By making three field goals and an extra point in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay, Panthers kicker John Kasay moved to 10th on the NFL's all-time scoring list with 1,703 points. Kasay, who passed Jan Stenerud (1,699 points) Sunday, is in his 18th NFL season. He played from 1991-1994 with the Seahawks, and from 1995-1999 and 2001-this season with the Panthers.
Kasay is only fifth among active kickers on this all-time scoring list, which features kickers only. He trails John Carney (now the Saints' backup), Matt Stover (Colts), Jason Elam (cut by the Falcons last week) and Jason Hanson (Lions). Of course this is a Panthers blog, so you readers don't care about those other active kickers (probably many of you don't care about Kasay either. At this point I should inform you this entire post is about the team's kicker).
As for Kasay, he is obviously the 15-year-old Panthers' statistical leader in every field goal and extra point category. So where does he rank all-time in kicking categories besides scoring (and of course kickoffs)?
In his career Kasay has made 402 of 493 field goals (81.54 percent) and 497 of 507 extra points (98.03 percent).
At the moment Kasay is 17th all-time in field goal percentage (just ahead of Philadelphia's David Akers, at 81.52 percent) and 15th among active kickers, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. He is 7th all-time in field goals made, trailing leader Morten Andersen (565).
Kasay is 55th in all-time extra point percentage and 22nd in extra points made.
Kasay is third with 35 field goals of 50-plus yards in his career. Only Andersen (40) and Elam (37) have made more. Andersen has been retired since 2007 and Elam is at the moment out of the NFL, so Kasay figures to get a shot at the record.
As you would expect, Kasay has had a few excellent single-season performances during his career. Kasay is third in the record books in field goals made over a single season. He kicked 37 in 1996, tying him with Mike Vanderjagt of the 2003 Colts. Neil Rackersof the 2005 Cardinals owns the record with 40.
Kasay led the NFL in scoring in 1996 with 145 points. That mark is the 17th-highest total over a regular season in NFL history, trailing the record 186 points running back LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers tallied in 2006.
Kasay led the NFL in extra points made last season, with 46. Also in 2008 Kasay connected on 90.32 of his field goal attempts. Only 53 times in NFL history have kickers been more efficient kicking field goals over one season. (Four kickers have made every field goal attempt in one season).