Ravens hit the jackpot with Justin Tucker
Last Sunday, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds against the Cleveland Browns, giving his team the win, 23-21.
It was the third field goal he made that game, the eighth he has made this year, and the 76th he’s made since he started kicking in the NFL, all for the Ravens.
They depend on Tucker.
The Ravens must have known something when they signed him in 2012, after no teams took him during the NFL draft. The Ravens’ decision very quickly paid off, as Tucker kicked 42 extra points in the same number of attempts, and hit 32 out of 35 field goal attempts that same season.
2013 was a year of records for Tucker. According to baltimoreravens.com, he achieved the fourth-longest streak in NFL history when he made 33 field goals in a row. On Dec. 16, he kicked a 61-yard field goal—the Ravens record—against the Detroit Lions. In that same game, Tucker achieved another record by making six field goals, another Ravens record, according to baltimoreravens.com. His 140 total points that year was also a record for the Ravens.
Like many of his teammates, Tucker gets involved in non-football activities in his city. Last week, he was present for the ribbon cutting of a new turf field (purple, of course), and running track at City Springs Elementary and Middle School on S. Caroline St. After the ceremony, he stuck around and ran some drills with the young members of the City Springs football team.
Tucker gets involved with business too. Earlier this year, he was involved in a promotion with parking app Haystack.
The 24-year-old Tucker—6 feet and 189 pounds, according to baltmoreravens.com—is a graduate of University of Texas and is known to flash “hook ’em horns.”
A practicing Catholic, Tucker has also been known to make the sign of the cross before field goal attempts. In a 2013 interview in the National Catholic Register, Tucker said that he particularly admires Matt Stover, a celebrated Ravens kicker from the past, for his incorporation of faith into football.