GREEN BAY - Ryan Longwell retired a Green Bay Packer Tuesday.
The kicker played in Green Bay from 1997 until 2005. He then played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 until 2011. He also kicked in one playoff game for the Seattle Seahwaks last year.
During his news conference Tuesday at Lambeau Field, Longwell reflected upon his NFL career.
“I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished over here,” Longwell said. “I felt like I had a great run in Minnesota, but you know I was blessed. I was blessed to live what is the Packers experience for 9 years.”
Longwell further stated, “You know this is my first team. Sarah and I grew up here and this was our NFL experience. And we were so blessed to see this whole operation from the other side, from the visiting sideline, from the visiting locker room, from the other side of the state line and see just how special, not just the tradition and the fan base, but the people here are and how crazy the fans are."
Longwell scored 1,054 points during his nine years in Green Bay, a team record. He also holds the team records for field goals (226), field-goal percentage (81.6), seasons leading the team in field goals (9), extra points (376), 100-point seasons (8) and consecutive games scoring (144).
Longwell's 964 points between 1997 and 2004 led the NFL.
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