Green Bay Packers’ place kicker Mason Crosby had a rough time with his accuracy last season, converting 21 of 33 percent of his field goal attempts.
However, McCoy Elementary School, his alma mater elementary school, was right on in its tribute to their NFL alumnus. The school recently outfitted its lunch area to honor Crosby and he was so proud of the school’s efforts that he tweeted a picture of the room.
Crosby, who converted four straight field goal attempts at the end of the 2012 season, seemed to have regained his mojo after a season when his accuracy and abilities were severely questioned by all who follow the team.
Though his overall percentage suffered, in his defense it was the nine attempts from 50-plus yards of just 2-of-9 was the reason why. That’s a lot of attempts from that distance. He was 5-of-5 from 20-29 yards; 5-of-7 from 30-39 yards; and 9-of-12 from 40-49 yards. Those are certainly respectable numbers.
Head coach Mike McCarthy never lost confidence (at least publicly) in Crosby, but there were several instances during the season when the coach decided to leave the offense on the field for fourth down tries instead of attempting long-distance field goals.
But whenever he was asked about Crosby, McCarthy was adamant in his support of his kicker. He also never brought in any kickers for tryouts or to provide mid-season competition.
Whether the Packers go out and sign a kicker or two during the offseason remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t expect that to occur.
In the meantime, there are many who also have confidence and appreciate Crosby’s skills and efforts – including his elementary school alma mater.