The football placekicker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League Justin Tucker has been in the professional game since 2012, after joining the league as an undrafted free agent. But the successes he enjoys at the present was not so from the beginning as no professional team was willing to pick him and unshaken by these circumstances, Tucker remained determined to make it in his professional career. This paid out after all as he was eventually picked by the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
Admitted that the role of quarterback, Running back, tight end and wide receiver are very much important in every American football team and game, but that of a placekicker cannot be overemphasized. In fact, every football team looks up to the placekicker for the highest scoring points but of course with the help of a good offense. Justin Tucker has been good at this since he joined the NFL and that, of course, is the reason why he is one of NFL’s highest-paid kickers of his time. Added to his good scorecard is his record as one of NFL’s best placekicker with a high field goal accuracy. Here are more facts you would love to know about Justin Tucker.
Who is Justin Tucker?
Justin Paul Tucker is an American professional football player from Houston, Texas. He was born on November 21, 1989, and began his football career in Westlake High School which is located in Austin, Texas. Upon graduation from high school, he identified with the Texas Longhorns football team as a collegiate. While studying at the university, Tucker joined in the competition between the Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. At the same time, he was selected to join the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He later graduated from the University with a degree in Recording Technologies.
Justing Tucker began his professional career about four years after his college years. He signed to join the NFL 2012 Draft as a free agent as he was not picked by any of the thirty-two teams in the league. However, on May 29, 2012, after rigorous training, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens. The footballer immediately began working out with the rest of the Ravens team members, including William Ambrose Cundiff, aka Billy Cundiff who at the time was Baltimore Ravens placekicker. On August 26, 2012, Tucker replaced Cundiff as Ravens official placekicker. This was not without his display of impressive and accurate field goals during the team’s preseason games.
Justin debuted as a professional footballer during the Ravens 17th season in the NFL and he did not fail to prove how accurate his kicks are. All through his career in the NFL Tucker continued to make good records and that’s why he was recognized as AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for three times consecutively in 2013. He has even earned more of similar recognition in the course of his career. As at the third week of 2018, he earned himself yet another recognition as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring three more points and two 50+ yard field goals in a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos.
What is His Salary?
After signing a four-year contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens in July 2016, Justin Tucker’s annual earning seems to have added some digits. The renewed contract was worth $16, 800, 000 with a signing bonus of $10, 800, 000 and an average salary of $4, 200, 000. Hence, the Ravens placekicker has a base salary of $2, 950, 000 and his net worth is estimated at $5 million.
Is He The Best Kicker in NFL?
Top kickers are not known by their sizes or physical appearances but by their skills on the field and as it has always been a tradition to release a list of the league’s best players as decided by the fans, questions have been raised as to who has or has not made it to the controversial listings. As for the top best Kickers in the NFL for 2018, Justin Tucker made it yet again as one of the best kickers of his time.
According to some online sources, Tucker made it to the list of top ten best kickers for the year 2018 but he did not make it as the league’s best kicker for the year. Tucker dropped to the second position on the NFL ranking leaving the first position to Stephen Gostkowski of the New England who is one point above him with 11 Bye. Tucker has 10 bye and he is two bye above Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs, the third on the list.
Justin Tucker’s Wife
Tucker is married to Amanda Bass whom he met during his college years. The two actually dated for a couple of years before she finally said yes to his proposal in 2013. They decided to make their relationship official in a March 2015. A year after, the couple welcomed their first child named Easton Hayes. Hayes was born on May 10, 2016. They live happily together with no form of ills trailing their union.