A position on special teams that is primarily responsible for kicking extra points and field goals, as well as kicking off after scores are at the beginning of a half. Kickers are specialty players since they only play a handful of plays per game. Kickers are prized for their strong and accurate legs which make them effective on longer field goals, giving their team a wider area from which to put points on the scoreboard. Kickers tend to be smaller players.
Also known as "placekicker".
Kicker is one of the most pressure filled positions on a football team. The kicker only plays a handful of plays per game, but with each play there is a responsibility to score points or pin the team deep on a kickoff. The best kickers have strong legs that can reach the goalposts from 50 yards or more and are accurate enough to make field goals consistently from a variety of distances. The best kickers can kick the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs, resulting in a touchback and giving the offense the ball at their own 20-yard line. Kickers are not used on other plays, since they tend to be much smaller than other players.