Packers kicker Mason Crosby is no stranger to dramatic situations.
He will look to keep the playoff magic going against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game January 22.
Here’s what you need to know about the Packers kicker:
1. Crosby is Married & Has 2 Children
Crosby married Molly Ackerman in 2008. The couple have two kids together, a 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.
In January 15’s win against the Cowboys, Crosby wore a blue wristband on his right wrist which said, “We stand together.” The phrase is meant to honor Mason’s sister-in-law, Brittany, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Packers.com writer Wes Hodkiewicz reported.
Brittany, the wife of Mason’s younger brother Rees, was beginning chemotherapy throughout the week, and Mason’s brother, who lives in Texas, wasn’t able to make the trip to AT&T Stadium to see the game-winning kick. But he was cheered on by his parents, sister, two nephews and niece, Hodkiewicz wrote.
2. Crosby is the Packers’ All-Time Leading Scorer
In 2015, Crosby broke Ryan Longwell’s scoring record of 1,054 points. The record-breaking kick was his fourth of the game against the Seattle Seahawks and made him the Packers’ all-time leading scorer.
3. The Packers Lost Faith in Crosby During the 2012-13 Season
Despite the success of Crosby throughout the years, he had his worst statistical season ever during the 2012-2013 season.
In the season, Crosby went thgouth a stretch where he missed a field goal in eight straight games. His 63.6 field-goal percentage ranked dead last in the league for the season. He missed a career-high 12 field goals during the season.
Crosby had his woes in the preseason, with Mike McCarthy saying about Crosby following a scrimmage, “He’s definitely got to do better than that, because that’s not going to cut it.”
Crosby did do better and McCarthy kept faith in him, sticking with him as the starter.
4. Crosby Signed a New 4-Year Deal in 2016
Crosby signed a four-year extension in March 2016 which made him one of the league’s highest-paid kickers.
The new deal included a $5 million signing bonus and is making $6.15 million this season. The contract also included a roster bonus which would be paid out on a game-to-game basis. Crosby has played in all games since the Packers drafted him.
When he was going through his struggles in 2012-2013, he agreed to take a pay cut and restructure his deal.
5. Went to Colorodo
Crosby was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was taken by the Packers with the No. 193 overall selection. He attended the University of Colorado from 2003-2006 where he made a school record 60-yard field goal in 2004.
At Colorado, Crosby holds 31 school records while converting on 68 of his 88 field goal tries. He was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and was a first-team All-American in 2005. Crosby is also Colorado’s all-time leading scorer with 308 points.