|Date of birth:January 27, 1968|
|Place of birth: Dallas, Texas, USA|
|College: Louisiana Tech|
|NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 12 / Pick: 329|
|Debuted in 1991 for the Cleveland Browns|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
John Matthew "Matt" Stover (born January 27, 1968) is a former American Football placekicker. He played college football for Louisiana Tech. As of the start of the 2009 NFL season, he was the third most accurate kicker in the history of the National Football League. He is of Greek origin and is Christian. He has spent time with the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns, and the Baltimore Ravens, where he played for 13 seasons. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in October 2009 to replace injured kicker Adam Vinatieri. His signature celebration had his thumbs and pointer fingers pointed outward with his arms halfway or all the way in the air.
Early years[change | change source]
Stover attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas (Class of 1986), the alma mater of fellow NFL placekicker Phil Dawson (Cleveland Browns). Stover won All-District honors as both a wide receiver and kicker. During the 1985-86 LHHS season he kicked a 53-yard field goal.
College career[change | change source]
Stover attended Louisiana Tech University. He graduated with a degree in marketing. During his college career, Stover made 64 of 88 field goal attempts. As a sophomore, facing Texas A&M, he kicked a 57-yard field goal, then a school record. He also punted as a senior, punting 36 times for 1,277 yards (34.1 yards per punt avg). He left Louisiana Tech with 262 career total points and seven field goals of 50 yards or more. Stover would sometimes kick the ball through the goal posts on the first kick-off of the game.
Professional career[change | change source]
New York Giants[change | change source]
Cleveland Browns[change | change source]
Stover signed with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 and spent five seasons as a Brown.
Baltimore Ravens[change | change source]
In 1996 the Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens. Stover spent the majority of his career as a Raven. In 2000, the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown in five straight games, in which Stover, who was selected as a Pro Bowler, scored all the team's points. Stover received a Super Bowl ring that year when the Ravens defeated his former team, the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
Stover kept kicking for the Ravens, setting records and kicking 18 late game-winning field goals.
In 2008, Stover booted a 43-yard field goal to win against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round. That was Stover's last field goal as a Raven. The Ravens decided not to re-sign Stover following the 2008 season.
Indianapolis Colts[change | change source]
As a free agent Stover signed with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2009 NFL season to replace the injured Adam Vinatieri. In Indianapolis, Stover played in two wins against the Ravens, and helped the Colts to an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV, at age 42, an NFL record. He missed an important 52-yard kick in the game against the New Orleans Saints and was not re-signed.
Retirement[change | change source]
Stover announced his retirement from football on May 25, 2011 with the Baltimore Ravens. At the time of his retirement, he was the last remaining member of the original Cleveland Browns still active in the NFL, and was also the last Raven to have played for the franchise before the move. He retired as the NFL's fourth all-time leading scorer.
Career stats[change | change source]
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NFL records[change | change source]
- NFL's fifth all-time leading scorer
- Most consecutive PATs: 422
- Most consecutive games with a field goal: 38
- Oldest player to participate in a Super Bowl: 42 years, 11 days old
- Oldest player to score in a Super Bowl: 42 years, 11 days old
References[change | change source]
- "Former Ravens kicker Matt Stover to retire". USA Today. May 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
- "Matt Stover #3 PK". ESPN Player Database. ESPN. Retrieved 8 February 2010. Unknown parameter
- Reiss, Matt (30 January 2010). "Vinatieri's shot at fifth ring bittersweet". ESPN. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Matt Stover Foundation Website
- NFL Profile
- NFL Kicking Records
- NFL Career Statistics
- Matt Stover at ESPN.com