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All-Time Team kicker preview

The Bills 50th Season All-Time Team has some interesting candidates for the kicker position, but there are just five nominees for the solitary role.

One was a member of the Bills 25th Anniversary Team, one is the franchise's all-time leading scorer, another is the franchise's most accurate, and only one of the nominees has a Pro Bowl to his credit.

Remember you can register to vote for the 50th Season All-Time Team online at

Here's a brief preview of the men who often snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Buffalo Bills over the past half century.

Steve Christie (1992-2000)
Arguably the franchise's most clutch kicker, Christie is also the Bills all-time leading scorer with 1,011 points in nine seasons with Buffalo. Christie also stands second all-time in kicker accuracy (78.3%) despite having 100 more attempts than the next closest Bills kicker.

Christie also holds the team records for most points in a season after posting a career-high 140 in 1998, and for longest field goal in club annals with his 59-yarder against the Dolphins in 1993.

His most memorable moment was his game-winning 32-yard field goal in overtime of the 1992 AFC Wild Card game against Houston completing the greatest comeback in NFL history.

Pete Gogolak (1964-1965)
The pioneer of soccer-style place kicking, Gogolak was a member of Buffalo's back-to-back AFL Championship teams of the mid-1960s.

As a rookie Gogolak broke all the team's kicking records in 1964 with 19 field goals, 45 extra points and 102 total points in Buffalo first championship season.

Earning AFL All-Star honors in 1965, the former Cornell product had a 115-point season in just 14 games. 

Gogolak is best remembered for his game-winning 33-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to beat the Chargers 27-24 on Thanksgiving day in 1964.

John Leypoldt (1971-1976)
Leypoldt kicked six seasons for the Bills after the team picked him up off waivers midway through the 1971 campaign.

He would have his most productive year in a Bills uniform in 1973 when he posted a 90-point season.

His most memorable outing came on Nov. 19, 1972 when with five seconds remaining Leypoldt delivered a game-winning 45-yard field goal to lift Buffalo over New England 27-24 in a late comeback effort.

Rian Lindell (2003-present)
Set to enter his seventh season as the Bills place kicker, Lindell is the most accurate kicker in team history with a success rate of 83.1 percent. He is also the most accurate long distance kicker with the highest field goal percentage from 50 yards plus with at least 10 career attempts (61.5%).

Lindell also holds the franchise record for most consecutive point after attempts made with 186, as he has not missed an extra point in his career (282-282).

The 2008 season marked the highest scoring year of Lindell's career with 140 points. Lindell's most memorable game was his five-field goal effort including a game-winning 36-yarder with four seconds left in a road win at Washington on Dec. 2, 2007.

Scott Norwood (1985-1991)
The only nominee to be named to a Pro Bowl (1988) and first-team All-Pro, Norwood was an integral part of helping Buffalo advance to the AFC Championship game in 1988.

In that season Norwood kicked 32 field goals on 37 attempts (86.5%) with five game winners, of which two came in the final 15 seconds. He was also perfect on 33 extra points for a career-high 129 points.

Ranking third in team annals in kicking accuracy and second in points, Norwood's best moment came against Miami on Oct. 25, 1987, when his 27-yard game winner in overtime capped a 21-point comeback in a 34-31 win over the Dolphins.

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