Jason Elam Signs Off

The Broncos had the Michael Jordan of the NFL on their team at one time. A guy that you wanted to have the ball in his hands (or off his foot) when the game was tied with the clock ticking down. 

Jason Elam retired yesterday after signing a one day contract with the Broncos. Elam finished his 17 year career with an astonishing field goal percentage (80.7%) and extra point success rate (99.4%). During his 15 seasons in Denver, he saved the Broncos in the fourth quarter or in overtime 24 times. That’s a season and a half worth of games!

You can watch Elam’s retirement press conference here. It’s not a Brett Favre tear fest, but Elam does get somewhat emotional behind the podium. You can tell that Jason Elam loved the game of football when he talks about how he had to adjust his kicking style and preparation as he aged just to keep on playing in the league. He says,

“I started to feel it when I was about 35. I wasn’t as strong, but I felt like I was more accurate. I was able to pull back a little bit, and I was much more of an accurate kicker. I started warming up at 11:30 for a 1:30 practice. I was constantly stretching and trying to keep my body right…”

During Elam’s press conference, the list of “thank you’s” was longer than his NFL record setting 63 yard field goal. He acknowledges that his success wasn’t just about him. It was the coaches, holders, and family that made him a prolific kicker. What a humble guy. 

I’ll close this post with a video of one of Elam’s game winning kicks.

Jason Elam will be missed in this league and we were lucky to have #1 on our sidelines for 15 seasons.

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  • http://alliancetickets.com/ AllianceTickets

    Elam was an amazing player. It would be awesome if he stuck around and became a kicking coach for the Broncos. He truly was one of the best kickers in the NFL.

  • http://ebonybird.com Joe (EbonyBird.com)

    Elam was the best. I never thought he got enough credit for how good he was, hopefully people realize how great he was. I love the fact that he signed a one-day contract. Really classy to retire with the Broncs.

    • holly

      The story I had heard about Jason signing. Bowlen was checking into a Hawaiian hotel when the bellman told him about a great field goal kicker. He told him at ‘mile high’ it would be great. The rest is history. says a lot about our owner-good one.

  • Mr.GGinCentralCali

    He was a kicker, for crying out loud. What’s he doing in front of a mike?

    And I would have loved to see him kick his home games at sea level instead of that moon-like atmosphere in Denver. I’m guessing his 80% rate would drop to the normal 70′s range.

    The NFL, the media, and everyone else acknowledges kickers aren’t “real” football players, or Ray Guy would be in the Hall right now.

    Go Raiders.

    • Broncofan

      His longevity in the league warrants the microphone.
      I believe half the season is on the road so what’s your problem? If home field was at sea level his numbers would be lower? Why don’t you look at the statistics? Lentgh means nothing without accuracy and it’s not like he booted 60 yarders all the time.
      Elam was an excellent kicker and I’m glad he could retire as a Bronco.
      To say a moon-like atmosphere in Denver is a bit exaggerated don’t ya think?
      But then you are a raider fan.

  • Zach

    Let’s be accurate for posterity’s sake here, Jason DID NOT kick the “record setting” 63 yard field goal as was stated above.
    On November 8th 1970 New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey kicked the “record setting” 63 yard field goal against the Detroit Lions.
    I really am not splitting hairs here, because what Jason did was kick a “record tying” field goal, and that is important, why? Because in the world of RECORD keeping “first’s” always receive slightly more deference.. Example., Sir Edmond Hillary was the first to scale Mount Everest, we remember him because he was first, but the second guy who achieved the same feat none of us recall.
    Jason Elam was a fine kicker regardless of this fact.

  • Zach

    by the way why hasn’t anyone mentioned the fact that the Broncos SUCK!! That “genius” Pat Bolen hired a real dandy Head Coach who has ALREADY overstayed his welcome.. Time to GO!!