Justin Tucker has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for his outstanding performance during September. It’s the fifth time Tucker has won the award.
Tucker made nine of 10 field goal attempts during September, including three kicks from 50 yards or more. His only miss this season was a 43-yard blocked kick in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos.
In Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tucker was 4-for-4 on field goals in the second half, accounting for all the second-half scoring in the Ravens’ 26-14 victory. Heinz Field in Pittsburgh is among the most challenging venues for field goal kickers, but Tucker is 18-for-19 there during his career. He recently spoke about how much he enjoys making field goals in Pittsburgh.
“Heinz Field is definitely my favorite place to play on the road, especially when they crank up the volume on that speaker system and play ‘Renegade’ in the third, fourth quarter when they’re trying to energize the whole place,” Tucker said. “You can’t help but love being in that environment; that’s awesome. When we’re at Heinz Field and we have a chance to hit a big kick there, I feel like Bret Michaels in the mid-80’s.”
Tucker is the most accurate field goal kicker of all time, having made 211 of 234 field goals (90.2 percent). He has made eight straight kicks from 50 yards or more, and 36 field goals from 50 yards or beyond since entering the NFL in 2012, the most of any kicker.
The 211 field goals by Tucker since 2012 are the most of any kicker during that period, six more than Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots, and 27 more than Stephen Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills. Since extra points were moved back in 2015, Tucker (107-107) is the only field goal kicker yet to miss.