|No. 4, 10, 6|
|Born:||November 24, 1970|
Bloomfield, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school:|| De La Salle |
|NFL Draft:||1994 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Douglas Robert Zachariah Brien (born November 24, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He played twelve seasons for seven teams in the National Football League: San Francisco, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, New York Jets, and Chicago. Brien was picked in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft (85th overall) by San Francisco out of the University of California, Berkeley.
Brien attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California, where he was a placekicker for the Spartans' football team his senior year. He is a member of the De La Salle Hall of Fame both as an individual and a member of the 1989 Varsity Soccer Team.
At California, he left leading the school in all-time points with 288 points, and in field goal accuracy, hitting 56 out of 80 attempts, hitting 70% of his field goals for his career. Brien is still the all-time leading scorer for the historic football program. Cal was ranked in the AP top 25 in each of Brien's seasons with the program, winning the Citrus Bowl in 1991 and the Alamo Bowl in 1993. Off the field, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies (PEIS) in 1994.
Brien was drafted in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 1994 NFL draft. He was the only kicker to be taken during the draft and moved across the bay to join the San Francisco 49ers. Brien struggled during his rookie year, converting 15 of 20 field goals (20th of 28 qualified kickers) and 60 of 62 PATs (19th of 24 qualified kickers) for the 49ers.The 49ers, led by Steve Young, went on to win Super Bowl XXIX over the San Diego Chargers by a score of 49–26, a game in which Brien missed his only field goal attempt, a 47-yard try before halftime. Brien nonetheless set the record for most PATs during a single postseason with 17 (on 18 attempts) en route to earning a Super Bowl ring that season. Brien also had a fumble recovery during the NFC Championship game.
The following year, Brien made only 58% of his field goals for San Francisco, and was cut after missing a potential game-winning field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. [ citation needed ] One huge exception to this was during the 2004 Divisional Playoff game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Brien missed two 4th-quarter field goals from 47 and 43 yards which would have won the game for the New York Jets. At the time of his retirement, he was one of the 10 most accurate field goal kickers of all time,[ citation needed ] and currently ranks 54th. During his career, Brien converted 80.2% of field goals and 98% of PATs. Brien accounted for 915 points over his 12-year career and has a career long make from 56 yards.He signed a few weeks later with the New Orleans Saints. Brien went on to play a total of 12 seasons in the NFL for 7 different organizations including 6 seasons with the Saints. He was elected a team captain as well as the NFLPA player rep for the Saints. Over the course of his career, Brien was regarded as one of the most reliable kickers in the league.
After the conclusion of his NFL career, Brien co-founded a real estate investment firm, Waypoint Real Estate Group.
Adam Matthew Vinatieri is an American football placekicker who is a free agent. He has played in the National Football League (NFL) for 24 seasons with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Considered one of the greatest kickers in league history, he is the NFL's all-time leading scorer at 2,673 points. He also holds the NFL records for most field goals made (599), most postseason points (238), and most overtime field goals made (12).
David Roy Akers is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League for 16 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles. He began his career in 1998 with the Washington Redskins after not making the main roster of the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. The following year, he signed with the Eagles, where he spent 12 seasons. Akers was also a member of the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions before retiring in 2013.
Gary Allan Anderson is a South African former football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 23 seasons. The first South African to appear in an NFL regular season game, he spent the majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is also known for his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings. Anderson earned four Pro Bowl and two first-team All-Pro honors after joining the league in 1982 and was named to the NFL's second All-Decade teams of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the Steelers All-Time Team.
John Matthew Stover is a former American football placekicker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 20 seasons, primarily with the Baltimore Ravens. After five seasons for the Cleveland Browns, he was among the Browns players transferred to the newly-created Ravens franchise in 1996, with whom he played 13 seasons. Additionally, Stover was a member of the New York Giants during his first season and Indianapolis Colts during his last. His most successful season was in 2000 when he earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors en route to the Ravens winning their first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXV. He was also part of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV. For his accomplishments with the Ravens, Stover was named to the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor in 2011.
Robert Paul Gould III is an American football placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played with the Chicago Bears from 2005 to 2015, during which he became the franchise's all-time leading scorer. Gould was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Penn State.
Hubert Delanie Walker is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Central Missouri.
Shane Andrus is a former American football placekicker. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Murray State.
The 1990 San Francisco 49ers season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League and their 45th overall. the team entered the 1990 season heavily favoured to win their third consecutive Super Bowl. The season was highlighted by their defeat of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 13. Throughout the season, the 49ers and the Giants were the two best teams in the NFL. The two teams would meet again in the NFC Championship Game.
The 1983 Detroit Lions season was the 54th season in franchise history. Despite a 1–4 start, the Lions rallied to finish with a 9–7 record. They were able to rise to the top of a weak NFC Central, to claim their first division championship since 1957 and the first time the team had made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since playing for the NFL championship in 1952, '53 and '54. The Lions would not return to the postseason for another eight years.
Dustin Hopkins is an American football placekicker for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Matthew Bosher is an American football punter who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Gregory Zuerlein is an American football placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, he played college football at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Missouri Western. He previously played for the Los Angeles Rams.
Justin Paul Tucker is an American football placekicker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas and was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He is the most accurate placekicker in NFL history.
Jeffrey Ryan Locke is a former American football punter. He played college football at UCLA, and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jason Myers is an American football placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Marist.
Compared to other major professional sports leagues in the United States, the National Football League (NFL) has the lowest percentage of foreign-born players. In 2017, roughly 1 out of 33 active players (3.03%) were born outside the US. In recent NFL Drafts, teams have made efforts to search internationally for prospects. A record 12 international players were drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. As of the beginning of the 2020 NFL season, Canada is the most represented foreign country in the NFL, with 12 players, followed by Nigeria with 8 players and Australia with 6.
Giorgio Tavecchio is a placekicker, nicknamed "Italian Ice", placekicker who is a free agent. He was born in Milan, Italy and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. He played his collegiate career at the University of California-Berkeley.
Aldrick Rosas is an American football placekicker and punter for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 2018 NFL season as a member of the New York Giants.
Matt Gay is an American football placekicker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Utah.
| Chicago Bears Kickers|