Placekicker, or simply kicker (PK or K), is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. A field goal (formerly "goal from the field" in US football and Canadian football is a goal that may be scored during general play ("from American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with In accordance with the Manual of Style (see) Canadian English is used throughout this article (see Canadian_English#Spelling) A field goal (formerly "goal from the field" in US football and Canadian football is a goal that may be scored during general play ("from In American and Canadian football, the convert, conversion, try, extra point, point after touchdown, point-after try A kickoff is a method of starting a Drive in American football or Canadian football.
The kicker initially was not a specialized role. Until the 1960s, the kicker was almost always doubled at another position on the roster, George Blanda being the best example. George "The Fossil" Blanda (born September 17 1927, Youngwood Pennsylvania) is a former American football Placekicker and As the era of "two-way" players gave way to increased specialization, teams would employ a specialist at punter and kicker. Because of the difference in techniques needed, and to reduce the risk of injury, on the professional level most teams employ separate players to handle the jobs. The placekicker usually will only punt when the punter is injured, and vice versa. A punt in some codes of football especially American football and Rugby football, is performed when the ball is A punter ( P) in American or Canadian football is a Special teams player who receives the snapped ball directly from the line of scrimmage and (One player often handles both jobs in the Canadian Football League, which has smaller active rosters than in the NFL. The Canadian Football League (CFL ( Ligue canadienne de football (LCF in The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. ) Occasionally a professional team will even have a kicker who handles only the kickoffs and serves as a backup to the kicker who handles field goals and extra points, typically to further protect a premier kicker from injury or if their premier kicker, while accurate, does not have the leg strength to kick the long kicks required for kickoffs.
Amateur teams (e. g. , college or high school) often do not differentiate between placekickers and punters, have different players assume different placekicking duties (for example, one person handles kicking off, another kicks long field goals, and another kicks from shorter distances), or have regular position players handle kicking duties. The last option is quite common on high school teams, when the best athletes are often the best kickers. Before the modern era of pro football, this was also the case for professional teams, particularly when most place kicks were still made in the "straight on" style outlined below.
Placekickers and punters are often the lowest paid starters on professional teams, although proven placekickers sometimes earn over a million dollars per year in salary.
In addition, kickers are at times ostracized by other players due to the perceived non-physical and limited nature of their duties. It is not uncommon for a placekicker to be one of the smallest members of their team. The presence of foreign born-and-raised players in the highest levels of gridiron football has largely been limited to placekickers—occasionally even coming from outside the traditional American high school and/or college football systems—thereby increasing the perception of the placekicker as an outsider even though the placekicker is put into an extreme pressure situation every time he touches the field. High school football is one of most popular interscholastic sports at High schools in the United States and the second most popular in Canada. College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies
Placekickers today are almost all "soccer-style" kickers, approaching the ball from several steps to the left or right of it and several steps behind and striking the ball with the instep of the foot. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The foot is an Anatomical structure found in many Animals It is the terminal portion of a limb which bears weight and allows Locomotion. Before this method of kicking was popularized in the 1960s by Charlie and Pete Gogolak, every place kicker was a "straight on" kicker, a style that requires the use of a special shoe that is extremely rigid and has a flattened toe. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 Charles Paul Gogolak (born December 29, 1944 in Rabahiveg Hungary) is a retired American football Placekicker. Peter Kornel Gogolak (born April 18, 1942 in Budapest Hungary) is a retired American football Placekicker in the NFL for  In the straight on style (also known as "straight-toe" style), the kicker approaches the ball from directly behind, rather than from the side, and strikes the ball with the toe. Straight on kickers are relatively uncommon in college football (due to inaccuracy), but a rather large percentage of high school football players still kick straight-toe. The last straight on placekicker in the NFL was Mark Moseley who retired from the Cleveland Browns after the 1986 season. Mark DeWayne Moseley (born March 12, 1948 in Laneville, Texas) is a former professional American football Placekicker in The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar)
Placekickers in the modern game usually wear specialized shoes, but in very rare circumstances some prefer to kick barefoot. For people with the name Barefoot see Barefoot (surname Going barefoot (also barefoot ed) means for a person not to use or Tony Franklin was one such kicker, who played in Super Bowls for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. Anthony Ray Franklin (born November 18, 1956 in Big Spring Texas) is a former National Football League football kicker professional American football, the Super Bowl is the Championship game of the National Football League (NFL The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston More recently, Englishman Rob Hart kicked barefoot during his 7-year NFL Europe career. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Rob Hart (born November 6, 1976 in Camberley, Great Britain) is an English American football player who played as a NFL Europa was an American football league which operated in Europe from 1991 until 2007. John Baker also used the style in the 1990s in the Canadian Football League. There are several persons known by the name John Baker: Military figures Colonel John Baker was a hero of the American Revolutionary War for whom The Canadian Football League (CFL ( Ligue canadienne de football (LCF in
Mostly all soccer-style kickers approach the ball normally, by just bending down a little, and then proceeding to kick the ball. However, some kickers stand in a wide variety of strange stances. One example is Paul Edinger, who stood backwards, and spun around 180 degrees to kick the ball
|Positions in American football and Canadian football|
|Linemen||Guard, Tackle, Center||Linemen||Tackle, End, Nose tackle||Kicking players||Placekicker, Punter, Kickoff specialist|
|Quarterback||Linebackers||Snapping||Long snapper, Holder|
|Backs||Halfback, Fullback, H-back||Backs||Cornerback, Safety||Returning||Punt returner, Kick returner|
|Receivers||Wide receiver, Tight end, Slotback||Nickelback, Dimeback||Tackling||Gunner|
|Formations - Nomenclature|