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Introducing Mike Vanderjagt

 

Mike Vanderjagt played four different sports at Oakville’s White Oak High School .. basketball, track, soccer and football.
 

After accepting a scholarship to attend Michigan State University, football became his prime focus.
 

At Michigan State, Mike was a quarterback and kicker. After changing schools, he finished his NCAA University career in 1991 and 1992, as a punter and place kicker for West Virginia University.
 

After graduating from West Virginia, Mike returned to Canada and started a career as a kicker in the Canadian Football League, where he played for four different teams, including the Toronto Argonauts.
 

In 1998, Vanderjagt joined the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League in the U.S.A. He became a fixture as the club’s place kicker until the end of the 2005 season. In 1999, he led the NFL in scoring.
 

Mike had a spectacular 2003 season with the Colts, becoming the first kicker in the league’s history to go a full season, including the playoffs, without missing a field goal or point after attempt. He finished the regular season 37 for 37 in field goals, and 46 for 46 in point afters, and was also perfect on 3 field goals, and 12 point afters in the play offs. In the process, Mike made his first Pro Bowl and was named first team all-pro.
 

Vanderjagt’s streak of 42 consecutive successful field goals, the longest in NFL history, ended on Sept 9, 2004, when he missed a 48 yard attempt against the New England Patriots.
 

After one year playing with the Dallas Cowboys, Mike left the NFL, and returned to the CFL Toronto Argonauts, where he played in 1996 and 1997.
 

Mike Vanderjagt retired as the most accurate field goal kicker in National Football League history. He made 230 of 266 field goal attempts .. an accuracy percentage of 86.5%
 

In retirement, Mike lives with his family in Florida, where he is in the restaurant business and a successful “kids” football coach.
 

 

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