In week one of the 2011 NFL season, Sebastian Janikowski tied a league record for the longest field goal in history when he kicked a 63 yard field goal against the Denver Broncos.
Since then, Janikowski has been absolutely on fire. He has made 11 of 12 field goals this season. That includes five field goals of 50 yards or longer already this season. Janikowski's only miss was on a 50 plus yard field goal as well. Anyone who has watched Janikowski this season knows that he is probably having his best season to date and that it could be an all time great season for a kicker.
In fact, Janikowski took one step closer to having an all time great season this year on Sunday in the Raiders away game against the Houston Texans. In that game. Janikowski tied a second NFL record by hitting three field goals of 50 or more yards in a single game, a feat that has only been done five times before Janikowski was able to do it on Sunday.
It seems only fitting that Janikowski played a major role in the Raiders win while tying an NFL record on the day after Al Davis passed. Janikowski was one of Al Davis' more controversial picks, being the first ever kicker to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Perhaps the passing of Mr. Davis will motivate Janikowski to reach even greater heights this season in loving memory of the man who showed so much faith and devotion to him.