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Rian Lindell
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Lindell with the Buffalo Bills in 2010.
No. 9     Buffalo Bills
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-01-20) January 20, 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
High School: Vancouver (WA) Mountain View
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2000 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL record for most consecutive extra points made to start a career (321)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 3, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Field Goals Made     283
Field Goals Attempted     348
Field Goals %     81.3
Career Long FG     56
Stats at NFL.com

Rian David Lindell (born January 20, 1977) is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Washington State where he was a part of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.

Early years Edit

Lindell attended Pacific Junior High School (now Pacific Middle School) in Vancouver, Washington, Mountain View High School in Vancouver.

College career Edit

At Washington State, Lindell played with quarterback Ryan Leaf and made an appearance in the 1998 Rose Bowl as a freshman. The Cougars lost to a Michigan Wolverines team that included future NFL players Brian Griese, Tom Brady (who was Griese's backup for the game) and Charles Woodson.

Professional career Edit

Lindell was with the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons before joining the Buffalo Bills in 2003; Lindell replaced Mike Hollis, who was allowed to leave as a free agent. He was generally regarded as having a stronger but slightly less accurate leg than Hollis.

In the 2006 season, Lindell converted 23 out of 25 field goal attempts, at 92%, tied for the league. On November 26, 2006, Lindell kicked the game winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars to complete Buffalo's upset over Jacksonville.

On November 11, 2007, Lindell kicked a game winning field goal to allow Buffalo to win 13-10 over the Miami Dolphins. On Sunday, December 2, 2007, Lindell kicked a game winning field goal against the Washington Redskins. Lindell was 5/5 in field goal attempts on that day. When kicking the game winning field goal, Lindell was "iced" twice by Washington head coach Joe Gibbs, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Washington, making the field goal 15 yards shorter.

In week 3 of the 2008 season, Lindell had a game winning field goal on the final play of the game vs. the Oakland Raiders, which allowed Buffalo to move to 3-0. Later, in week 11 of the season, Lindell missed a 47 yard field goal with 38 seconds left. As a result, the Cleveland Browns ran the clock out to secure a 29-27 victory.

On December 9, 2007, Rian Lindell set the record for the most consecutive field goals made in Buffalo Bills history. He had played in all 64 games for the Bills since 2003(until the middle of the 2011 season)and holds a Bills record with 83.04 field goal percentage.

On November 29, 2009, Lindell successfully made a 56-yard field goal against rivals Miami Dolphins. This was not only Lindell's longest field goal of his career but also tied Houston Texans' kicker Kris Brown for longest successful field goal in the league for the 2009 season, until Sebastian Janikowski made a 61-yarder in week 17.

On November 7, 2010 Lindell had an extra point blocked against the Chicago Bears, ending his streak at 321 successful extra points, an NFL record for most consecutive extra points to start a career.[1]

On September 25, 2011 Lindell booted two field goals against the Patriots, including a 28 yard game winner to give the Bills their first win in 15 games vs. the Patriots.

On November 6, 2011 Lindell injured his shoulder while trying to trip up New York Jets running back Joe McKnight. He missed the remainder of the season.[2] On February 7, 2012, the Bills announced that Lindell had agreed to a four-year contract for $10 million.[3]

Personal life Edit

Lindell is married to his wife Johna. He is an avid fan of baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.[4]

References Edit

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