Mason Crosby

Mason Crosby turns 33 today, one week before the start of the 2017 season. Crosby was drafted out of Colorado in the sixth round of the 2007 draft by Green Bay and has a very strong leg. The 6’1” 210-pound Crosby surpassed Ryan Longwell’s team record point total in 2015. Through 2016, Crosby has scored 1,267 points in his 10 years as the Packer kicker. Add in 137 points in 18 postseason games, and he has scored 1,404 points for Green Bay.

However, it took Crosby five years before he recorded a field goal percentage of at least 80%. In 2011, he converted 85.7% of his field goals, but the next year slumped badly to 63.6%, the lowest in the league, and fans and the media were calling for his head (or foot). Crosby rewarded the faith of Coach Mike McCarthy by hitting 89.2% of his field goals in 2013, 81.8% in 2014, 85.7% in 2015 and 86.7% in 2016. That raised his lifetime percentage to 80.4%, and he’s converted 89.7% of his field goals in the postseason.

Playing for a team that usually plays with a lead, Crosby has not been called on to win many games at the gun. However, his two 48-yard field goals in the fourth quarter of the NFC title game in Seattle in 2014 were clutch and about the only positives in that frightful team meltdown. He topped that against Dallas in 2016, when his 56 and 51-yard field goals in the final two minutes sent the Packers to the NFC Championship game.

(Adapted from Green Bay Gold.)

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Custom card in 1961 Fleer style.

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