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Justin Tucker was a teammate with Nick Foles at Westlake High School and was a standout kicker for the Chaparrals before making the short move to the 40 Acres, where he kicked one of the biggest field goals in Texas Football history. Tucker was a punter and kicker for the Longhorns, going 27-for-27 on extra points in 2010 and 44-for-44 in 2011. He also punted 155 times in four seasons at Texas. In his two seasons as the kicker, Tucker made 83.3 percent of his field goals and scored 191 points. Of course many remember only one of his kicks. Playing in the final Texas-Texas A&M game (at least the final one we know of), Tucker, a senior, hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Aggies 27-25 in College Station.
Pro career: Tucker wasn’t drafted but signed with the Baltimore Ravens following the 2012 NFL Draft. He has gone on to kick in the Super Bowl, earn two Pro Bowl appearances, be a two-time first-team All-Pro selection and a second-team All-Pro selection. He currently has the highest field goal accuracy of any kicker in NFL History. In February of 2016, the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Tucker and later that year he signed a $16.8 million, 4-year extension.
Why he’s here: He’s the best kicker in the NFL, and in just six years, has set or tied six NFL records, including the longest field goal in a dome stadium, most 50-yard field goals in a game and most 50-yard field goals in a season. He has become one of the most dangerous special teams players in the league and could even be considered one of the current faces of the Baltimore Ravens franchise — which is hard to do when you’re a kicker. Plus he already has a Super Bowl ring, which sets him apart from other Longhorns in the NFL.
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