Former Chiefs kicker Jan Stenerud will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday in Bozeman, Mont., as part of Allstate Insurance’s “Hometown Hall of Famers,” a national program honoring the roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Stenerud, a native of Norway, chose his alma mater, Montana State University, as the recipient of his hometown plaque that will be placed at the stadium where his football career began while he was also on scholarship as a member of the school’s ski team.
Stenerud, the only full-time kicker to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, revolutionized the art of place-kicking with his soccer-style approach. Stenerud spent 1967-79 in Kansas City and made three field goals in the Chiefs’ 23-7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.
He played 19 seasons in the NFL, including stints with Green Bay and Minnesota, and his 373 career field goals and seven seasons of scoring 100 or more points were NFL records at the time of his retirement. Stenerud’s total of 1,699 points was second all-time to George Blanda at the time of his retirement following the 1985 season.
Stenerud was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Other former Chiefs and members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who have been honored in the hometown program are: Len Dawson, Willie Lanier, Willie Roaf, Marcus Allen, Warren Moon and coach Marv Levy.