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Is this the end for Raiders kicker/former Nole Sebastian Janikowski?

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At some point father time gets the best of all of us. And, we wonder if that is the case for the tremendous 18 year career of Raiders kicker and former FSU All American, Sebastian Janikowski.

Janikowski, who’s lethal leg strength once made him a first round pick, sat out last season on injured reserve with a back injury. And now, Oakland appears set to release him prior to the start of the new league year in March.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the story first on Wednesday evening:

Janikowski holds the NFL record currently, and may forever, with an astounding 55 field goals of 50 yards + in his career. He also has career 80% success rate (414-515 made), and was regarded as the standard of long distance field goal kickers in pro football throughout the 2000’s. Amazingly Janikowski only made one Pro Bowl, in 2011.

His career launched at Florida State in 1997-99, where he won the Lou Groza award as the nation’s top kicker in each of his last two seasons. Janikowski also kicked for the Noles in the BCS Title Game win over Michael Vick and Virginia Tech.

The Raiders brash late owner Al Davis turned heads, when he selected Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. And, during an erratic rookie season where he was a shaky 22-32 in field goal attempts, former and now, once again, Raiders coach Jon Gruden admitted this past season that he wanted Janikowski benched or released.

Davis and the Raiders stuck with Janikowski and the rest is a storied career and a definite fan favorite of the Raiders “Black Hole.”

Oakland chose to put him on injured reserve last September with a back injury and went to another left footed kicker in rookie Giorgio Tavecchio who made 16-21 field goals on the year for the Raiders.

Janikowski turns 40 years old on March 2nd, and while others, like Hall of Famer Morten Andersen, have kicked in the NFL in their 40’s, you wonder if Janikowski can come back.

If he can’t, it’s a 17 year career of booming left footed field goals to remember.

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