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Behind the Numbers: Jason Elam Continues to Extend FFL Scoring Record

By  Last updated: 27th April 2011

By signing with Chicago, veteran kicker Jason Elam has returned to the FFL city that his Hall of Fame career will perhaps most be identified with when he finally hangs his cleats up.  From 1994 to 2001, Elam was the FFL’s most elite kicker for the Black Sox, a player so valued that he was retained as a keeper four times.  That’s an unprecedented number of retentions for a kicker, and a record unlikely to ever be equaled by any field goal specialist in the league.  He may in fact be — with the possible exceptions of LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Bledsoe, Barry Sanders, or Randy Moss — the most popular player in franchise history.

His career scoring total stands at 1421 points, a sum that perhaps only Z-Force quarterback Peyton Manning (with 1222 points so far) has a chance of exceeding by the end of his FFL career.  That, or Brett Favre (1296 points), if he decides to keep not-retiring. Among kickers, however, Elam reigns supreme.  He has kicked for nearly twice as many points as most of his rivals.

Career FFL Kicking Points

Jason Elam, 1421
Adam Vinatieri, 804
Jeff Wilkins, 772
Jason Hanson, 687
John Kasay, 679
Ryan Longwell, 645
Olindo Mare, 642
Morten Andersen, 629
Mike Vanderagt, 602
Matt Stover, 600

Elam will get the starting nod for the Black Sox, a return to a role he last left eight seasons ago.  Starting for Chicago, Elam will become the first FFL kicker with 300 field goals, and will have a chance at being the first FFL player to reach 1500 career points.

Jason Elam Career Statistics

Year Team Acquired G FG XP Bonus Total PPG
1993 BOS Drafted 2 2 3 0 9 4.50
1994 CHI Drafted 14 26 26 3 107 7.64
1995 CHI Drafted 13 25 32 12 119 9.15
1996 CHI Keeper 13 17 41 0 92 7.08
1997 CHI Drafted 13 24 35 9 116 8.92
1998 CHI Keeper 13 18 52 6 112 8.62
1999 CHI Keeper 13 23 24 12 105 8.08
2000 CHI Drafted 11 16 39 3 90 8.18
2001 CHI Keeper 14 27 27 6 114 8.14
2002 CHA Drafted 13 21 33 9 105 8.08
2003 NY Drafted 13 22 33 3 102 7.85
2004 NY Drafted 13 21 33 9 105 8.08
2005 NY Drafted 13 21 35 3 101 7.77
2006 CHA Drafted 13 20 25 3 88 6.77
2007 NY Drafted 4 9 4 0 31 7.75
2008 CHA Drafted 3 7 4 0 25 8.33
Career 4 Teams 178 299 446 78 1421 7.98

Elam also returns to Chicago a conquering hero.  He now has five titles over his career.  He picked up his first Fantasy Bowl ring as a backup kicker for the Boston Thunder in 1993, and he played a key role in the 1996 Black Sox’ FFL championship.  However, since his release in 2002 he has added three more titles —as the kicker for the back-to-back 2004-5 Z-Force teams, and as the Challengers kicker last year.  Elam came on strong late in the year, and coach Chris Bransfield installed the veteran for the team’s last month of the regular season as well as the playoffs.

Chicago owner Hendrik deBoer has signed Elam to the most lucrative placekicker contract in the league, but he knows what he is getting.

“I know what I am getting,” said deBoer.  “Jason Elam is an institution in this city.  He knows how to win, he knows how to kick in inclement weather, and he is a veteran leader for the team.”

The Welburn Stadium crowd will no doubt go wild for Elam’s return in Week 1 when the Black Sox open at home against the Boston Thunder.



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