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Mike Lansford (born July 20, 1958 in Monterey Park, California) is a former National Football League placekicker from 1982-1990 for the Los Angeles Rams. In 1989, he led the league with 51 extra points. He is one of seven barefooted kickers in NFL history.

Mike Lansford
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Position:Kicker
Personal information
Born: (1958-07-20) July 20, 1958 (age 61)
Monterey Park, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College:Washington
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 12 / Pick: 312
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:217
Field goals made:158
FG%:72.8
Long:52

Lansford was known more for accuracy and being a clutch kicker than he was for a strong leg. He was only 4 of 17 in his career on field goal attempts of 50 yards or more, but was successful on nearly 75% of his attempts inside 45 yards. In addition, he never missed a last minute game tying or winning field goal. His 42-yard field goal in New Orleans in the final moments of the 1983 season's final game gave the Rams a 26-24 win over the Saints and sent the Rams to the playoffs over the Saints. In 1989, he kicked a last second field goal in San Francisco to beat the 49ers 13-12, and in the 1989 NFC divisional playoff game, he made 2 fourth-quarter field goals in a swirling wind at the Meadowlands to enable the Rams to tie the Giants in a game the Rams eventually won in overtime.

He also made last minute field goals to beat the Cardinals in 1984, the 49ers in 1986, the Bears in 1986 (a 50 yarder), and the Cardinals in 1987, as well as an overtime winner vs. the Saints in 1989.

FamilyEdit

Lansford married Teresa Nelleson c. 1984/1985.[1] He later married Jill Haus-Lansford.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-07-31/sports/sp-388_1_mike-lansford
  2. ^ "Hard Knocks comes to Los AngelesLos Angeles Post-Examiner". lapostexaminer.com.