He’s the Green Bay Packers all-time leading scorer with 1,054 points and Ryan Longwell played nine years in Titletown before leaving to finish the final six years of his career in Minnesota for those dreaded Purple People Eaters.
But tomorrow he’s coming home.
He will meet with reporters Tuesday to announce that he will be officially retiring – as a Green Bay Packer.
Ranked as the thirteenth all-time leading scorer in NFL history, Longwell finished with 1,687 points. While in Green Bay, he made 226 field goals in 277 attempts, an 81.6 percent conversion rate – and he did it in Lambeau Field – one of the most challenging venues in all the league.
His percentage increased to 86 percent when he went to Minnesota because he kicked at least 50 percent of the times indoors.
But it was while in Green Bay that he established himself as one of the league’s best kickers. During that time, 1997 through 2004, he scored more points than any other kicker in the entire league – 964.
While in Green Bay, he also converted 98.9 percent of extra points, miss just four of the 380 attempts.
No one is sure if Longwell will have any interaction with either Mason Crosby or Georgio Tavecchio when he comes to Green Bay to make his announcement tomorrow, but one might hope he would have some words with the two kickers who are locked in a battle for the team’s place kicker.
Either way, most Packers fans, myself included, will be pleased to have him back in the Packers family.
Here are Longwell’s career statistics