Who is Mason Crosby?
- Mason Crosby was drafted by the Packers in the 6th round of the 2007 NFL Draft
- He broke two NFL records on his NFL debut
- The 37-year-old was a part of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV-winning squad
Mason Crosby is an American football kicker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Born on September 3, 1984, he played college football at University of Colorado and was drafted by the Packers in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In his NFL debut, Crosby became the first player to ever kick both a game-winning field goal with just over a minute left and a 50-yard field goal. On the opening weekend of his first season, he became the first rookie kicker to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Additionally, the 37-year-old was a part of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV-winning squad.
The Green Bay Packers selected Crosby in the sixth round (193rd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Crosby and Dave Rayner, the current placekicker, were both in contention for the same spot when the training camp began. The rookie made the longest field goal in Heinz Field (now Acrisure Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers) history when he kicked a 52-yarder against the Steelers in Green Bay's first preseason game. During the last roster cut, he was awarded the starting position.
In the last seconds of the first half of the team's regular-season opener against the Eagles in 2010, the kicker made a field goal from 56 yards—the then longest of his career and a franchise record. Crosby and the Packers took on the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign. He scored all four extra point attempts and his lone field goal attempt in the 31-25 victory.
He had a 63.6 field goal percentage for the year 2012. For any kicker who was still in the league in 2012, this was their lowest field goal percentage. Crosby tied Ryan Longwell and Chester Marcol for the franchise single-season record with 33 field goals made in the 2013 campaign. He became the third player reach 1,000 points in the 2014 season when he did so in the 124th game of his career, a Week 13 game between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots. On September 20, 2015, The kicker's fourth field goal of the contest against the Seattle Seahawks eclipsed Ryan Longwell's 1,054-point team career scoring record. He currently holds the record for most goals scored in Packers history.
Crosby and the Packers agreed to a four-year contract extension on March 1st, 2016. 2017 would be just the second time in the kicker's 10-year NFL career that he would not have participated in a playoff game due to the Packers' struggles on defence, the loss of Aaron Rodgers for the majority of the season, and errors on special teams. The 37-year-old extended his contract with the Packers for a three-year, $12.9 million deal on February 24, 2020. The Green Bay Packers changed the terms of Crosby's contract on March 23, 2021, converting a portion of his basic pay into a salary bonus and his $1.25 million roster bonus into a signing bonus. The kicker's contract was extended by 3 void years as a part of this reorganization.