, joined football team as senior ... First "pure" placekicker to enter Hall ... Career totals: 1,699 points on 580 PATs, 373 field goals ... Scored 100 or more points seven seasons ... Kicked three field goals in Super Bowl IV win ... Played in six Pro Bowls, Outstanding Offensive Player in 1972 Pro Bowl ... All-League six years ... Had 17 field goals over 50 yards ... Born November 26, 1942, in Fetsund, Norway.

Jan Stenerud, who was born November 26, 1942, in Fetsund, Norway, was an outstanding ski jumper who attended Montana State on a skiing scholarship. Late in his sophomore year, Stenerud was spotted kicking a football by the college's basketball coach who relayed the news of the Norwegian's abilities to the football coach.

He joined the football team his senior year and ended up playing two seasons of varsity football. He connected on a then-record 59-yard field goal and 82 points scored. The Kansas City Chiefs were so impressed that they drafted Stenerud in the third round of the AFL's 1966 future draft.

The 6-2, 187-pound Stenerud excelled for 19 seasons and 263 games in pro football. He never missed a game because of injury or illness. He kicked for the Chiefs for 13 years from 1967 until 1979 but was released in the summer of 1980. Three months later, he signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he stayed with for four seasons. In 1984, the Packers traded Stenerud to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round draft choice. He retired after the 1985 season.

Stenerud is the first “pure” placekicker to enter the Hall. His list of outstanding achievements is long. With 1,699 points, he ranked behind only the fabled George Blanda in all-time scoring at the time of his retirement.

His 373 career field goals and seven seasons of scoring 100 or more points were also NFL records. He kicked 17 field goals over 50 yards and his personal best was a 55-yarder against Denver in 1970.

In the Chiefs' upset victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV, Stenerud's three field goals, including a then Super Bowl record 48-yarder, accounted for the first nine points. A six-time all-league selection, Stenerud played in two AFL All-Star games and in four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. He was named the Outstanding Offensive Player in the 1972 Pro Bowl.

Year
Team
G
FG
FGA
XK
XKA
Pts
1967 Kansas City
14
21
36
45
45
108
1968 Kansas City
14
30
40
39
40
129
1969 Kansas City
14
27
35
38
38
119
1970 Kansas City
14
30
42
26
26
116
1971 Kansas City
14
26
44
32
32
110
1972 Kansas City
14
21
36
32
32
95
1973 Kansas City
14
24
38
21
23
93
1974 Kansas City
14
17
24
24
26
75
1975 Kansas City
14
22
32
30
31
96
1976 Kansas City
14
21
38
27
33
90
1977 Kansas City
14
8
18
27
28
51
1978 Kansas City
16
20
30
25
26
85
1979 Kansas City
16
12
23
28
29
64
1980 Green Bay
4
3
5
3
3
12
1981 Green Bay
16
22
24
35
36
101
1982 Green Bay
9
13
18
25
27
64
1983 Green Bay
16
21
26
52
52
115
1984 Minnesota
16
20
23
30
31
90
1985 Minnesota
16
15
26
41
43
86
Career Total
263
373
558
580
601
1699
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 1-0; Punting: 1-28

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