Chris Jacke wasn’t the most revered Green Bay Packer from the Super Bowl XXXI team, but he was an essential part of the Packers. Today, Jacke will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame for helping kick the franchise back to glory.
Drafted by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1989 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas El-Paso (UTEP), Jacke was the Packers kicker from 1989-1996. The Packers, who hadn’t put together a winning season in the previous ten seasons, won ten games with Jacke as their rookie kicker.
In 1993, Jacke enjoyed his best individual season, knocking in 31 of 37 field goal attempts, and making six of seven 50-plus yard field goal attempts, en route to 1st team Associated Press All-Pro Honors. In 1996, Jacke helped assist the Packers to a 13-3 record, an NFC Championship, and the team’s first Super Bowl win in 29 years. In the 35-21 Super Bowl XXXI victory over the New England Patriots, Jacke made five extra points.
After the 1996 season, Jacke signed a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jacke, who was injured in Steelers’ training camp, was cut by Pittsburgh and played in one game with the Washington Redskins. Jacke didn’t attempt a field goal with the Redskins, the team quickly let him go, and he played two more NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals from 1998-1999. After the 1999 season, Jacke retired from the NFL.
In his eight-year Packers’ career, Jacke made 173 out of 224 field goal attempts (77%), 301 out of 306 extra point attempts (98%), and 17 out of 26 field goals from 50-plus yards out (65%). Jacke previously held the team record for longest field goal to end overtime (53 yards), and he sits third in total points scored in Packers’ franchise history behind former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell and late Packers wide receiver Don Hutson.
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