Biography: Jason Elam, K

Jason Elam
Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam (1) follows through as he kicks the game-winning field goal in overtime against the Oakland Raiders during a football game in Denver, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. Broncos’ Todd Sauerbrun (10) holds. The Broncos beat the Raiders, 23-20, in overtime. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Jason Elam, who played the first 15 seasons (1993-2007) of his 17-year NFL career with the Broncos, is the franchise’s all-time leader in field goals (395) and points (1,786) – both representing the second-highest totals in NFL history for a single team (K Jason Hanson, Det.).

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, ’98, ’01) and 2001 NFL Special Teams Player of the Year, Elam played in a team-record 250 combined games (236 reg. season / 14 postseason) for the Broncos. He was part of 152 combined wins – the second-highest total in team history behind quarterback John Elway (163) – including the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998. In addition to kicking 24 game-winning or game-saving field goals as a Bronco, Elam finished his career with the team ranked eighth in NFL history in regular-season field goal percentage (80.6 / 395- of-490) and playoff field goal percentage (83.3 / 15-of-18). He also finished his Broncos career ranked second in league history in 50-yard field goals (37), including a 63-yard kick against Jacksonville on Oct. 25, 1998, that tied the NFL record.

Including his two final NFL seasons with Atlanta (2008-09), Elam finished his career making 436-of-540 (80.7%) field goals and 675-of-679 (99.4%) PATs for 1,983 points. He set an NFL mark with 16 consecutive seasons scoring 100-plus points, and his 263 consecutive games (every contest of his career) with a point was the second-longest streak in league history at the time of his retirement.

Elam was selected by the Broncos in the third round (70th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from the University of Hawaii, where he converted 79 career field goals to finish one shy of the then-NCAA record. A graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., Elam was born on March 8, 1970.