Mason Crosby kicked the Green Bay Packers into Victory Lane and himself into the record book.
The fourth of his field goals on Sunday night pushed him past Ryan Longwell for the top spot on the franchise’s career scoring list. His 13 points in Green Bay’s 27-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks pushed his career total to 1,057 points Crosby, in his ninth season with the team, has played 130 games. Longwell had 1,054 points in 144 games over nine seasons in Green Bay.
“It’s just so special,” Crosby said. “Being part of this organization for nine years, the history, the guys that came before me, to be able to hold a record like that is awesome. It’s awesome to say I’ve played with this team and these guys and a group of these guys the whole time. It’s a bunch of great guys. The next couple of days I’ll reflect on that and then I’ll say, ‘OK, we still have a whole season.’ But it’s definitely a surreal moment. It’s really special.”
Crosby spearheaded a big day by the Packers’ special teams. Of his seven kickoffs, three were for touchbacks and all but a squib kick at the end of the first half went into the end zone. Impressive rookie Tyler Lockett averaged 19.8 yards on four returns and Seattle’s average starting point following a kickoff was just the 17-yard line.
“I was happy with the special teams, and what can I say about Mason Crosby?” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.
Crosby knew he needed 11 points to break the record. In anticipation of the moment, his wife, children and parents were in attendance.
Setting the scoring record is quite the feat for Crosby in light of his 2012 season, when he made just 21-of-33 field-goal attempts to finish No. 31 in the NFL in accuracy. Over the past two-plus seasons, Crosby is 65-of-75. His 5-for-5 start to this season includes a 54-yarder on Sunday night that Crosby began to celebrate shortly after the ball left his foot.
“It was looking a little dire in the middle of that one,” Crosby said. “But I’ve come out of that and feel like my best years obviously have been these last few and I feel like my best years are ahead of me. I’m really happy with that and how I handled my business and my approach. Just every day to come in and be here with my teammates and lay it out every day for them.”
“That one (2012) was just one that was a little blip in the radar,” Crosby added later. “But I learned so much that year and now looking back I’m thankful for. At the time, it’s hard to see any good in that. But I’m thankful for that every day because I think it gave me some perspective in moving on, good or bad, and to keep working on the details and all the things I can control.”