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Ryan Walker Longwell (born August 16, 1974) is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League. After playing college football for the California Golden Bears, he started his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers, but never played a game for that franchise. He then played for the Green Bay Packers from 1997 to 2005.

Early years

Longwell attended high school in Bend, Oregonmarker, where he played high school football for Bend High Schoolmarker's Lava Bears. A three-year letter winner in football as a kicker, Longwell also was the team's back-up quarterback. He also played baseball as a third baseman, earning three letters in that sport. He earned all-conference honors in both sports.

In 1993, he started college at the University of California, Berkeleymarker where he played football and earned four varsity letters. At California he served as both a punter and placekicker for the team, earning all-conference honors in the Pac-10 his senior year as a punter and second team honors as a kicker. Longwell graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Professional football

Longwell was acquired by the Green Bay Packers off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers in 1997. With the Packers, Longwell played in Super Bowl XXXII, where he kicked one field goal and three extra points in their 31-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. He signed a free agent contract with the Vikings in the 2006 offseason.

In his second game with the Minnesota Vikings, Longwell had one of the best performances of his career. He was responsible for all 16 of the Vikings points in a 16-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, kicking three field goals (including the game winning field goal in overtime) and throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal play in the fourth quarter.

Records

  • All time leading scorer in Green Bay Packers history with 1054 points.
  • Has the most field goals in Green Bay Packers history with 226.
  • Kicked longest field goal in Green Bay Packers history (54 yards - tied with Chris Jacke and Dave Rayner)
  • Fifth-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history, having converted 81% of his attempts.


Family

Longwell is the cousin of 1992 and 1996 Olympic athlete Michael Orr. He is married to Sarah Longwell, and they have two children, Shaye and Reece. The Longwell family lives in Eden Prairie, MNmarker.

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