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Former Packer Longwell Back In NFL


SEATTLE, WASH (WSAU) The Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading scorer is back in the N-F-L. Ryan Longwell beat out three other kickers to finish the playoffs with the Seattle Seahawks. He’ll replace Steven Hauschka, who strained a calf in last Sunday’s Wild Card victory at Washington.

Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll said he needed a kicker because Hauschka did not have the ability to make kickoffs. Longwell will handle all phases of Seattle’s kicking game on Sunday, when the Seahawks play at Atlanta in an N-F-C divisional playoff contest. He’s a native of the Seattle region, and he says he’s excited to play for his hometown Seahawks.

The 38-year-old Longwell played nine seasons in Green Bay and then six in Minnesota before the Vikings cut him almost a year ago. He has not stepped on a football field since. He scored one-thousand-54 points during his tenure with the Packers, with a team-record 226 field goals. Longwell is also the N-F-L’s 13th all-time leading scorer with 16-hundred-87 points.

And he’s the fifth most accurate kicker in league history, making just over 82-percent of his field goal attempts. If Seattle can win at Atlanta on Sunday – and if the Packers win at San Francisco on Saturday night – Longwell would make a return to Lambeau Field for the N-F-C title game on January 20th.