There’s a thing in sports where we get so used to certain athletes being incredible all the time that when they are only sort of amazing, it becomes boring. It’s essentially greed, and at our core we all are greedy to a certain extent. It’s whatever, we accept it.
There’s something we can’t accept, though. On Saturday afternoon the NFL’s official Twitter account polled their audience on who their top five kickers were, and they themselves were guilty of what we just discussed. They forgot a certain someone.
In case you forgot, Dan Bailey is literally the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history (Justin Tucker is first). Yes. That NFL history.
Truth be told, Dan did have his worst season as a professional in 2017. He hit career lows in terms of total field goals made (15) and field goal percentage (75%), and he missed an extra point for the first time ever. It was ugly.
All that being said, Bailey is only 30 years old. He’s still a viable NFL kicker and to be glossed over like this is a disgrace. It’s understandable if your brain flocks to kickers like Justin Tucker or even Stephen Gostkowski and/or Matt Bryant first, but Harrison Butker? Chris Boswell? Jake Elliott?!
There’s no reason why Dan won’t be back to his normal splittin’-em self during the 2018 season. I’ve made the argument before that yanking kickoff duties from his repertoire wouldn’t hurt, but even if the Cowboys choose not to this is still Dan freaking Bailey we’re talking about here.
It’s an amazing thing when a member of the Cowboys is ignored when it comes to lists like these because, well, it’s the Cowboys. When we’re talking about Dan Bailey, it’s almost amazing as he himself is, just in a totally different way. It’s unacceptable.