NFL kicker Sebastian Janikowski retires after 19 seasons

After nearly two decades in the league, Sebastian Janikowski is calling it a career.

Janikowski officially retired from the NFL on Sunday after 19 seasons, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“It was a good run,” Janikowski told ESPN. “I still think of the Super Bowl — it still hurts.”

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks misses a field goal in the second quarter of the Wild Card Round against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks grabs his leg after an unsuccessful field goal attempt at the end of the second quarter during the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Byron Jones #31 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after an unsuccessful field goal attempt by Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the second quarter during the Wild Card Round at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 05: Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Seattle Seahawks falls after missing a field goal in the second quarter of the Wild Card Round against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) falls to the ground after suffering an unknown injury to his left leg attempting a long field goal attempt against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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Janikowski was selected with the No. 17 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2000 NFL draft — making him the highest-drafted kicker since 2000. He played for the Raiders for all but one of his seasons in the league, and made more than 80 percent of his field goal attempts and 98.5 percent of his extra point attempts throughout his career. He compiled 1,913 career points.

The 41-year-old was also the longest-tenured Raiders player in team history before he signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2018. Janikowski retired with more than $53 million in career earnings, the most among any kicker in NFL history.

With Janikowski out of the league, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is now the only remaining player left in the NFL from the 2000 draft.

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