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KANSAS CITY, MO – CIRCA 1969: Kicker Jan Stenerud #3 of the Kansas City Chiefs kicks a field goal with quarterback Len Dawson #16 holding during an NFL football game circa 1969 at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Stenerud played for the Chiefs from 1967-79. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

40. Jan Stenerud becomes only kicker in Pro Football Hall of Fame (1990)

Jan Stenerud did not start out at Montana State as a kicker. It was not until the basketball coach spotted Stenerud kicking footballs, did his career as a place kicker begin.

The Chiefs liked the young man so much they drafted him in the third round of the 1966 AFL draft. Stenerud played 19 seasons and 263 games, never missing a single contest. In the 13 years the Chiefs were fortunate to have him in the red and gold, he played in many huge moments. Stenerud was instrumental in the Chiefs Super Bowl IV victory, scoring the first nine points of the Chiefs’ eventual win against the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings.

Stenerud was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 1991, as the first “True Placekicker” inducted. There are currently only three kickers in the Hall of Fame; Stenerud, George Blanda, and Lou Gorza. Jan is also the only member of the three to not play another position during his career.

Stenerud scored 1,699 total points, sitting only behind Blanda in all-time scoring at his retirement. His booted 17 field goals over 50 yards; his personal best was 55 yards against Denver in 1970. He also set a then record 48-yard field goal in Super Bowl IV and was named Outstanding Offensive Player in the 1972 Pro-Bowl. In total he was a six-time All-League selection, played in two AFL All-Star games and four Pro Bowls.

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