The greatest kicker of in franchise history, David Akers will finally get an honor he truly deserves, enshrinement into Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.
Eagles Chairmen/CEO Jeffrey Lurie made announcement on Wednesday at the Eagles “Taking Flight for Autism” fundraising event at Lincoln Financial Field. The enshrinement will take place on Monday October 23, when the Birds play host to NFC East Division rival Washington Redskins under the Monday night lights on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
“David Akers embodies everything we look for in a player both on and off the field,” Lurie said in a statement on the teams’ website. “He was talented, reliable, tough, and of course clutch. He played a major role in the success of this franchise during his time here, but he also loved this city and our fans and he made a tremendous impact in the community. We are proud to enshrine him alongside the greatest figures in Eagles history.”
In Akers’ 12 seasons with the Eagles (1999-2010), he leads the team in both regular-season (188) and postseason games (19) played. He helped the Birds to nine playoff appearances, six division titles and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots. He made the Pro Bowl, a franchise record-breaking, five times. He also made the Pro-Bowl in 2011. Also in 2011 was named to the NFL First team as well as in 2001. He was named to the second team four times (2002, 2004, 2009-2010). He also established team records in regular-season (1,323) and postseason (134) team points as well as field goals made (294-regular season; 31-postseason).
In his first season with the Eagles, he proved to be the biggest surprise in all the NFL. He made 29 out of 33 field goals (87.9%) and had a team-record 121 points. He earned the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November 2000. In 2001, he made a team-record seventeen consecutive field goals, going 26-f0r-31.
During his tenure, Akers was ranked second in the NFL in points behind Green Bay Packers & Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell (1,335) and second in field goals made behind Baltimore Ravens & Indianapolis Colts kicker Matt Stover (297). In the playoffs, Akers was second in the most points produce during that time and field goals made during that time, both behind then New England Patriots and present Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (157, 39).
He holds NFL season records in points scored by a kicker (166) and field goals made (44). He also has the record for points in a single decade (2000-2009) with 1,169; points in Pro Bowl History (57), Most points in a single season, no touchdown (2011, 166), most games with 4+ field goals in a season (2011, 6)m most games 10+ points in a season (2011, 10-tied with four others), Field Goal attempts in an NFL season (52) and Longest Field Goal in Pro Bowl History (53 yards in 2005).
He ended his career 386-for-477 in field goals with a percentage of 80.9. His longest field goal was from 63 yards and he scored 1,721 points. He is also 2-for-2 in passing with 25 yards and one touchdown.
The league recognized Akers as one of the leagues best kickers and it earned him a spot on the All-Decade Team of the 2000’s by the NFL and was named to the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team.
During his time in Philadelphia, Akers was very involved in the community, establishing the David Akers Kicks for Kids Foundation to assist families with unexpected emergency needs such as medical supplies, meals, clothing, utilities, and more.
Akers started his career trying to make both Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers teams as an drafted free agent. In 1998, he was signed by the Redskins playing just one game making two extra points but missing two 48+ field goals. He was waived during the 1999 season.
The Eagles claimed him off waivers and allocated him to NFL Europe where he played with the Berlin Thunder, that helped him earn the starting spot for the Eagles.
After his departure from the Eagles, Akers headed west to San Francisco to play for the 49ers during the 2011 and 2012 season. On January 1, 2012, Akers broke the record for most points by a kicker in a single season while extending his NFL record for most field goals in a single season. On September 9, 2012, Akers tied the longest field goal NFL record by nailing a 63-yard field goal off the crossbar against the Packer at Lambeau. He broke Tom Dempsey’s record and shared it with Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski before Denver Broncos‘ kicker Matt Prater broke the record with a 64-yard field goal in 2013. It’s interesting to note that the kicks by Elam, Janikowski and Prater were all made in Denver where the ball has the ability to travel slightly farther due to the thinner air. The 49ers made the 2013 Super Bowl, Akers second appearance in the big dance. He went 3-for-3 in field goal attempts before his team fell to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31.
Akers finished his career in 2013 with the Detroit Lions, signing three days after the retirement of 21-season kicker Jason Hanson.
Akers was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was a four-year letterman the University of Louisville, where he currently ranked second on the Cardinals’ all time list in scoring with 219 points. He a school-record of 36 field goals with a 51 yard field goal against Texas A&M.