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Encyclopedia > Sebastian Janikowski
Sebastian Janikowski
Date of birth March 3, 1978 (age 28)
Place of birth Wałbrzych, Poland
Position(s) Placekicker
College Florida State
NFL Draft 2000 / Round 1/ Pick 17
Awards 1999 Lou Groza Award
1998 Lou Groza Award
Statistics
  • CBS.com
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
2000-present Oakland Raiders

Sebastian Janikowski (born March 3, 1978 in Wałbrzych, Poland) is a placekicker who currently plays for the NFL's Oakland Raiders. His nicknames are the "Polish Powderkeg", the "Polish Cannon", "Sea Bass" and "Lightning Feet". He currently lives in Castro Valley, California March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland_(bordered). ... WaÅ‚brzych (pronounce: [vawbÊ’ix], German Waldenburg) is a town in south-western Poland with 139,600 inhabitants (1995). ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... 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). ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2000 NFL Draft // The 2000 Draft started off with Penn State teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington being selected consecutively, they are the only Penn State players to go number one and two. ... The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the nations top college football placekicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission. ... The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the nations top college football placekicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... WaÅ‚brzych (pronounce: [vawbÊ’ix], German Waldenburg) is a town in south-western Poland with 139,600 inhabitants (1995). ... 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. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... Castro Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County, California, United States. ...

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Early years

Sebastian Janikowski was born to Henryk Janikowski and Halina Janikowska in Walbrzych, located in Lower Silesia in southwest Poland. Henryk was a professional soccer player, and moved to the United States in the early 1980s in the hopes of reviving his career. Years after emigrating, Henryk divorced Halina and married an American. Left at home with just his mother, Sebastian began to excel at soccer himself. In 1993, 15-year-old Sebastian earned a spot on the Polish under-17 team. Wałbrzych (pronounce: [vawbʒix], German Waldenburg) is a town in south-western Poland with 139,600 inhabitants (1995). ... Lower Silesia (German: ; Polish: ; Latin: Silesia Inferior) is the northwestern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...


Henryk's marriage to an American meant that Sebastian could legally emigrate to America. He did so at the urging of his mother, even though the two were very close and it was emotionally painful for Sebastian. The teenager spoke very little English, but learned quickly by taking a three-week night class and by watching television.


Now living in Orlando, Florida with his father and stepmother, Janikowski joined the Orlando Lions, an under-19 soccer club coached by Angelo Rossi. Rossi was also the soccer coach at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, and he convinced Henryk that his son would be better off there. Henryk agreed but was unwilling to move, so Sebastian moved in with Rossi's family. Nickname: The City Beautiful, O-Town, 407 Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... The Orlando Lions are a defunct USL A team that played during the 1990 season along with 9 other teams. ... Daytona Beach is a city located in Volusia County, Florida. ...


During his senior year at Seabreeze, Janikowski switched from soccer to football after being recruited by the school's football coach. As the team's placekicker, he quickly earned a reputation by kicking four field goals of 50+ yards. One of them was for 60 yards, third-best in Florida prep school history. USA Today named Janikowski to its 1996 All-American team. USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ...


After being heavily recruited by some of the top collegiate football programs, Janikowski decided on Florida State University. The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ...


Florida State and legal troubles

Janikowski played three seasons for the Seminoles, where he amassed a career scoring total of 324 points (3rd all-time for the school). In 1999 he became the first kicker to twice win the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate kicker. While he excelled on the field, it was at Florida State that Janikowski's lifestyle started causing problems. The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the nations top college football placekicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission. ...


In August 1998, he got into a fight outside of a Tallahassee bar. Janikowski was charged with failure to leave the premises and pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor offense. Despite the incident, he was not punished by head coach Bobby Bowden. Janikowski had a breakout season in 1998, and the Seminoles were in contention for a national championship. The night after a season-ending win over rival Florida, Janikowski got into another fight at a local bar. This time he was charged with battery. Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, a state of the United States of America. ... In criminal trials in some common law jurisdictions, a plea of nolo contendere means that the defendant neither admits nor disputes the charge, and is an alternative to pleading guilty or not guilty. ... Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama), better known as Bobby Bowden, is the winningest coach in in NCAA Division I-A football history with 366 career wins. ... The University of Florida (Florida or UF) is a public land-grant research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... In many common law jurisdictions, the crime of battery involves an injury or other contact upon the person of another in a manner likely to cause bodily harm. ...


Janikowski stayed out of trouble for most of the 1999 season, which again found FSU in contention for a national title. Prior to the team's appearance in the national championship game (the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana), Janikowski declared his intentions to declare himself eligible for the 2000 NFL draft. On New Year's Eve he was caught breaking the team's curfew, but again was not disciplined by head coach Bowden. This article is about the American football game. ... Nickname: The Crescent City, The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot, NOLA (acronym for New Orleans, LA) Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area    - City 907 km²  (350. ... The quality of this article or section may be compromised by peacock terms. You can help Wikipedia by removing peacock terms. ...


Although Janikowski's skill as a kicker was unquestioned by NFL scouts, his off-the-field behavior was a great cause of concern. In January 2000, Janikowski was partying with a group of friends when his roommate was arrested at a nightclub. Janikowski approached the arresting officer and asked how much it would take to let his friend go. He was arrested for attempting to bribe an officer, a charge that carried a $5,000 fine, up to five years in prison, and possible deportation. Janikowski claimed that he thought he could pay a fine to have his friend released, the officer interpreted the action as an attempted bribe.[1].


Oakland Raiders and more legal troubles

Despite the threat of criminal charges and deportation, Janikowski was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft - only the fifth time a kicker had been taken in the first round in NFL history. The 2000 NFL Draft // The 2000 Draft started off with Penn State teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington being selected consecutively, they are the only Penn State players to go number one and two. ...


Janikowski was acquitted of his bribery charge in June 2000. He had testified on his own behalf, stating that he was simply trying to pay his friend's fine and not bribe the arresting officer. Just eight days after his acquittal, Janikowski and two friends were arrested in Tallahassee on suspicion of felony possession of the designer drug GHB, also known as the date rape drug. Once again, he faced prison time or deportation if convicted. He was acquitted of all charges in April 2001[2]. Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (4-hydroxybutanoic acid, C4H8O3) is both a drug and a naturally occurring compound found in the mammalian brain, where it might function as a neurotransmitter. ... The title Date Rape is a very general term which has come to represent some very different situations. ...


Janikowski, who earned a reputation for partying at Florida State, was charged with DUI on October 2, 2002 and given three years' probation after pleading no contest. Less than a year later, he was arrested after a fight at a Walnut Creek, California restaurant. The case was later dropped due to insufficient evidence. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Walnut Creek is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland located in Contra Costa County, California, USA, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Despite his troubles since entering the NFL, Janikowski has annually performed at a high level. After the 2004 season he was given a five-year contract extension reportedly with $10.5 million, making him, at the time, the highest paid kicker in NFL history [3] [4].


Awards

The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to the nations top college football placekicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ...

Records

  • Oakland Raiders franchise record for highest field goal completion percentage (79% entering 2006)

Trivia

James Chadwick Chad Pennington (born June 26, 1976 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American football quarterback for the NFLs New York Jets. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Shaun Alexander (born August 30, 1977 in Florence, Kentucky) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Keith Bullock is an American Football player who currently plays linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. Categories: Sports stubs | National Football League players ... Laveranues Coles (born December 29, 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a receiver who was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. ... Darrell Jackson may also refer to the former Major League Baseball player. ... Jeff Ulbrich (born on February 17, 1977 in San Jose, California) is a player in the NFL. He plays the linebacker position. ... Shane Lechler (born August 7, 1976 in East Bernard, Texas) is an American football punter who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders. ... Muhammed-Kabeer Olarewaju Gbaja-Biamila (born September 24, 1977 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Football defensive end who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Gbaja-Biamila was chosen by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft with the 149th overall... Damieon Dante Hall (born September 20, 1978 in Lufkin, Texas) is an NFL kick/punt returner, and wide receiver. ... Marc Robert Bulger (born April 5, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football player and the St. ... Neil W. Rackers (born August 16, 1976 in Florissant, Missouri) is a placekicker for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Paul Edinger (born January 17, 1978 in Frankfort, Michigan; raised in Lakeland, Florida) is a free agent National Football League kicker. ... Michael Moschello Anderson (born September 21, 1973 in Winnsboro, South Carolina) is an American Football running back who currently plays for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. In 2000 Anderson was chosen as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ...

External links

  • Career statistics at pro-football reference.com.
  • Sebastian Janikowski biography.
  • Legal history.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Sebastian Janikowski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (893 words)
Sebastian Janikowski was born to Henryk Janikowski and Halina Janikowska in Walbrzych, located in Lower Silesia in southwest Poland.
Janikowski had a breakout season in 1998, and the Seminoles were in contention for a national championship.
Janikowski, who earned a reputation for partying at Florida State, was charged with DUI on October 2, 2002 and given three years' probation after pleading no contest.
court-janikowski (2006 words)
Janikowski, 25, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor vandalism and public drunkenness, Walnut Creek police Lt. Loren Cattolico told The Associated Press.
Janikowski, 22, was released from Leon County Jail later in the morning after he pleaded not guilty in court and posted $2,500 in bond.
Janikowski was chosen by Oakland with the 17th overall choice in the 2000 NFL draft.
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