Before calling it quits one day, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker wants to add one more accomplishment to a sterling career that includes a Super Bowl ring and the most accurate leg in the NFL.
He’d like to hit the longest field goal in league history, a distinction Matt Prater holds after connecting from 64 yards in 2013 as a member of the Denver Broncos.
‘That’s definitely another notch in the belt, so to speak’
“I think it would be cool to have that record that Prater currently holds,” Tucker told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Late Hits. “That’s definitely another notch in the belt, so to speak, that I’d like to have attached to my name one day.
“But at the exact same time, I think the most important one for me is wins. It’s certainly not an individual stat, but when you play in a lot of close games and you’re able to come through in those important moments for your team, that’s the number that matters to me the most. Ultimately, you get rings for that. I’ve got one. I want to get more of those.”
‘Not a whole lot would be different between a 75-yard attempt and a PAT’
Tucker has connected from 75 yards during a Pro Bowl practice. He wouldn’t flinch if he ever had the chance to try one from that far in a game.
“I’ve never attempted a 75-yarder in a game, but should the opportunity arise, not a whole lot would be different between a 75-yard attempt and a PAT,” Tucker said. “And I know a lot of people will probably be scratching their heads, (because) I think it’s drilled into every football fan’s mind that a longer kick requires lower trajectory. We make these analogies to golf, how it’s like you’re driving a ball off a tee box when you’re trying to kick a ball from farther away, but the difference in the trajectory, I think, is manageable if you’re hitting a good ball.”
‘To give fans something, I’ll be back … so there’s that’
“Those first six to eight yards are the most important. That’s where a potential blocker could get his hand on the ball, six to eight yards out. I don’t think the trajectory is significant enough.”
Asked to give Ravens fans something to feel optimistic about as the 2017 season is set to begin, Tucker said, “I think time will tell how good we can be. We haven’t even gotten into training camp, but to give the fans a little something, I’ll be back … so there’s that. Hopefully, that’s something to somebody, who knows?”
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