November 10, 2016

Highlighted Year: Norm Johnson, 1984

Placekicker, Seattle Seahawks

Age:  24
3rd season in pro football & with Seahawks
College: UCLA
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 193

Undrafted coming out of college, Johnson signed with the Seahawks and made the club, hitting on 10 of 14 field goal attempts during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He followed up with another solid year in ’83, kicking 18 field goals out of 25 attempts and 49 of his 50 extra point tries for a total of 103 points.

1984 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Field goals – 20 [14, tied with five others]
Most field goals, game – 4 vs. Cleveland 9/3
Field goal attempts – 24
Most field goal attempts, game – 4 vs. Cleveland 9/3
Field goal percentage – 83.3 [3]
PATs – 50 [3]
PAT attempts – 51 [3, tied with Mark Moseley & Neil O’Donoghue]
Longest field goal – 50 yards vs. Cleveland 9/3

Field Goals – 20
PATs – 50
Points – 110 [7]

Postseason: 2 G
Field goals – 3
Most field goals, game – 2 vs. LA Raiders, AFC Wild Card playoff
Field goal attempts – 4
Most field goal attempts, game – 2 vs. LA Raiders, AFC Wild Card playoff; at Miami, AFC Divisional playoff
PATs – 2
Most PATs, game – 1 vs. LA Raiders, AFC Wild Card playoff; at Miami, AFC Divisional playoff
PAT attempts – 2
Longest field goal – 44 yards vs. LA Raiders, AFC Wild Card playoff

Awards & Honors:
1st team All-NFL: AP, PFWA, Pro Football Weekly, Sporting News
2nd team All-NFL: NEA
1st team All-AFC: UPI, Pro Football Weekly
Pro Bowl

Seahawks went 12-4 to finish second in the AFC West and qualified for the postseason as a Wild Card. Won AFC Wild Card playoff over Los Angeles Raiders (13-7). Lost AFC Divisional playoff to Miami Dolphins (31-10).   

Outstanding at kicking off as well as consistent on field goals, Johnson went on to spend nine seasons with the Seahawks, through 1990. He left as the franchise leader in field goals (159) and scoring (810 points). Johnson went on to spend four years with Atlanta, gaining Pro Bowl recognition in 1993 when he was successful on 26 of 27 field goal attempts for a league-leading percentage of 96.3. Joining Pittsburgh in 1995 he led the NFL with a career-high 34 field goals and the AFC by scoring 141 points. He spent four years with the Steelers and finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 at the age of 39. Over the course of 18 seasons, Johnson kicked 366 field goals in 477 attempts (76.7 %) and 638 PATs for a total of 1736 points, which ranked fourth in NFL history at the time. He added another 20 field goals in 26 postseason attempts, including four in Pittsburgh’s AFC Divisional playoff win over Buffalo following the 1995 season. Johnson received consensus first-team All-NFL honors after one season, some first- and second-team recognition after one other year, and was twice selected to the Pro Bowl.


Highlighted Years features players who were consensus first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970