Jon Brown, the kicker signed by the Jags last week, had never attempted a field goal in a regular-season game. At any level. Ever. Not in high school, not college, certainly not in the NFL. On Sunday against the Detroit Lions, he made his very first attempt, splitting the uprights with a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter and becoming part of NFL trivia lore. The kicking situation has been so rocky in Jacksonville that Brown’s field goal even put the Jags in the history books.
Jacksonville became the first team since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to have a different player attempt a field goal or PAT in five consecutive games, according to Elias Sports. Furthermore, the Jags are the fifth NFL team since the merger to have five players attempt a field goal or PAT in a single season.
Brown came into the league as a kickoff specialist and has bounced around from the Bengals, 49ers and now the Jaguars. He played soccer at Kentucky before transferring and continuing his college career at Louisville. He eventually joined the Louisville football team as a backup kicker, but a proven kicker remained in front of him and Brown ended his college career with only eight college kickoffs.
Now Brown has to see if Sunday’s effort — he missed a 32-yard attempt after it hit the top of the upright and bounced off — is enough to keep him in the NFL and his dream of being an NFL kicker alive.
“It doesn’t make sense what I’m doing,” Brown said of his improbable career in 2018. “All the odds were against me, but I knew God wasn’t going to lead me wrong.”
— NFL Up (@NFLUpOfficial) October 18, 2020
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