Chiefs Hall of Honor

AFL

Jan Stenerud

Jan Stenerud

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1967-1979

Born: November 26, 1942 (Fetsund, Norway)

College: Montana State

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1966 / 3rd Rd, Futures Draft

Career Highlights:

  • Pro Football 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1994
  • Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team, 1990
  • AFL All-Star Game, 1968-69
  • AFC/NFC Pro Bowl, 1970-71, 1975, 1984
  • Outstanding Offensive Player Pro Bowl, 1972
  • All-AFL/AFC, 1967-70, 1975-76
  • All-Pro, 1967-1971, 1974-76
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1991
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1992

The Norwegian came to America on a skiing scholarship at Montana State University in Bozeman in 1963. Two years later, he kicked a then-NCAA record 59-yard field goal and became a focus of the Chiefs’ fabled scouting department. Stenerud was not the first soccer-style kicker in pro football, but he was the first truly dominant kicker of the modern era, and he converted 70% of his field goals at a time when the league average was barely 50 percent. Stenerud’s three field goals staked the Chiefs to a 9-0 lead in Super Bowl IV, and his 48-yard kick that opened the scoring in that game stood as a Super Bowl record for nearly a quarter century. “Jan was awesome,” said teammate Mike Garrett. “We knew if we could get the ball to midfield, we could score.” In 1991, Stenerud was the first pure kicker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; three years later, he was selected as the kicker on the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team.

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