Chris Jacke was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round in 1989. The Packers were in need of a kicker after trotting out four different players to attempt field goals in 1988, including Max Zendejas and his 56.3 percent success rate.
As a rookie, Jacke made 78.6 percent of his field goals, which ranked him eighth in the NFL that season. He continued to connect near that pace -- never lower than 73.1 percent and only once exceeding 80 percent -- for all eight seasons in which he played for Green Bay.
"When I came in the league, kicking 75 percent was considered very good," said Jacke, 46. "By today's standards, it's obviously not. Kickers today are better trained, field conditions are a lot better. Walking on Lambeau now compared to when I walked on Lambeau and played on Lambeau is kind of different. Some of those playing field conditions were quite bad. We played in Milwaukee, which wasn't the greatest.
"My first five years in the league I was 75 percent o...