Back in 2012, it did not seem like Justin Tucker was going to make anything of himself in the NFL. This assumption was driven home by the fact that he was passed on by every NFL franchise that was involved in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, he was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens after the exercise as an undrafted agent and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tucker is a placekicker for the Ravens and since joining the team, he has kicked his way into the limelight. In 2016, the Ravens signed him to an improved contract that saw him become the second-highest-paid placekicker in the league. And why wouldn’t they? As of 2017, Justin holds the highest ever field goal accuracy of any placekicker throughout the history of the NFL.
Justin Tucker’s Biography
Born to Paul and Michelle Tucker in Houston, Texas on November 21, 1989, Justin Paul Tucker’s football journey starts in high school. While at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, he played for the school’s football team and had teammates such as the now popular Nick Foles, who is a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Justin moved on to the University of Texas, where he played a big part in the long-standing football rivalry between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. He was also one of the players selected for the 2008 edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His time at the University saw him major in music, graduating with a degree in Recording Technologies.
Justin Tucker submitted his participation for the 2012 NFL Draft held from April 26 – 28, however, all the 32 teams in the NFL overlooked the young prospect’s talents. A month later, on May 29, 2012, the Baltimore Ravens decided to bring the Texan onto their roster. The initial plan for Justin’s signing was for him to play second fiddle to veteran placekicker Billy Cundiff, but Justin had different plans. After consistent and impressive turnouts in the team’s training camp and preseason games, he usurped Billy as the team’s starter in his position. This was solidified when Cundiff’s contract with the Ravens was terminated just three months after Justin joined the team.
Justin Tucker’s Career Stats
Tucker’s rookie season was better than he could ever hope for. He proved to be a very efficient kicker, recording a 91.43 percent success rate on his field-goal attempts and sinking all 42 of his PAT attempts. He also pushed his name further into the fans’ hearts with a last-gasp field goal in the dying seconds of the game to give the franchise their first regular-season win ever against the New England Patriots. Tucker’s relentless success and that of his teammates saw the placekicker win his first Super Bowl ring in his rookie season.
Justin Tucker’s placekicking excellence continued into the 2013 season. The placekicker proved that he knows how to step up for his team when the chips are down. He kicked five field goals, leading the Raves to a 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving day. He then bettered this with a franchise-best six field goals in a game against the Detroit Lions on December 16, 2016. These included a 61-yard field goal screamer to wrap up the game and the victory. His field goals were the only points for the Ravens in the 18-16 victory. He was voted a 1st team All-Pro and named to his first Pro Bowl at the end of the 2013 campaign.
By 2016, Justin was an indispensable part of the team. This led to the team placing a franchise tag on the placekicker to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. This put an extra $4.5 million is Justin’s coffers and on July 15, 2016, the team officially signed him to an improved $16.8 million four-year contract. In the same season, he achieved the NFL’s single-season record of 10 50-yard or more field goals in a single campaign. He earned his second Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro honors at the end of the campaign.
Justi Tucker’s records and career stats are very impressive and enviable. He holds the record for the longest field goal in the Ravens’ history and is also the record holder for most field goals in a season (38), and in a single game (6) for the franchise.
His efforts have seen him become the most accurate placekicker throughout the history of the NFL. He is also the first kicker in the league to score a field goal at the 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60-yard lines, all in a single game.
Who is His Wife?
Justin met his wife, Amanda Bass when they were both still in college. They dated for a few years before the Ravens player proposed to her in 2013. It was an elaborate affair at a plush Four Seasons hotel located in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. Two years later, in March 2015, Tucker and his fiancee made it official. They welcomed their first child, a boy named Easton Hayes on May 10, 2016.
Justin Tucker’s salary, and other facts
Justin Tucker is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighs 180 lbs (82 kg).
According to Fox Sports, Justin’s 2016 contract renewal sees him collect a basic salary of $2.95 million.
Tucker always makes the sign of the cross before he attempts any kick on the field. This practice stems from his deeply Catholic background.
He is an excellently trained classical singer. He was once approached by the New York Opera and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for performances.
Tucker has performed for charity, singing Ave Maria with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. The proceeds went to a Catholic charity. The placekicker’s singing talent also saw him win an NFL player’s talent show, where he was rewarded with a ring and $50,000 for the charity of his choice.