“Simply the best.” That song by Tina Turner could very well become the theme music for Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. His NFL-record setting 66-yard field goal that gave the Ravens a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday was the latest example. “Justin Tucker, hey, he’s the best kicker in history. When you have a kicker like that, you want to give them an opportunity like that. For him to come through like that is just historic. Someone came up to me on the sideline and said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before,’” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game. With the game on the line and seconds left in the game, Tucker was unbothered as he lined up for the kick. That’s Tucker though. The pressure doesn’t seem to get to him. There’s never a moment that’s too big.
“I don’t want to build him up too much and get his head too big, but he does have kind of the perfect personality for the job. He likes the stage. He’s not afraid of it; he relishes it. You guys know; it’s his personality. It’s who he is, and I think that combination, with talent and good coaching, goes a long way,” Harbaugh said on Monday, September 27, 2021. Needless to say, Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance. It’s the 12th time he has won the award. Tucker joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2012. He helped the Ravens to their second Super Bowl victory as a rookie.
Tucker is a four-time first-team All-Pro and was named to the second team twice. He’s also been named to four Pro Bowls. When the NFL came out with its 2010 All-Decade team, Tucker was a unanimous selection. Throughout his 10-year career, no other kicker has been more accurate. His 90.7 field goal percentage is the highest in NFL history (minimum of 100 attempts). It’s pretty clear why Ravens teammate Marlon Humphrey calls Tucker “Legatron.”