PRO: A six-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL’s most established kickers, Akers joins the Lions after spending the previous two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Akers was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000s) after leading the NFL in that time span (2000-09) with 1,169 points.
- Tied the NFL record for longest field goal in League history, connecting on a 63-yard kick at GB (9/9) on the final play of the first half.
- Became the 17th player in NFL history to surpass 1,500 points with 12 points (3 FG, 3 XPs) at GB (9/9).
- Set the NFL single-season records for most FGs made (44), most FGs attempted (52) and most points with no TDs (166) in 2011.
- Has recorded 360 field goals and 1,593 points since 2000, marking the most among NFL kickers in that span.
- His 39 field goals in the postseason rank 2nd in NFL history, behind only K Adam Vinatieri (48).
- Has scored at least one point in all 24 career postseason games, trailing only K Adam Vinatieri (25) for the longest streak in NFL postseason history.
- Ranks second in NFL history with 175 postseason points behind K Adam Vinatieri’s 196.
- Stands as the Philadelphia Eagles’ all-time leader in regular season (188) and postseason games played (19), points (1,323), field goals (294), 50+-yard field goals (15) and PATs (441).
- Posted 12, 100-point seasons in 13 years (2000-04, 2006-12). He became the first 49ers player since K Mike Cofer (1992-93) to tally consecutive 100-point seasons for San Francisco.
- Holds Philadelphia’s franchise records for single-season points (144) and field goals (33), both set in 2008.
- Has notched three-or-more 40+-yd. field goals in the same game six times in his career.
- Holds the Eagles record for consecutive PATs made with 173 (2004-2009), surpassing his old record of 153 (set from 2001-04).
- Kicked four of the seven longest FGs in Eagles history: 57 yards vs. NE (9/14/03), 53 yards (twice, 9/30/07 at NYG & 10/24/99 at Mia.), & 52 yards (twice, 11/8/09 vs. Dal. & 10/5/03 vs. Was.). The 57 yarder is the longest FG ever in Philadelphia.
- Has made 9 game-winning FGs with under 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter or OT.
- Booted the top four longest FGs in Eagles postseason history: 51 yards at Min. (1/4/09, NFC-WC), 48 yards vs. NYG (1/7/07, NFC-WC), 46 yards at StL (1/27/02, NFC-C), & 46 yards at Chi. (1/19/02, NFC-D).
- Ranks first in points. (134), PATs (41) and FGs (31) in Phi. playoff history.
- Led Philadelphia in scoring in 11 seasons, which is the most by any player in team history.
- Hit nine, 50+-yard field goals as a member of the 49ers, the 2nd most in team history (K Joe Nedney - 10).
2012: Connected on 29-of-42 field goals (69.0 pct) and was perfect on extra points (44-for-44) despite battling injuries.
- Connected on 63-yard field goal on the final play of the 1st half at GB (9/9), tying the NFL record for longest field goal in League history.
- Became the 17th player in NFL history to surpass 1,500 points after tallying 12 points (3 FG, 3 XPs) at GB (9/9).
- Against NYG (10/14), set the 49ers record by making a FG in 22 consecutive games, breaking the mark of 21 by Bruce Gossett (11/19/70-10/1/72).
- Extended the current SF streak to 32 consecutive games with a FG.
- With nine points. (2 FGs, 3 PATs) vs. Mia. (12/9), Akers reached 104 pts. on the season, marking his 12th career 100-pt. season, including topping the century mark in each of the past 7 seasons.
2011: In his first year as a 49er, earned his sixth Pro Bowl nomination after setting the NFL single-season record for FGs made (44), FGs attempted (52) and points with no TDs (166).
- His 166 points ranked first in the NFL and ranked first in franchise history in total points in a single season.
- Recorded an ‘opening day’ career-high 15 pts., connecting on 4 of 4 FG atts. (27, 24, 31, 18) and all three PATs in his 49ers debut vs. Sea. (9/11). Akers’ 15 points were the 2nd most in the NFL in Week 1 (SD RB Mike Tolbert – 18 pts.).
- Connected on a 55-yd. FG vs. Dal. (9/18), marking the longest FG in Candlestick Park history (Bruce Gossett, 54 yds. vs. NO - 10/21/73) and the third longest FG in franchise history (Joe Nedney, 56 yds. At StL - 12/24/05 and Mike Cofer, 56 yds. at Atl. - 10/14/90).
- Notched a go-ahead 55-yd. FG before the half at Det. (10/16), which tied for the 3rd longest FG in franchise history (Joe Nedney, 56 yds. at StL - 12/24/05, Mike Cofer, 56 yds. at Atl. - 10/14/90, David Akers, 55 yds. vs. Dal. - 9/18/11). The 55-yarder was his second 55-yd. FG of the season, and tied for the 2nd longest of his career (57 yds. vs. NE – 9/14/03 and 55 yds. vs. Dal. – 9/18/11).
- Connected on a 52-yd. FG in the 2nd qtr. at Was. (11/6), his 4th 50+ yd. FG of the season in as many attempts. Akers became the first 49ers kicker in franchise history to make four 50+ yd. FGs in a season.
- Tied the franchise record for most FGAs in a game with 6 vs. Arz. (11/20).
- Connected on a 52-yd. FG in the 3rd qtr. at Bal. (11/24), marking his sixth 50+ yd. FG of the season. Akers became the only kicker through Week 12 in the NFL to be perfect from 50+ yds. (min. 4 atts.).
- Connected on 4-of-4 FGs vs. StL (12/4), giving him 32 made FGs on the season. He became the all-time leader for the most FGs in a single season in franchise history, passing K Jeff Wilkins (30 FGs in 1996).
- Akers became the 49ers all-time leader in FG attempts (42) in a single-season at Arz. (12/11), passing K Mike Cofer (38 FGAs in 1988). He also set single-season career-highs in FGs made (36) and FGs attempted (42).
- Tied his second most points in a single season with 143 vs. Pit. (12/19) after connecting on 2-of-2 FGs and 2 PATs. His 143 total points set a new single-season franchise record. WR Jerry Rice previously held the record with 138 points in 1987.
- Connected on 4 FGs on the day at Sea. (12/24), giving him 42 made FGs, a new NFL record (Arz. K Neil Rackers hit 40 FGs in 2005).
- Made a pair of FGs and all 4 PATs, giving him 166 points on the season at Stl (1/1/12). His 166 pts. scored set the NFL record for most points scored in a single season with no TDs. On a FG attempt, he took the direct snap and connected with WR Michael Crabtree for a 14-yd. TD. This marked Akers’ first career TD pass.
- Connected on 3 for 3 FGs and all 3 PATs vs. NO (1/14).
2010: Earned his fifth Pro Bowl nomination after leading all NFL kickers in points (143), while ranking 3rd in FGs (32) and tying for 3rd in touchbacks (23). Also earned All-Pro honors from The Sporting News and second-team All-Pro accolades from the Associated Press.
- His 143 points and 32 FGs both ranked as the second-best single-season outputs in Philadelphia’s history. Akers previously set the franchise records in points (144) and field goals (33) in 2008. Surpassed 100 points for the 10th time in his career and the fifth year in a row.
- Went 4 of 4 on FGs in back-to-back games (11/7 vs. Ind. and 10/24 at Ten.), marking the second time in his career he has accomplished that feat. Also tallied a career-high five touchbacks at Ten. (10/24).
- Tied a career high with 8 PATs at Was. (11/15).
- Connected on 4 FGs in back-to-back games (4/4 - 11/28 at Chi. And 4/5 - 11/21 NYG), marking the 17th and 18th time he has done so in his career and the third and fourth time in 2010.
- Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in November after leading all kickers in FGs (13-14), while connecting on all 13 PAT attempts. It was the fourth such honor of his career, tying RandallCunningham (1985-95) and Donovan McNabb (1999-09) for most in team history.
- Played in his 184th game as an Eagle vs. Hou. (12/2), surpassing S Brian Dawkins for the franchise record for most games played.
- His streak of seven consecutive games (10/24 - 12/12) with at least 10-or-more points marked the longest of his career.
- Had a perfect 3 for 3 game at Dal. (12/12), while nailing a season-best 50-yd. FG.
- Executed a critical onside kick midway through the 4th qtr. at NYG (12/19), which was recovered by WR Riley Cooper and was part of an epic comeback victory.
2009: Earned his fourth Pro Bowl nomination after finishing the season t-1st in the NFL in total FGs (32), 2nd in points (139) and 3rd in 40+ yd. FGs (12).
- His 139 points and 32 FGs were the second-highest single-season outputs in Eagles history (he had 144 points and 33 FGs in 2008).
- Made 17 consecutive FGs, tying the longest streak in his career (a team record 17 in 2001).
- With kicks of 45, 48 and 52 yards vs. Dal (11/8), notched his secondgame of the season with three 40+ FGs.
- Went 4 of 4 on FGs vs. Was. (11/29), including a game-winning 32 yarder with 1:48 remaining in the 4th qtr.
- Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in November after connecting on all 13 FGAs, including four from 40+ yds., and 11 of 12 extra point attempts.
- Connected on all 3 FGs vs. Den. (12/27), including his second game-winning FG of the season, a 28 yarder with 0:04 remaining in the 4th qtr.
2008: Led the NFC with 144 total points and set franchise records with 33 FGs and 144 points.
- Nailed 15 consecutive FGs from 10/12-12/7, tying the second-longest streak in Eagles history with his own streak set in 2004 and behind his franchise-record 17 (2001).
- Set an NFL record by connecting on 19 consecutive postseason FGs before ending his streak in the NFC Championship game at Arz. (1/18). He had last missed on 1/11/04 vs. GB.
- Tied a team record by connecting on all 4 of his FGAs (43, 51, 31, 45) in a playoff win (NFC-WC) at Min. (1/4). His 51-yarder was the longest in Eagles postseason history.
- Went 3 of 3 on FGs and tied a then career-high with 3 touchbacks on kickoffs in a win vs. Cle. (12/15).
- Played in his 150th-career game vs. NYG (11/9), becoming the longest tenured kicker in franchise history.
- Had a perfect 3 for 3 game at Dal. (9/15) while booting the 200th FG of his career, a 44-yarder in the 1st qtr.
2007: Was a perfect 22/22 on FG attempts inside 40 yds.
- Set a career high in PATs attempts and made, going 8 for 8 vs. Det. (9/23).
- Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors for October after leading the NFC in points (31).
- Passed WR Bobby Walston (881 pts.) to become the Eagles all-time leading scorer after nailing a 21-yd. FG at Dal. (12/16).
2006: His 48 PATs tied for the second-best total in Eagles history behind K Cliff Patton’s 50 in 1948. Scored the 20,000th point in Eagles history on a PAT following a WR Hank Baskett TD catch vs. Dal. (10/8).
- Nailed the go-ahead, 25-yd. FG with 3:13 left to play in the 4th qtr. vs. Car. (12/4).
- Nailed a game-winning 38-yd. FG as time expired in the NFC Wild Card playoff game vs. NYG (1/7). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the third 4th qtr. walk-off FG in NFL postseason history.
- In his 100th NFL game vs. Oak. (9/25), suffered a slight tear of his hamstring on the opening kickoff. Returned to the game in 2nd half, played through extreme pain, kicked 2 PATs and delivered a game-winning 23-yd. FG with 0:09 left to play.
- Was 4 for 4 on FGAs with a long of 44 and totaled a season-high 13 points vs. GB (11/27).
- Kicked a season-long, game-tying 50-yd. FG with 1:52 left to play in regulation to send the game into OT vs. NYG (12/11).
2004: Selected to his third Pro Bowl in 2004, as he led the NFC in scoring (122 points) and FGs (27). Also led the Eagles in special teams production points (188) and connected on 15 consecutive FGs.
- Named Eagles co-special teams MVP (Ike Reese), AP Second-Team All-Pro and Pro Football Weekly All-NFC.
- With 17 FGs of 40+ yds. in 2004, set a then-NFL record previously held by K Ryan Longwell (2000) and K Cary Blanchard (1996). His total was surpassed by the Cardinals K Neil Rackers (19 in 2005). His total broke the former Eagles record set by K Paul McFadden (13) in 1984.
- With wind gusts of up to 25 mph, connected on 4 of 6 FGAs. (51, 42, 42, 40) at Chi. (10/3) and became the first player in team history to connect on 4 FGs of at least 40 yds. in a game and the first NFL kicker to accomplish that feat since K Morten Andersen (9/3/00).
- Connected on 3 FGs and added 12 pts. vs. Car. (10/17). Also converted a surprise onside kick to start the 2nd half, which was recovered by LB Jeremiah Trotter.
- Nailed a game-winning 50-yd. FG in OT at Cle. (10/24). The kick was the longest overtime FG in team history.
- Posted 44 points in four games in October (8 PATs and 12 of 14 on FGs). Single-handedly outscored the Bears, 13-9, and Panthers, 12-8, in consecutive weeks. Nailed 3 FGs and knocked 4 of 5 KOs into the end zone (3 touchbacks) vs. Bal.
- Was 4-for-4 on FG attempts in consecutive games vs. NO (11/23) & at Car. (11/30). It also marked the first back-to-back 4-FG games of his career.
- Connected on a game-winning FG in OT during NFC Divisional playoff game vs. GB (1/11). Also nailed a 37-yd. FG with 0:05 remaining to send the game into OT.
2002: Earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection as he ranked 2nd in the NFC in scoring among kickers (3rd overall) with a career-high and team record 133 points. His 30 FGs tied a career high and tied K Paul McFadden’s team record.
- Earned All-NFL honors from the AP, The Sporting News, College Football Weekly and Pro Football Weekly, and Football Digest. Also was an All-NFC selection by Pro Football Weekly.
- Converted his fourth successful onside kick and the third 1st qtr. onside kick of his career at Ten. (9/8).
- Went 3 for 3 on FG attempts vs. Dal. (9/22), 5 for 5 on PATs and took a pitch from QB Koy Detmer on a fake FG and raced 10 yds. for a first down.
2001: Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection following the 2001 season in which he tied for fifth in the NFL in scoring with 115 points. Also earned AP First-Team All-Pro, First-Team All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News.
- In the NFC Divisional playoff at Chi. (1/19), totaled 15 points (4 FGs, 3 PATs), then the second highest total in NFL playoff history. Hit club record 46 yarders at Chi. and at StL (1/27) in the NFC Championship.
- Nailed game-winning, 35-yd. FG with 0:07 remaining in Week 16 of 2001 vs. NYG (12/30) as the Eagles claimed their first NFC East Division title since 1988.
2000: In his first full year as a NFL kicker, made his first 12 FGs of the season to set an Eagles team record. He also ranked fifth in the NFL in points (121) to break the team record at the time of 116 set by K Paul McFadden in 1984.
- Selected as the Eagles special teams MVP and as the first alternate to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2000 (behind TB K Martin Gramatica).
- In 2000 opener at Dal. (9/3) executed an onside kick, which set up the Eagles first score. Opened the 11/29 game at KC with another onside kick.
- Nailed 3 game-winning FGs in November to earn NFC Special Teams POM honors.
1999: Earned a spot on the Eagles’ 53-man roster and served as the club’s kickoff and long FG specialist as 18-year vet K Norm Johnson handled the regular kicking duties. He replaced an injured Johnson (back) as the primary kicker vs. Ind. (11/21).
- Played for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. He contracted salmonella poisoning late in the season and lost 30 pounds prior to his first training camp with the Eagles.
1998: Played in his first NFL game as a Redskin vs. Sea. (9/20) after K Scott Blanton was waived.
COLLEGE: Finished his four-year career at Louisville ranked second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 219 points, including a school record 36 field goals.
- As a junior, kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal vs. Texas A&M.
PERSONAL: Attended Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Ky. where he was twice named first-team all-state as a kicker and once as a punter with a 40.7-yard average.
- A regular visitor to the pits and garages at NASCAR races, Akers aspires one day to own and/or drive in a lower level NASCAR circuit.
- Caddied at Valhalla Golf Club, the home of the 2008 Ryder Cup, in Louisville, Ky., for four years in college. Frequently caddied for Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino.
- Was an avid trumpet player during his youth.
- He and his wife, Erika, have two sons, Luke and Sawyer, and a daughter, Halley.
- Full name: David Roy Akers.