Justin Tucker has kicked in the NFL for nine seasons -- the most accurate kicker in league history (minimum 100 attempts). Tucker has shown no signs of slowing down at 31 years old, earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and hitting 85% of his field goals in a season for the eighth time in his career.
As Tucker approaches the second half of his excellent career, the Baltimore Ravens reliable kicker has no plans of hanging up his cleats. Far from it.
"I feel like that question has come up more and more since I turned 30 years old and now that I'm entering my 10th season in the NFL, but I haven't even hit my prime yet," Tucker said to reporters Monday. "We're just getting started. In all seriousness, it is a day-to-day thing. It's not even day-to-day; it's one kick to the next – just make the next kick. It's always been, 'Make the next kick.'"
The strategy has worked for Tucker so far. Tucker's 92.2 career field goal percentage when kicking on grass (177-of-192) ranks as the best in NFL history. His 94.7 career field goal percentage in the second half and overtime (142-of-150) also ranks first in league history. Tucker has the most field goals made (291) and most points scored 1,223) since 2012 -- his rookie season.
More history is on the line for Tucker in 2021. He needs 108 points to beat Stephen Gostkowski (1,330 points) for the most points scored through a player's first 10 seasons in NFL history. Tucker needs 12 more field goal attempts to tie Jason Elam (333) for the most through a kicker's first 10 seasons in NFL history. Tucker's 291 field goals made are already an NFL record through a kicker's first 10 seasons -- and he's played nine years.
"I don't really allow myself time to think about, 'How long do I want to keep playing or what accolades may I be able to achieve?' All that stuff will kind of take care of itself. I'm just enjoying the ride," Tucker said. "So, all of the accolades, especially the individual ones, that stuff will figure itself out. I'm just enjoying myself. I'm enjoying my time with my teammates, with my friends, with my coaches, and all that stuff will just sort itself out."