It has been a year of milestones for Oakland Raiders' kicker Sebastian Janikowski. First he ties the NFL record for the longest field goal in history. Then he ties an NFL record with three field goals in one game of 50 yards or more. Then he makes his first Pro Bowl. And now that shoe he wore to kick the 63-yard field goal in the opener is being honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Here is what the card reads that is in the display describing the shoe's significance:
On display is the kicking shoe worn by the Oakland Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski when he booted a record-tying 63-yard field goal during Kickoff Weekend of the 2011 season. The field goal came on the last play of the first half to put the Raiders in front of the Denver Broncos 16-3. The 63-yarder was the third in NFL history. The record was originally set by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints in 1970 and tied in 1998 by the Broncos' Jason Elam. Amazingly, Janikowski nailed a 70-yarder with distance to spare in pre-game warm-ups that night. The Raiders won the season-opening Monday Night match-up 23-20.
The Pro Bowl nod was a long time coming for Janikowski-the first of his career. So having his shoe placed in the Hall of Fame must be above and beyond for him. And the Hall of Fame said; It's gotta be the shoe.