Trimmed-down Janikowski feeling fresh for his 17th season

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski trimmed down for his 17th NFL season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski trimmed down for his 17th NFL season. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

NAPA — Sebastian Janikowski is entering his 17th season, but the Raiders’ kicker and former first-round pick doesn’t feel like he’s slowing down or ready to hang it up.

Janikowski, 38, shed some weight in the offseason to get down to 256 pounds and feels fresh as ever.

“I worked my butt off in the offseason and I tried to get in better shape,” Janikowski said. “Hopefully it’s going to pay off.”

The Raiders have Giorgio Tavecchio in camp for the second straight year and special teams coach Brad Seely is high on the former Cal and Campolindo High kicker.

“He’s an NFL kicker,” Seely said of Tavecchio, who is experiencing his fifth NFL training camp with four different teams and is still waiting to crack an active roster.

“Will he kick for us?,” Seely said. “Well, that remains to be seen. But it’s a competition and we’re seeing who’s the best. Obviously, Sebastian has done this for a long time and has been really good. Obviously, he’s the front runner.”

Janikowski said he doesn’t feel any extra motivation with Tavecchio around.

“I get motivated no matter what,” he said. “That’s my job. I have to come in, get in good shape and kick the ball.”

Janikowski finished last season 21 for 26 for an 80.8 percent clip while connecting on four of five attempts from 50-plus yards. His 52 career field goals from long distance are tied with Jason Hansen for the NFL record.

He’s the Raiders’ all-time leader in games played and points, but there were some situations last year where the team went for it instead of sending out their kicker. He was asked Saturday if that bothered him at all.

“I don’t make those decisions,” Janikowski said. “Jack (Del Rio) is making the decisions, the head coach. That’s why he’s the head coach. If he wants to kick it, I’m out there kicking it. If he wants to go for it, he’s going for it.”

Janikowski, the last remaining player from the Raiders’ run to Super Bowl XXXVII, has one more season after this on his contract and has said he wants to kick until he’s 40.

“I love what I do,” Janikowski said. “I want to bring a championship to this team. That’s my goal.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I have people in Phoenix, so maybe if im around i will do that.. Sounds fun.. And i too go to the driving range a hit a few balls..

  • easyant13

    had a wedding last night, didnt see the ceremony, theres really no raiders gear in his locker? did he have a bad relationship with al? did it end badly, didnt they used to pull him for plunk in crunch time early on?

  • SaintKaufman

    I will never understand how someone can change their colors. They just wasn’t raised right!

  • SaintKaufman

    That sounds good. My guy gonna take it but I’ll be looking out for ya!

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    see you slackers on the next thread

  • SlashNHack

    I love Stabler and the 1976 team that won Super Bowl XI. They were voted the best team ever (thanks to a huge amount of Raiders fans around the world).

    I have been sitting around watching all kinds of old Raiders video and realized that the ’83 Super Bowl team was just incredible as well.

    That Defense had great players all over the field.

    4 pro bowlers (at different times) on the back line: 2 hall of fame caliber corners with Hayes and Haynes. Two safeties that don’t get enough credit but were both pro bowlers, Mike Davis and Van McElroy.

    Linebackers: Matt Millen, Ted Hendricks (who was still good – think he made the pro bowl in ’83), Rod Martin, who never got enough credit, and could set the edge like nobody’s business, could cover and rush the passer and always made big plays. Bob Nelson was a very solid player and Jack Squirek was a very good backup.

    The D-line was insane with Howie, Alzado, Reggie Kinlaw, Greg Townsend and Bill Pickel.

    The offense also had Todd Christiansen and Marcus Allen. Their line was solid too with some good starters and some good depth.

    They had Plunkett and Marc Wilson who actually played very well until he broke his shoulder. Frank Hawkins and Kenny King were good and they had an aging Branch who was still making plays.

    Awesome team!!!

  • r8dercain

    For all intents an purposes MD is more tied to the LA raider brand than oakland..IMO..

  • r8dercain

    I got 2 tix to game 4 of the preseason..

  • pistolpete9

    Who cares

  • no need to apologize. has looked great since then.


  • #east the prophet

    good to know!

  • fun times!