Iconic NFL Players Who Weren’t Born In The U.S.

Dedicated Kicker

Dedicated Kicker

Jan Stenerud was born in Norway and came to the U.S. on a ski jumping scholarship for Montana State University. After someone witnessed him kicking a football for fun, he was recruited by the school’s football coach, who taught him the game. He was initially drafted by the AFL, and then the NFL Kansas City Chiefs in 1970. Stenerud was the first Norwegian to play in the NFL and one of the first players to be used as a dedicated kicker. He won Super Bowl IV, achieving the longest field goal record. When he retired in 1985 the Chiefs retired his jersey. Stenerud was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.