No. 30 -- Garo Yepremian

The controversial play took place with 2:07 left in the game, when Washington blocked Garo Yepremian's field-goal attempt, top. Yepremian recovered the ball to pass to Larry Csonka, bottom left, but it slipped from his hand. At that point, the Redskins' Mike Bass scooped the ball to run it in for a touchdown, erasing Miami's shot at a perfect game. . . . The difficult part of comparing kickers through eras is kicking has become so much more accurate due to more emphasis, better technique and improved conditions. So you have to put kickers in context. Yepremian made 67.1 percent of his career field goals. Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud: 66.8 percent. He was voted the Kicker of the Decade for the 1970s over Stenerud by Sports Illustrated and the Hall of Fame. He ended The Longest Game, the 1971 AFC Championship, with a 37-yard field goal in the second overtime after Stenerud missed two field goals and had another blocked. “You miss this, I’ll kill you,’’ Csonka told Yepremian before the kick. Yepremian also contributed to sports history by saying, “I keek a touchdown,” as a rookie after making an extra point for Detroit and for throwing the wonderfully comical interception in Super Bowl VII. The point is this: If a kicker gets in the Hall of Fame, why Stenerud?
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( AP file photos / August 26, 2002 )

The controversial play took place with 2:07 left in the game, when Washington blocked Garo Yepremian's field-goal attempt, top. Yepremian recovered the ball to pass to Larry Csonka, bottom left, but it slipped from his hand. At that point, the Redskins' Mike Bass scooped the ball to run it in for a touchdown, erasing Miami's shot at a perfect game. . . . The difficult part of comparing kickers through eras is kicking has become so much more accurate due to more emphasis, better technique and improved conditions. So you have to put kickers in context. Yepremian made 67.1 percent of his career field goals. Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud: 66.8 percent. He was voted the Kicker of the Decade for the 1970s over Stenerud by Sports Illustrated and the Hall of Fame. He ended The Longest Game, the 1971 AFC Championship, with a 37-yard field goal in the second overtime after Stenerud missed two field goals and had another blocked. “You miss this, I’ll kill you,’’ Csonka told Yepremian before the kick. Yepremian also contributed to sports history by saying, “I keek a touchdown,” as a rookie after making an extra point for Detroit and for throwing the wonderfully comical interception in Super Bowl VII. The point is this: If a kicker gets in the Hall of Fame, why Stenerud?

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