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Stephen Hauschka
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Hauschka with the Seahawks in 2014
No. 4     
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-29) June 29, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth: Needham, Massachusetts
Career information
College: Middlebury,

NC State

Undrafted in 2008
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2008)*
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Field goals     242
FG attempts     280
Field goal %     86.4
Long FG     58
Touchbacks     333
Stats at NFL.com

Stephen Theodore Hauschka (name commonly spelled as Steven Hauschka; born June 29, 1985) is an American football placekicker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Middlebury College and North Carolina State.

Hauschka has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Locomotives, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks. He won Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Seahawks, and is the seventh most-accurate kicker in NFL history.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Stephen Hauschka grew up in Needham, Massachusetts, where he played on the Needham High School Rockets varsity soccer team, the varsity basketball team, and the varsity lacrosse team. He also played trombone in the NHS concert band and NHS jazz band.[2] He did not play football for the Rockets. He graduated in 2003 and went to Middlebury College with intent to play Division III soccer for the Panthers.

College careerEdit

Middlebury CollegeEdit

In 2003, Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury Panthers men's varsity soccer team and finished the season on junior varsity. Prior to his sophomore soccer season, Hauschka was urged by his friend, Scott Secor, to try out for the football team, where he edged out freshman recruit Jacob Lister for the starting kicker role.[3] In his three seasons with the Panthers, he was a two-time All-NESCAC selection as both a kicker and punter. He owns the school's single-season and career records for field goals. He was named a District I Academic All-American by College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) during his senior year. He was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the top college football placekicker. Hauschka was also a member of the Middlebury College lacrosse team. Hauschka graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in neuroscience in 2007.[citation needed]

North Carolina StateEdit

After graduating with honors from Middlebury College, Hauschka decided to forgo an acceptance to dental school and enrolled as a graduate student at North Carolina State in 2007. Since Hauschka was cut from the Middlebury College men's varsity soccer team during his freshman season, he retained one year of eligibility and won the kicking job for the Wolfpack. He then went 25-for-25 on extra points and 16-for-18 on field goals, which included a game-winning kick versus the Miami Hurricanes.[citation needed]

At North Carolina State, his first name was misspelled as "Steven", a spelling which he continued to use into his professional career.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Hauschka was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 to share kicking duties with Ryan Longwell in the preseason. He would later be released by the team.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Ravens after being released by the Vikings. He was signed to the Ravens' practice squad on September 15, 2008. He was activated on October 30 to handle the long-range field goals and kickoffs, sharing kicking duties with longtime Ravens kicker Matt Stover. His first professional field goal attempt came on November 9, 2008, against the Houston Texans, where he successfully hit a 54-yard field goal.

An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2009 off-season, Hauschka was re-signed on March 17 as the Ravens chose not to re-sign Stover. On November 17, 2009, the Ravens released Hauschka, after he missed his fourth attempt of the season; he converted 9 of 13 field goals (69.2%) in 2009.[5]

After his release from the Ravens, Hauschka tried out for the Atlanta Falcons on November 24, 2009,[6] and for the Dallas Cowboys on December 21.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Hauschka was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on December 29, 2009, after an injury to placekicker Matt Bryant. He was waived by the team on August 15, 2010.

Detroit LionsEdit

Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on August 18, 2010. He played two preseason games for the Lions due to Lions' starter Jason Hanson's leg surgery. He was waived by the Lions on September 4, 2010.

Las Vegas LocomotivesEdit

Hauschka was signed by the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives on October 4, 2010. On October 8, Hauschka tied the UFL record with three field goals in a single game.

Denver BroncosEdit

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On December 12, 2010, the Denver Broncos signed Hauschka after a season-ending groin injury to Matt Prater. He was waived by the team on September 3, 2011.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

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Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on September 4, 2011.

In a Week 10 match-up against the Baltimore Ravens, Hauschka tied the Seahawks' record for most field goals in a game, by scoring five of them, leading Seattle to a 22–17 upset.

In the Wild Card Round against the Washington Redskins, Hauschka strained his calf, and was placed on injured reserve. On April 18, 2013, the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka.

In Week 4 of the 2013 season, Hauschka kicked a 45-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a come-from-behind overtime victory against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The final score was 23–20, after trailing the Texans, 20–3, in the first half. Thanks to Hauschka's game-winning kick, the Seahawks went 4–0 for the first time in franchise history. The Seahawks finished 13–3 and reached Super Bowl XLVIII, where they defeated the Denver Broncos, 43–8.

On March 17, 2014, the Seahawks re-signed Hauschka to a three-year contract worth $9.15 million, of which $3.35 million was guaranteed.[7] He began the 2015 season by hitting his first 16 field-goal attempts, including four from 50 yards or more.[8]

Hauschka was named an alternate for the 2016 Pro Bowl.[9]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 9, 2017, Hauschka signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.[10] Competing against rookie Austin Rehkow for a roster spot, Hauschka won the competition on August 20.[11]

On September 10, 2017, in the season-opening 21–12 victory over the New York Jets, Hauschka made his debut as a Bill. He converted three extra points in the win.[12] In Week 3, Hauschka went 4-for-4 on field goals, including a 55-yarder, and converted all extra-point attempts, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[13] The following week, he was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals including a tie-breaking 56-yarder in a 23–17 win over the Falcons, earning him his second straight AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[14]

Hauschka broke the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made from 50 yards or beyond after he made a 50-yard field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers on November 19, 2017.[15]

In Week 10 of the 2018 season, Hauschka made all seven of his kicks, five extra points and two field goals, including a season-long 54-yarder, in a 41–10 win over the New York Jets, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[16]

On August 28, 2019, Hauschka signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Bills.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team GP FGM FG Att FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long XP Made XP Att Points
2008 BAL 8 1 2 50.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 54 0 0 3
2009 BAL 9 9 13 69.2 0-0 1-1 5-7 3-5 0-0 44 27 28 54
2010 DEN 4 6 7 85.7 0-0 9-9 3-3 2-3 0-0 46 10 10 28
2011 SEA 16 25 30 83.3 2-2 5-6 9-10 7-8 2-4 52 34 34 109
2012 SEA 16 24 27 88.9 1-1 7-7 10-10 5-5 1-4 52 46 48 118
2013 SEA 16 33 35 94.3 0-0 10-11 9-9 11-12 3-3 53 44 44 143
2014 SEA 16 31 37 83.8 0-0 10-10 10-10 9-13 2-4 58 41 41 134
2015 SEA 16 29 31 93.5 0-0 9-9 7-7 7-9 6-6 54 40 44 127
2016 SEA 16 33 37 89.2 0-0 11-13 13-13 8-10 1-1 53 29 35 128
2017 BUF 16 29 33 87.9 0-0 6-6 9-9 7-9 7-9 56 29 29 116
2018 BUF 16 22 28 78.6 0-0 3-3 8-8 7-10 4-7 54 25 26 91
Total 149 242 280 86.4 3-3 63-67 83-86 66-84 27-40 58 325 339 1051

[18]

NFL recordsEdit

  • Most consecutive field goals made from 50 yards or further: 13

Bills franchise recordsEdit

  • Most 50-yard field goals made in a season: 7

Seahawks franchise recordsEdit

  • Most field goals made in franchise history: 175
  • Longest field goal made: 58 yards (tied with Josh Brown)
  • Most consecutive games scoring: 94
  • Most consecutive games with a field goal: 19
  • Most field goals made in a game: 5 (tied with Norm Johnson, Olindo Mare and Todd Peterson)
  • Highest field goal percentage in a season: 94.3 (2013)
  • Highest field goal percentage in a career: 88.3

Personal lifeEdit

Hauschka married Lindsey Jones in June 2011 shortly after her graduation from Boston College Law School.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NFL Field Goal % Career Leaders" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/fg_perc_career.htm.
  2. Reiss, Jaclyn (January 23, 2014). "Needham native Steven Hauschka, once a soccer player, now Super Bowl contender". http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/needham/2014/01/needham_native_steven_hauschka_once_a_soccer_player_now_supe.html.
  3. "Middlebury - Cumulative Season Statistics". Middlebury.edu. http://cat.middlebury.edu/~sports/fall_sports/football/archive/2004/TEAMCUME.HTM.
  4. Wulf, Steve (June 13, 2014). "Steven Hauschka's road to SB XLVIII". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11066799/seattle-seahawks-kicker-steven-hauschka-long-road-middlebury-college-super-bowl-xlviii.
  5. "Ravens Release Hauschka". www.BaltimoreRavens.com. November 17, 2009. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/11/Ravens_Release_Hauschka.aspx.
  6. Hensley, Jamison (November 24, 2009). "Hauschka tries out for Falcons". Baltimore Sun Ravens Insider Blog. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2009/11/hauschka_tries_out_for_falcons.html.
  7. Breech, John (March 17, 2014). "Seahawks re-sign K Steven Hauschka to three-year deal". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24489600/seahawks-re-sign-k-steven-hauschka-to-three-year-deal.
  8. "Steven Hauschka - Seattle Seahawks - National Football League - Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo.com. https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/9066/.
  9. Boyle, John (December 22, 2015). "Seven Seahawks Earn 2016 Pro Bowl Honors". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151223142320/http://www.seahawks.com/news/2015/12/22/seven-seahawks-earn-2016-pro-bowl-honors.
  10. Brown, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Bills agree to terms with five including S Hyde and K Hauschka". http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-agree-to-terms-with-five-including-S-Hyde-and-K-Hauschka/d8d35fb4-046c-47e6-a289-2a7dff43e38e.
  11. Brown, Chris (August 20, 2017). "Bills sign TE Anderson, S McDonald". http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-sign-TE-Anderson-S-McDonald/2f3f10b1-5ba9-4920-b883-dc7db8be5a03.
  12. "New York Jets at Buffalo Bills - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201709100buf.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  13. Lam, Quang M. (September 27, 2017). "Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of the Week". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000852295/article/tom-brady-kirk-cousins-among-players-of-the-week.
  14. "Deshaun Watson, Todd Gurley among Players of Week". October 4, 2017. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000856627/article/deshaun-watson-todd-gurley-among-players-of-week.
  15. Warren, Matt (November 19, 2017). "Buffalo Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka sets NFL record for consecutive 50-yard field goals". Buffalo Rumblings. SB Nation. https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2017/11/19/16677264/buffalo-bills-kicker-stephen-hauschka-sets-nfl-record-for-consecutive-50-yard-field-goals. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  16. Bergman, Jeremy (November 14, 2018). "Ben Roethlisberger, Mitch Trubisky among Players of the Week". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000988095/article/ben-roethlisberger-mitch-trubisky-among-players-of-the-week.
  17. Gordon, Grant (August 28, 2019). "Stephen Hauschka inks 2-year extension with Bills". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001044722/article/stephen-hauschka-inks-2year-extension-with-bills.
  18. "Stephen Hauschka Stats - ESPN". http://www.espn.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/11923/stephen-hauschka.
  19. "Lindsey Jones, Stephen Hauschka". New York Times. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130203142348/http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/fashion/weddings/lindsey-jones-stephen-hauschka-weddings.html.

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