Jan Stenerud
Kicker, 1967-79
Montana State University
Chiefs Hall of Fame (1992)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991)

Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jan Stenerud
Jan Stenerud, who was born November 26, 1942, in Fetsund, Norway, was an outstanding ski jumper who attended Montana State on a skiing scholarship. Late in his sophomore year, Stenerud was spotted kicking a football by the college's baseball coach who relayed the news of the Norwegian's abilities to the football coach.

For the next two years, he starred on the varsity football team with a then-record 59-yard field goal and 82 points scored as a senior. The Kansas City Chiefs were so impressed that they drafted Stenerud in the third round of the AFL's 1966 future draft.

The 6-2, 187-pound Stenerud excelled for 19 seasons and 263 games in pro football. He never missed a game because of injury or illness. He kicked for the Chiefs for 13 years from 1967 until 1979 but was released in the summer of 1980. Three months later, he signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he stayed with for four seasons. In 1984, the Packers traded Stenerud to the Minnesota Vikings for a seventh-round draft choice. He retired after the 1985 season.

Stenerud is the first “pure” placekicker to enter the Hall. His list of outstanding achievements is long. With 1,699 points, he ranked behind only the fabled George Blanda in all-time scoring at the time of his retirement.

His 373 career field goals and seven seasons of scoring 100 or more points were also NFL records. He kicked 17 field goals over 50 yards and his personal best was a 55-yarder against Denver in 1970.

In the Chiefs' upset victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV, Stenerud's three field goals, including a then Super Bowl record 48-yarder, accounted for the first nine points. A six-time all-league selection, Stenerud played in two AFL All-Star games and in four AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. He was named the Outstanding Offensive Player in the 1972 Pro Bowl.

Jan Stenerud's Career Statistics
Year
Team
G
XP
XA
FG
FGA
Pts
1967
KC
14
45
45
21
36
108
1968
KC
14
39
40
30
40
129
1969
KC
14
38
38
27
35
119
1970
KC
14
26
26
30
42
116
1971
KC
14
32
32
26
44
110
1972
KC
14
32
32
21
36
95
1973
KC
14
21
23
24
38
93
1974
KC
14
24
26
17
24
75
1975
KC
14
30
31
22
32
96
1976
KC
14
27
33
21
38
90
1977
KC
14
27
28
8
18
51
1978
KC
16
25
26
20
30
85
1979
KC
16
28
29
12
23
64
1980
GB
4
3
3
3
5
12
1981
GB
16
35
36
22
24
101
1982
GB
9
25
27
13
18
64
1983
GB
16
52
52
21
26
115
1984
Min
16
30
31
20
23
90
1985
Min
16
41
43
15
26
86
Totals
263
580
601
373
558
1,699
Postseason
7
12
13
13
21
51