San Francisco 49ers kicker Jake Moody made Tremendous Bowl historical past by connecting on a report 55-yard subject aim.
The rookie’s second-quarter kick gave his staff a 3-0 lead over the reigning champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Moody surpassed former Buffalo Payments kicker Steve Christie, who booted a 54-yarder to tie the Dallas Cowboys, 3-3, within the first quarter of Tremendous Bowl XVII.
The 49ers drafted Moody, 24, within the third spherical of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Michigan. He hit a school-record 59-yard subject aim whereas with the Wolverines.
Moody was beforehand 3-for-5 on subject aim makes an attempt this postseason. He made a 52-yarder in opposition to Inexperienced Bay within the NFC Divisional Spherical, and kicks from 43 and 33 in opposition to the Detroit Lions within the Convention Championship Sport.
In the course of the common season, Moody transformed 21 of 25 of his subject aim makes an attempt. His season-long make was 57 yards.
He missed a doable game-winner Week 6 in opposition to the Cleveland Browns.
Moody gained the Lou Groza Award — given to the highest kicker in faculty soccer — in 2021. The 2-time first-team All-Large Ten choice was additionally the convention’s high kicker, successful the Bakken–Andersen Award twice in back-to-back yards (‘21 and ‘22).
“…[W]hen you have a look at the historical past, nearly all of kickers go within the fourth spherical. We didn’t have a fourth-round choose,” San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan beforehand mentioned. “The man was not going to be there within the fifth spherical.”
Since 2000, solely 49 kickers, together with Moody, have even been drafted. The final kicker taken within the third spherical was Roberto Aguayo, who was a 2016 choice for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Earlier than that, the final kicker taken within the third spherical was Nate Kaeding, who was drafted by the Chargers in 2003. Each Aguayo and Kaeding gained the Lou Groza Award as properly.