The Raiders Are Parting Ways With Sebastian Janikowski, An NFL Legend, After 18 Years

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders kicks a field goal against the Buffalo Bills during their NFL game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on December 4, 2016 in Oakland, California.

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After 18 years together, the Oakland Raiders are not bringing legendary NFL kicker Sebastian Janikowski back for the 2018-2019 NFL season. Sebastian Janikowski was drafted #17 overall in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Just let that sink in. A kicker drafted 17th, ahead of RB Shaun Alexander who was NFL MVP for Seattle back in 2005.

Janikowski’s entire life (and career) have been the stuff of lore. Born in Poland, he moved to the United States because his dad was a professional soccer player in the 80s. Sebastian Janikowski was a badass soccer player himself and played on the Poland U-17 team when he was 15-years-old. As an H.S. Senior at Seabreeze in Daytona Beach, Sebastian gained fame for kicking 4 FGs of 50+ yards which got the attention of Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden.

Janikowski partied and kicked his way through college, making headlines along the way, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 17th overall in 2000. Now that the Raiders are parting ways with Janikowski that means THE ONLY player from the 2000 draft that’s still with the team that drafted him is Tom Brady with the Patriots. No players from the 2001 and 2002 NFL Drafts are still with the original teams that drafted them.

The news that the Raiders are dropping Janikowski broke on Twitter Moments last night:

I love this man’s vision for the future:

Surely, a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who literally lost multiple games last season because of inept kickers could use this veteran kicker in the locker room. And it’s high-time for Sebastian Janikowski to come back to the state of Florida.