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Encyclopedia > Mike Vanderjagt
Mike Vanderjagt
Date of birth March 24, 1970 (1970-03-24) (age 37)
Place of birth Flag of Canada Oakville, Ontario
Position(s) Kicker
College West Virginia
Pro Bowls 2004
Statistics
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Teams
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1996
1996-1997
1998-2005
2006
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Minnesota Fighting Pike
Toronto Argonauts
Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Cowboys

Michael "Mike" Vanderjagt (born March 24, 1970 in Oakville, Ontario), is a Canadian professional gridiron football placekicker who has played in both the Canadian Football League and National Football League. Currently a free agent, he most recently played with the Dallas Cowboys. He was once the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history (229 of 265, 86.4% as of November 20, 2006). is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Oakville (2006 population 165,613[1]) is a town on Lake Ontario in southern Ontario, Canada, midway between Toronto (about 31 km or 19 mi away) on its eastern border and Hamilton (about 20 km or 12 mi away) from its western border. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the Universitys... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2004 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was played in front of 50,127 on February 8, 2004 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. ... The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a Canadian Football League team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, founded in 1910. ... Year founded 1996 Year folded 1996 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none History Minnesota Fighting Pike was an Arena Football League team that played one season 1996 in that league. ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oakville (2006 population 165,613[1]) is a town on Lake Ontario in southern Ontario, Canada, midway between Toronto (about 31 km or 19 mi away) on its eastern border and Hamilton (about 20 km or 12 mi away) from its western border. ... Gridiron football or gridiron is a term used outside the United States and Canada that refers to both American football and Canadian football. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... “CFL” redirects here. ... NFL redirects here. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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High School

Vanderjagt played four different after-school sports for Oakville's White Oaks High School: football, basketball, soccer, and track. White Oaks Secondary School is a Secondary School located in the Toronto suburb of Oakville, Ontario. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ... This article is about the sport. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... A womens 400m hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ...


College

Vanderjagt began his college career at Michigan State University, where he was a quarterback in 1988. However, he left Michigan State for Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, California where he took over placekicking duties from exiting freshman Jack Garvin (who left for the University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA] Division I). Vanderjagt punted and played quarterback for AHCC until returning to Division I football, as solely a punter and placekicker, at West Virginia University for the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Allan Hancock College logo Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. ... Santa Maria is the largest city in Santa Barbara County, California. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the Universitys... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


CFL

After graduating from WVU in 1993, he returned to Canada and started a career in the CFL, where his career got off to a bumpy start. Between 1993 and 1996 he was cut by four different CFL teams[1], getting some brief playing time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1993. Not playing in the league in 1994 or 1995 Vanderjagt played for the Minnesota Fighting Pike of the Arena Football League before returning to the Toronto Argonauts (who had previously cut him twice) for the 1996 season. He became a vital part of Argos for the next two seasons serving as their regular placekicker and punter. He helped the Argos win the Grey Cup in both 1996 and 1997; in those two games he was a perfect 9 of 9. For his 1996 Grey Cup efforts he was named the game's outstanding Canadian. He also led the CFL in yardage per punt in 1997. Following the 1997 season, Vanderjagt left the Argos to become a free agent. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... “CFL” redirects here. ... The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a Canadian Football League team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, founded in 1910. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year founded 1996 Year folded 1996 Prior names none ArenaBowl championships none History Minnesota Fighting Pike was an Arena Football League team that played one season 1996 in that league. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... The Dick Suderman Trophy for the Grey Cups Most Valuable Canadian is awarded annually to the Canadian-born player deemed to have the best performance in the Grey Cup game, the championship of the Canadian Football League. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Movie History

Vanderjagt appeared in a Walt Disney Film called The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon, where he was a stunt double for Tony Danza as a place kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (also known as The Philadelphia Phenomenon) is a 1998 television movie starring Tony Danza from Walt Disney Pictures. ... Tony Danza. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


NFL Career

Indianapolis Colts

In 1998, Vanderjagt crossed the border again but this time he joined the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, and was a fixture as the club's placekicker until the end of the 2005 season. He led the NFL in scoring in 1999. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ...


After the 2002 season, Vanderjagt put himself in the center of a media firestorm in an interview for the Canadian television network The Score, on their "Score Tonight" primetime show. After a 41-0 playoff loss to the New York Jets, he criticized Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for not showing more emotion, and implied that head coach Tony Dungy was too placid and not enough of a motivator. He apologized several days later for his remarks, but Manning later fired back in a sideline interview at the Pro Bowl, referring to him as "our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off."[2] The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The Score is a Canadian cable television sports news specialty channel launched in 1997. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana)[1] is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise. ... Anthony Kevin Tony Dungy (born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Idiot is a word derived from the Greek , idiōtēs (person lacking professional skill, a private citizen, individual), from , idios (private, ones own).[1] In Latin the word idiota (ordinary person, layman) preceded the Late Latin meaning uneducated or ignorant person. ...


Vanderjagt had a spectacular 2003 season, becoming the first kicker in the league's history to go an entire season, including the playoffs, without missing a field goal or point-after attempt. (In 1998, Gary Anderson was perfect in the regular season, but missed a field goal attempt in the playoffs, that would have put away the game.) In the process, he made his first Pro Bowl. He finished the regular season 37 for 37 in field goals and 46 for 46 in PATs. He was also perfect on three field-goal attempts and 12 PATs in the postseason. He did however miss a potential game tying 51 yard field goal in that season's Pro Bowl with three seconds left in a 55-52 loss to the NFC. Vanderjagt's streak of 42 consecutive successful field goal attempts, the longest in NFL history (the league does not include postseason or Pro Bowl games when compiling streaks), ended on September 9, 2004 when he missed a 48-yard attempt against the New England Patriots. The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1998 NFL season was the 79th regular season of the National Football League. ... Gary Anderson (born July 16, 1959 in Parys, Free State, South Africa) is currently the NFLs career points scoring leader. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...


In 2004, he kicked 20 field goals, the lowest number of his career. However, he also had considerably fewer field goal chances that season (25), as the Colts offense scored 61 touchdowns (nearly four per game), with Manning throwing an NFL-record 49 TD passes. The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League. ...


After the Colts routed the Denver Broncos in the wild-card round of the 2004 playoffs, he told reporters that the Colts' opponents in the next round of the playoffs, the New England Patriots, were "ripe for the picking," and also said "I think they're not as good as the beginning of the year and not as good as last year" (when they won the Super Bowl). Patriots safety Rodney Harrison fired back at him in an interview, calling him "Vanderjerk". Harrison's teammate, linebacker Willie McGinest, was more temperate in his response, but noted that "there's going to be a whole bunch of plays when he's not going to be out there [on the field]. The rest of his guys will be out there dealing with it." The Patriots eventually defeated the Colts 20-3 and went on to win the Super Bowl. City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1972 in Markham, Illinois) is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S...


Vanderjagt indicated in a radio interview during the season that he might not return to the Colts for 2005, as his cap number is $2.8 million and the Colts may not be willing to pick up his salary for that season. He noted that he may return to the CFL, where his professional career began. However, he eventually signed a reworked deal and returned to the Colts. The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the 2005 NFL Playoffs, in a tightly contested game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vanderjagt kicked a 46-yard field goal attempt wide right with 18 seconds remaining, when the Colts were behind 21-18, costing the Colts a chance at overtime and ending the team's season. Walking off the field after the kick, he took off his helmet and threw it to the ground in anger (which cost his team a meaningless 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty). The National Football League playoffs following the 2005 regular season led up to Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, February 5, 2006. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... Unsportsmanlike conduct is a term used in most professional sports to refer to a particular player or team who have acted inappropriately and/or unprofessionally in the context of the game. ...


Shortly thereafter, on January 19, 2006, Vanderjagt appeared on a lighthearted segment of the Late Show with David Letterman, during which he successfully kicked a 46-yard field goal, outside Letterman's Manhattan studio. The famed host served as his holder. This appearance surprised some, as Letterman, a Colts fan, had spent considerable air time on his show blasting Vanderjagt for his miss. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ŝ “Late Show” redirects here. ... David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) is an award-winning American comedian, late night talk show host, television producer, philanthropist, and IRL IndyCar Series car owner. ...


Discussing his catastrophic miss with Letterman, Vanderjagt joked that, "All the Steeler fans on the left side of the stadium, they all blew at the same time," and defended quarterback Manning against criticism, calling him the "Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of football." Personal Information Birth December 30, 1975 ) Cypress, California Height 6 ft 1 in (1. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


Dallas Cowboys

In the 2006 offseason, Vanderjagt became a free agent, and the Colts elected not to re-sign him. Instead, they signed free agent Adam Vinatieri, the kicker who had played an important part in the Patriots' recent successes. On March 23, he signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Vanderjagt had a dismal preseason. He suffered a groin injury that kept him out of action for two weeks. He returned in the final preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. In that game, he missed two field goals in overtime of 32 and 33 yards (both misses were wide right), forcing the game to end in a tie. Rumors quickly spread that Vanderjagt would be released by the Cowboys before the regular season began. However, he remained with the team. He was replaced by back-up kicker Shaun Suisham in the first game of the season against Jacksonville, but appeared in each of the Cowboys' subsequent games through Week 12. In Week 9, his potential game-winning field goal was blocked by the Washington Redskins as time expired (the "Hand of God" game). In Week 11 against his former team, the Colts, he missed his only two field goal attempts, (both of these misses were also wide right) making it the first time since 2001 since he had done so. The fans were so upset, they booed a commercial he appeared in on stadium monitors. On November 27, 2006, Vanderjagt was released by the Cowboys and replaced by Martín Gramática. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... Shaun Suisham (December 29, 1981 in Wallaceburg, Ontario) is a placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. PRO: With an inconsistent kicking game over the first seven games of the season, the Dallas Cowboys signed Shaun Suisham on Oct. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... As with all sports leagues, there are a number of significant rivalries in the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Martín Gramática (born November 27, 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an American football placekicker, who plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ...


Notes and references

External links

  • Official website
  • Mike Vanderjagt at ESPN.com
  • Mike Vanderjagt at ArenaFan Online
  • Current Stats
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Dallas Cowboys Mike Vanderjagt Indianapolis Colts - Realfootball365.com (886 words)
So once Vanderjagt wore out his welcome with the Indianapolis Colts due to a couple of missed kicks in the playoffs and an ill-advised appearance on The David Letterman Show, Parcells and Jones pounced.
In 2003, Vanderjagt made all of his 37 field goal attempts and last year he was 23 for 25.
Mike Vanderjagt has to be the best regular season kicker of all time.
Mike Vanderjagt at AllExperts (921 words)
Vanderjagt returned to the league in 1996 with the Toronto Argonauts, serving as the regular placekicker and punter.
Vanderjagt had a spectacular 2003 season, becoming the first kicker in the league's history to go an entire season, including the playoffs, without missing a field goal or point-after attempt.
Vanderjagt indicated in a radio interview during the season that he may not return to the Colts for 2005, as his cap number is $2.8 million and the Colts may not be willing to pick up his salary for that season.
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