The Oakland Raiders have been slowly improving over the past few seasons, and as a result, they have increased the number of players who could make the Pro Bowl in 2012. The first player on the list probably should have gone to the last five Pro Bowls, but instead, only made his first Pro Bowl team this past year in 2011. One half of the Raiders dynamic duo of kicking, Sebastian Janikowski is easily one of the two best kickers in the NFL.
After the Raiders made waves by selecting Janikowski in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft, he spent a number of his first years in the NFL being known more for what Al Davis had done in selecting him so high, than for his play. However, after spending 12 years in the NFL, Janikowski has become one of the most impressive kickers in NFL history.
In 2011, despite getting older, Janikowski put up the best year of his career. He finally made the Pro Bowl and was also named to the All Pro team. Plus, in week one of the regular season, he tied the NFL record for the longest field goal in history with his 63 yard field goal against the Denver Broncos.
Janikowski has showed no signs of slowing down as he gets older, and will likely be looking for an opportunity to break the record for the league's longest field goal in 2012. Janikowski really should be a shoe in for the Pro Bowl as long as he stays healthy.
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