Cory's Corner: Mason Crosby Is On The Doorstep

The Packers kicker is an automatic Packers Hall of Famer. He's close to being an NFL Hall of Famer. 

He’s the guy you never think of, but he’s also the guy you cannot live without. 

Mason Crosby is easily one of the most underrated players in the league, but amazingly, he remains one of the most important. 

A week after nailing a 51-yard walk-off field goal in San Francisco, Mason Crosby broke his own franchise record on Sunday. He has now made a field goal in 24 straight games as the Packers easily disposed of the Steelers 27-17.

Nobody notices the kicker until something drastic happens. Everyone expects the kicks to sail through the uprights, but when the kick is missed, people start to become upset. The only other position like this is offensive line. 

Remember the stretch in 2017 and 2018? Crosby missed a combined 11 field goals in that span. I’ll be honest, I was one of the people that questioned if Crosby still had it back then.

And remember Sam Ficken? He battled Crosby for the Packers kicking job but Crosby persevered. And Crosby still won the job after playing in training camp with a heavy heart because his wife Molly was diagnosed with lung cancer. 

"Talk about a year that we will remember, want to forget at times," said Crosby in 2020. "We’ll always remember 2019 and what that was.”

Last week, Crosby was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for a team record eighth time. Crosby is the Packers leader in points scored, unseating Ryan Longwell. Crosby should be in first place by over 750 points at season’s end. 

Crosby is the personification of leadership. He doesn’t complain. He’s an excellent teammate and most importantly, he doesn’t back down from a challenge. 

Crosby is 37 years old. He has been the Packers kicker since 2007. He is a surefire Packers Hall of Famer. That’s automatic. 

The more Crosby plays, the more of an argument he makes to reserve his bust in Canton. He’s 21st in career field goals made — ahead of George Blanda, who is in the Hall of Fame. And he’s 41st in career field goal percentage with an 82 percent clip. To show how little separation there is, Longwell is 29th, making 83.18 percent. Crosby is tied with Nick Lowry for 17th all-time with 1,711 points scored. He is ahead of Hall of Famers Jan Stenerud and Lou Groza. 

Thanks to WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Crosby is 9-for-14 in his career on game-winning kicks. Remember, what I said earlier, people seem to remember the misses more than the makes. 

Obviously nine game-winning kicks don’t compare to Adam Vinatieri’s 29. But Crosby’s story isn’t complete yet. The last two years have been two of the most productive of his career and he’s proving that he still has the leg by going 6-for-6 on kicks of 50 yards or more in the last two seasons. 

Crosby has proven that he belongs in the same conversation as the guys in Canton, but with a couple more consistent years, he will certainly belong in the same building. 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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NickPerry's picture

October 05, 2021 at 06:46 am

Crosby is right there with Wine and Scotch...He get's BETTER with age.

I can still remember that kick in 2012 against the Colts to win the game. It was from 53 yards out and he hooked it SO BAD, I think it ended up going out of bounds at the goal line. It wasn't just that kick in 2012, it was whole bunch of kicks that weren't even remotely close. Crosby missed 12 FG's that year and was at 63.6% for the year. I was one of the BIGGEST "Fire Crosby" supporters. I thought he was finished.

BUT since Mike McCarthy was the HC and one of MM biggest qualities or flaws, depending which side of the fence you were on, was/is loyalty. Mike McCarthy is extremely loyal, most would say to a fault I think and he stuck with Crosby...Good move Mike.

Crosby is 52 of 54 since week 14 of 2018...He's missed TWO kicks! MLF was smart to keep Crosby when he got here and IMO Crosby should be here until he wants to retire of he can ride out with game winning SB kick and then call it a career. Either way, this ISN'T where Gute cuts costs next year with the cap. As long a s Crosby is kicking 50 yarders OUTDOORS, he should be here as long as he wants.

We've been on the other side where missing a FG losses a game and we've been there with Crosby. But there's not another kicker I'd want kicking a FG in January than Crosby to get to the dance.

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Since'61's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:13 am

Great post Nick and I agree. Just the fact that Crosby has spent his entire career kicking successfully in Green Bay late in the season in the wind and the cold should be enough to get him in the NFL HOF.

MM did the Packers a great service by sticking with Crosby after the 2012 season. Kudos to MM and to Crosby for making the most of his second chance. GPG! Thanks, Since '61

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NickPerry's picture

October 05, 2021 at 07:19 pm

Kudo's should go to McCarthy. I think many of us just remember the end of the MM era but when I think of McCarthy, I think of all the awesome seasons between 2007 and 2016. McCarthy made a lot of really good decisions while he was the HC in Green Bay and Crosby was just one of them.

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Since'61's picture

October 05, 2021 at 10:14 pm

Nick I always felt that MM wasn't the same after the collapse in the 2014 NFCCG combined with the sudden loss of his younger brother about 10 days later. Those are major professional and personal losses to absorb in such a short period of time.

I think he had trouble prioritizing and fully focusing on football after losing his brother. Hopefully he is finally getting past it with the move to Dallas. I wish the best. Thanks, Since '61

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dobber's picture

October 05, 2021 at 07:25 am

It screams volumes of his mental makeup that he's made it this far and only seemed to become more reliable. If there's any position on a roster where the mind games can be a killer, it's K, and Crosby seems to have mastered that. He's become so automatic that I think when he finally misses a kick--and it's inevitable that he will--we'll be shocked.

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Since'61's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:15 am

Dobber, shhhh! No misses. Thanks, Since '61

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Houndog's picture

October 05, 2021 at 07:32 am

There is nobody else!
I remember the Detroit game a few years ago when Crosby missed 5 kicks, and even then I just shrugged it off thinking "Who would you rather have"?
Throughout the years Crosby has been as good a bet as anyone that's played the position, and against the 49er's last week I knew it was over when it came time for the game winner. Kinda' obvious that Rodgers felt the same way with his fist pump.
HOF? Admittedly, I hadn't thought of it, but you're right, he certainly has a chance, and it'd be great to see.

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PhantomII's picture

October 05, 2021 at 10:08 pm

Pretty sure we had new long snapper and holder were the problem for the most part.

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PackfanNY's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:02 am

One of the most underrated kickers in the NFL. When you look up clutch and consistency you get a picture of Mason Crosby. Keep in mind he kicks outdoors for at least half his games in Lambeau Field. Heck, I haven’t worried about having a kicker in years. Sure he had a horrific game in Detroit a few years ago. So what? It happens to the best of them. He will of course miss again in a big spot. Just goes with the territory. I wouldn’t trade him for any other kicker in the NFL. He’s our guy and I hope it stays that way.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:04 am

Crosby has been so good for a long time.

The only concern I have with Crosby is getting one blocked. Which is not his fault. They have to get that leak on the right side of the OL fixed. It nearly cost us the game winning kick against the 49ers. It nearly cost us the kick before half time against the Steelers. If it wasn't for an offsides penalty it would have been a complete game changer.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:30 pm

You get what you empathize in Practice. A few more reps/ day on assignments and adjustments on sp teams will not any of their X box/Nitendo time bullshit. Get it done.

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Since'61's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:08 am

There is no one that I would prefer kicking FGs of any distance at Lambeau in December and January when the ball is a rock from the cold and the winds are swirling about. Many of the other HOF kickers have been indoor kickers or have kicked in friendlier climates than Green Bay.

Crosby will make the Packer HOF but just about anyone who wears a Packers uniform achieves that so Duh. Making the NFL HOF is what matters and Crosby is well on his way IMO. For now I'll be happy for another solid year from him and worry about his HOF chances when he retires, hopefully never. Go Crosby Go!
Thanks, Since '61

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King_James's picture

October 05, 2021 at 09:13 am

I like Crosby as much as anyone else, but I think it's a little ridiculous to say that he's on the door step of being a HOFer. There are only 2 full-time kickers in the HOF right now (George Blanda who the author mentioned also played QB!). One played primarily in the 70s, so isn't a good comparison to Mason, the other is Morten Anderson who has almost 1000 more points over his career then Mason. So unless he plays at a high level for at least another 6-7 seasons, he's not going to come close to those numbers. The 2 kickers still playing who look to be surefire HOFers have other major accomplishments that make them stand out, something Mason doesn't have.

Crosby is a great kicker and is probably the best Packer kicker of all time, but fans always tend to overexaggerate their own players when comparing them to the rest of the league, both currently and historically. Fact is, Crosby still has a long way to go to even be considered as a HOF candidate.

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dobber's picture

October 05, 2021 at 09:31 am

Jan Stenerud?

Adam Vinatieri might be well ahead of Crosby, yet, on the K list. If he doesn't get in at some point, it doesn't bode well for other active kickers.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

October 05, 2021 at 09:44 am

Vinatieri is the litmus test. If he gets in, there's maybe a shot, but there's still a big statistical gap between the two, especially in walk off/game winning kicks.

Mason is a GB treasure and Packers HOFer, but I don't see him in Canton.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 05, 2021 at 08:34 pm

SB winning kicks in Vinateri's resume'

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canadapacker's picture

October 05, 2021 at 10:16 am

I too was doubting him a few years back. But I will say this - right now he is MONEY. But I wonder might the team want to just try to save his leg a little because when the weather cools down do we need him on the field during kickoffs. Might Cory be able to kick off? Dont know - but given our kick return special teams - I dont want to see him making tackles and I really would rather have for sure touch backs. Some teams including the Raiders really have great kickoff returners.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

October 05, 2021 at 10:23 am

I love Mason but to say that he is a HOF is crazy... He has been good but not nearly good enough to make it to the HOF... Not crazy accurate, never kicked a 60yd FG, not enough game winners. Great kicker, he kicks for as long as he wants to and is successful but unless he is 50 kicking FG I don't see it happening...

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HarryHodag's picture

October 05, 2021 at 11:03 am

Start to compare his numbers to those kickers in the HOF. He isn't far from qualifying.

I saw a HOF kicker when he played for Green Bay, Jan (Janski from Visconski) Stenerud. He was deadly accurate and the weather didn't faze him. Same for Mason.

To get into the Hall of Fame as a kicker you have to be consistently good for a long time. Mason has done that and a couple more years should ice it, no pun intended.

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mbpacker's picture

October 05, 2021 at 11:47 am

There is no need to fear, Mason Crosby is here! Mason has come up with some big kicks and big TD saving tackles in his Packer career. He is easily one of my favorite and respected Packer player, GMG!

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splitpea1's picture

October 05, 2021 at 02:10 pm

There are only four kickers in the Pro HOF, and all of them have been selected All-Pro or to the Pro Bowl multiple times. Crosby hasn't been selected for any of these honors, unfortunately, or maybe unfairly. Right now Tucker is dominant kicker of the recent past, having been selected to the HOF team of the last decade. Voters like those kind of things.

If it were up to me, Crosby would be a shoo in for his reliability, longevity, and ability to make clutch kicks. But the bar has been set very high for kickers and punters. For what it's worth, I've always felt that all of the the pro sports HOFs should be more inclusive than they currently are.

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Bure9620's picture

October 05, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Yeah that is true...Tucker may be the best kicker ever....Dude just kicked the longest kick ever too........

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BuckyBadger's picture

October 06, 2021 at 12:21 am

Kickers are specialist. You don't put them in at the same rate as players who block and tackle.

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EnemyTerritory's picture

October 05, 2021 at 04:32 pm

Too bad that he like Many others on the current mix are likely cap casualties in 22/23.

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BuckyBadger's picture

October 06, 2021 at 12:19 am

To be a HOF kicker you have to be the best of your era and set a standard. Sorry but Crosby hasn't done that. Tucker is the HOF kicker of this era. Look at his 4th quarter and game winning stats for kicks. Look at his 66 yarder. They aren't putting in multiple kickers and does Crosby even have a post season moment? You usually need multiple of them to make it.

Can we come up with better stories than just cheerleading?

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Philarod's picture

October 06, 2021 at 09:26 am

I didn't want to be the bad guy (others beat me to it - thanks), and I don't want to take anything away from Crosby. Terrific kicker, classy guy.

Of the HOF placekickers, as pointed out, Blanda was also a QB, and had freakish longevity. Other HOF kickers are Jan Stenerud and Morten Andersen. There was also Lou Groza, but he was also a lineman. Again, Crosby is quite good, but it's not a well-represented position in Canton, and he would be behind several kickers, such as Vinattieri and Tucker, for starters.

All in all, I'm very happy that Mason is the Pack's kicker, but HOF is an extreme longshot.

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