It can be rough watching a player who is synonymous with your favorite team don another jersey. Chiefs fans are coming to terms with that right now with middle linebacker Derrick Johnson who joined the rival Raiders this offseason and will start in Silver & Black this season. Well, from the looks of it, Raiders fans will also experience that uneasy feeling this season with Sebastian Janikowski .
Janikowski aka ‘Seabass’ aka ‘The Polish Cannon’ was the Raiders first round pick in the 2000 draft out of Florida State. He spent 18 years in a Raiders uniform. Up until last season when a back injury placed him on season ending injured reserve just prior to the start of the season, he was their every day kicker.
Now at the age of 40, he is set to become the kicker for the Seahawks. That’s going to be weird.
Janikowski appears to have won the kicker battle in Seattle over contender Jason Myers.
There isn’t a whole lot left for Janikowski to accomplish. He has a few NFL records including, most notably, the most field goals of 50 or more yards (55). But there are a lot more.
Records in which he is sitting in second in NFL history include kickoffs (1229), kickoff yards (80,243), and touchbacks (404). He is also 9th in NFL history in field goals made (414), so he could potentially move up that list.
This reminds me of watching Tim Brown spend his final NFL season in Tampa. He left with 99 career receiving touchdowns and got one more to reach the 100 TD threshold. And it was not easy watching him play for another team. But that’s just how it goes sometimes. Players rarely are ready to give up their NFL career before the team.