Having Sebastian Janikowski attempt a 76-yard field goal was not one of Lane Kiffin’s most sane moments as Oakland Raiders head coach. At least the current FAU head man can have a laugh about it now.
On the 11th anniversary of the play, a Twitter account shared video Saturday of the infamous 76-yard field goal attempt Kiffin had Janikowski try in a 2008 game against the Chargers. The missed attempt preceded Kiffin’s firing two days later.
When tagged in the tweet, Kiffin simply gave the fans what they wanted and said “Happy anniversary Seabass” to the kicker.
Happy anniversary Seabass https://t.co/V2eeK13ZKH
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) September 28, 2019
In what seems like ages ago, Kiffin was the head coach of the Raiders from 2007-2008. He was fired after starting the 2008 season 1-3, which included the Janikowski stunt. Late Raiders owner Al Davis accused Kiffin of being a liar.
After a brief stint at Tennessee, Kiffin left to become USC’s head coach. He was fired during his fourth season. He’s now in his third year at FAU.
Sebastian Janikowski is finally hanging up his cleats.
The veteran kicker says he will be retiring after 18 seasons in the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He plans to spend time with his family.
Janikowski was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders in 2000 and played with them for 17 seasons. He spent last year with the Seattle Seahawks.
For his career, Janikowski made 80.4 percent of his kicks and 98.5 percent of his extra points. He is 9th all time in field goals made (436) and 11th all time in extra points made (605). He was known for his big leg and counts a 63-yard field goal among his most impressive career feats.
Long field goal attempts were costly during the first half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks, particularly in Seattle’s case.
Seattle set up for a 57-yard field goal attempt by Janikowski just before halftime, which would have been a yard longer than his season long of 56. Janikowski hooked the field goal wide right and grabbed his left hamstring immediately afterwards.
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) January 6, 2019
Janikowski hobbled off the field and got help to the locker room.
Sebastian Janikowski is getting helped to locker room by #Seahawks team doctor, balancing himself on Gatorade table behind bench on way in. He's definitely not all right following that 57-yard field goal wide right that ended the half. Michael Dickson a place-kick possibility
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 6, 2019
Janikowski also got hurt on a roughing the kicker play in Week 16, though he was able to play in Week 17 without missing time. Punter Michael Dickson is a backup option and can drop kick field goals and extra points.
Also in the game, the Cowboys attempted a 58-yard field goal that Brett Maher missed, setting up Seattle with good field position that turned into a field goal.
Oftentimes those long field goal attempts have bad consequences.
Sebastian Janikowski has been playing in the NFL for nearly two decades and had spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders until this year. Now he’s with the Seattle Seahawks, and seeing him in the green and blue was jarring for many fans.
Simply put, seeing Janikowski in a uniform other than the Raiders’ silver and black was weird.
— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) September 9, 2018
I don't think any player looks weirder in their new jersey this year than Sebastian Janikowski as a Seahawk.
— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) September 9, 2018
So weird to see Janikowski kick an extra point for the Seahawks
— Mark Cristopher (@_markBmark) September 9, 2018
It's still so weird to see Sebastian Janikowski in a Seahawks uniform.
— John Buhler (@buhler118) September 9, 2018
Janikowski’s jersey seemingly being too large also didn’t help perception. The 40-year-old went 1-for-2 on his first two field goal attempts with Seattle.
Sebastian Janikowski is set to meet with the Seattle Seahawks this week, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Janikowski will fly to Seattle for a meeting with the Seahawks on Tuesday Janikowski played his entire career with the Oakland Raiders until they released him following the season.
The 40-year-old free agent kicker did not play last season as he had back surgery, leading the Raiders to use Giorgio Tavecchio as their kicker. They decided to stick with him over the more expensive Janikowski entering the 2018 season.
Despite his age, Janikowski remained a top kicker in 2016. He made 26 of 27 kicks from under 50 yards, though he missed two extra points. He went 3 for 8 on kicks of 50 yards or more and has one of the best legs in the league.
Sebastian Janikowski was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason after 17 seasons with the team, but the 40-year-old does not appear ready to retire just yet.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Janikowski is scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Former Raiders' K Sebastian Janikowski is expected to visit the Los Angeles Chargers, per source. Janikowski could go from Oakland to LA.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2018
Janikowski did not play in 2017 because of a back injury, but he made 82.9 percent of his field goal attempts in 2016. The number was a little skewed because he attempts so many long-distance kicks due to his leg strength, and five of his misses came from the 50-plus range.
We already speculated that the Chargers would have interest in Janikowski, and it seems like a logical pairing after the team was mocked for its disastrous kicking situation last season. If L.A. does sign Janikowski, they will likely have a younger kicker in training camp and hold a competition for the job.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Raiders praised Janikowski for his outstanding career with the organization.
“The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the sun sets on his illustrious career with the Oakland Raiders,” team owner Mark Davis said. “He joined the team as a surprise first-round pick in the 2000 Draft and finishes his time in Oakland as one of the greatest or perhaps the greatest kicker in pro football history. His powerful left leg produced an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50-or-more yards. The motto ‘Once a Raider, Always a Raider’ has never been more true as his 18-year career makes him the longest-tenured player in Raiders history. Sebastian, his wife, Lori, and their three children will always be a loved and treasured part of the Raiders family.”
The team also shared a tribute video on social media:
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 15, 2018
Janikowski did not kick for the Raiders in 2017 due to a back injury, and that was the first time he missed a game since 2011. He had only missed four games in 17 seasons prior to that. Giorgio Tavecchio served as Oakland’s kicker for the season in Janikowski’s place last year.
While he will turn 40 in March, Janikowski would likely be given another shot if he wants to keep kicking. He made 82.9 percent of his field goals in 2016, but five of his misses came from beyond 50 yards. The former first-round pick is known for having one of the strongest legs in NFL history, and there’s at least one NFL that had a disaster of a kicker situation last season.