David Akers
David Akers
Akers with the Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ersNo. 2
Date of Birth: December 09 1974 (1974-12-09) (age 44)
Place of Birth: Lexington, Kentucky
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
National Football League debut
1998 for the Washington Redskins
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: Louisville
Undrafted in 1997
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats to date
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David Roy Akers (born December 9, 1974) is a left footed American football placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 1997. He played college football at Louisville.

Akers has also been a member of the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Berlin Thunder, and Philadelphia Eagles. He has made the Pro Bowl five times in his career.

Early yearsEdit

Akers attended Tates Creek High School in Lexington.

College careerEdit

Akers attended college at the University of Louisville. During his four-year career, Akers kicked a school-record 36 field goals (with a long of 51 yards against Texas A&M University), and ranks second in Louisville's all-time scoring list, with 219 points.

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta Falcons and Carolina PanthersEdit

Between 1997 and 1998, as an undrafted free agent, Akers spent time trying to make the team with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Washington RedskinsEdit

Akers was signed by the Washington Redskins in 1998 and played in one game for them, making two extra points but missing two field goal attempts of 50+ yards each. He was waived during the 1999 season.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

David Akers

Akers attempting a field goal in August 2009.

After Washington cut Akers, the Philadelphia Eagles claimed him off waivers and allocated him to NFL Europe. A solid season with the Berlin Thunder helped him earn the kicking job for the Eagles in 2000.

Akers proved to be one of the biggest special teams surprises in all of the NFL that season. He made 29 out of 33 field goals (an 87.9% success rate), and had a team-record 121 points. Akers earned the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month award in November 2000. He made the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2001 as he went 26-for-31, making a team-record seventeen consecutive field goals during the season.

Akers' best statistical season was 2002 when he connected on 30 of 34 field goals (88.2%), scored a team-record 133 points, and made another Pro Bowl. He got fewer chances in 2003, but still made 24 of 29 field goals. He made the second-longest field goal in Eagles' history on September 14, 2003, a 57-yarder against the New England Patriots at the new Lincoln Financial Field (the only longer field goal in Eagles' history was Tony Franklin's 59-yard field goal in 1979.) In 2004, Akers continued his consistent kicking with an 84.4% field goal percentage.

Injuries finally got to Akers in 2005 when he tore the hamstring in his non-kicking leg during the opening kickoff against the Oakland Raiders on September 25, 2005. Akers left the game, but returned in the second half with a heavily-taped leg to make two extra points and then kick the game-winning 28-yard field goal before collapsing in pain as his teammates mobbed him. He missed the next four games and finished the season 16 for 22, but still made his third Pro Bowl.

In 2006, Akers was injury-free, but making 18 of 23 attempts (78.3%), his second worst season statistically.

On December 16, 2007, in a 10-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Akers set the Philadelphia Eagles franchise record for most points and on Thanksgiving in 2008, Akers passed 1,000 career points during a 48-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

On December 7, 2008, Akers kicked a 51-yard field goal at Giants Stadium, his longest of the season. In the same game he had two field goals blocked, one of which was returned for a touchdown. At the end of the 2008 regular season, Akers again set the team single-season scoring record with an NFC best 144 points. He connected on 33 of 40 field goals (82.5 pct), his best percentage since 2004.

On January 11, 2009, Akers kicked three field goals in three attempts during a divisional playoff win over the New York Giants. The second of these was his seventeenth consecutive field goal without a miss during the postseason, breaking an NFL record held by one-time Eagle Gary Anderson. Akers holds an NFL record 19 consecutive postseason field goal conversions, and ranks third all time in total postseason field goal conversions with twenty-eight.[1] The streak was snapped in the next week against the Arizona Cardinals.

Akers was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl, his fifth. He was also named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s.[2]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Akers was signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a three-year contract on July 29, 2011. He kicked a 59-yard field goal just before halftime in a preseason game against New Orleans on August 12, 2011. On September 18, 2011, he kicked a 55-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys, setting a record for the longest field goal made at Candlestick Park.

On September 9th, 2012 in a game against the Green Bay Packers, Akers tied three other kickers for the longest field goal in NFL history with a 63-yard field goal. Before the ball went through the crossbars, it bounced off of the crossbar and was almost blocked by Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb.

NFL RecordsEdit

  • Consecutive postseason field goal conversions: 19
  • Points in a single decade (2000–2009): 1,114
  • Points in Pro Bowl History: 48


Akers and his wife, Erika, reside in San Francisco, California, with their sons Luke and Sawyer, and daughter Halley. Formerly residents of Medford, New Jersey.

In 2001, the Akers family formed the David Akers Kicks for Kids Foundation, which has established programs with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to benefit sick children and their families.[3]


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