Greg Zuerlein is one of the best placekickers in the National Football League (NFL). He began his professional career in 2006 after he was drafted that year by the St. Louis Rams. He began with the team on a high note, setting and breaking existing records.
The 6 feet player is so good at the game and has an exceptional ability to convert long field goals. In 2017, Greg’s talent and incredible performance earned him his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
Greg Zuerlein Biography (Nicknames)
The Lincoln, Nebraska native was born on December 27, 1987. He is popularly known by both his fans and teammates by the nicknames “Greg the Leg” or “Legatron”. He earned these nicknames as a result of his ability to convert long field goals.
Greg Zuerlein was a student at Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and while he was there, he played football and soccer and received letters in both. In addition to that, he also earned Nebraska All-State and All-Class honors during his junior and senior years.
After he was done with high school, Zuerlein pursed his college football career at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO). He played for three seasons but was forced to sit out the 2010 season as a result of an injury he sustained on his hip. While playing for the Omaha Mavericks football team, the talented player set a school record of 61 consecutive extra points and converted 19 out of 26 field goal attempts.
In 2011, UNO scrapped its football program and as a result, Greg moved to Missouri Western State University for his final season of college football with the Missouri Western Griffons football team. There, he set an NCAA Division II record of 21 consecutive field goals (seven of which were 50 yards and two 58-yard field goals). He also had a .952 field goal percentage having completed 23 of 24 attempts, which was the highest of any NCAA player in any division with 12 or more attempts in 2011.
The kicker signed up for the 2012 NFL Draft and was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 6th round with the 171st overall pick. This made him the first non-Bowl Championship Series kicker to be drafted since 2006 and the first below the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision since 2005.
He kicked off his professional career setting a very high standard for himself as he broke and set several league and franchise records in his rookie season. In Week 3 of the 2015 season, he made a 56-yard field goal, which is longest at Soldier Field.
In the game against the Seattle Seahawks the following week, he beat his own record of 58 yards which he set earlier in the same game with a 60-yard field goal, breaking Jeff Wilkins’ 14-year record and becoming the first player in the history of NFL to make a 60-yard field goal and a 50-plus yarder in the same game.
Also in the same season, Greg hit a 54-yard field goal in overtime during the game against the San Francisco 49ers in week 13 and this became the second longest field goal scored in overtime since the beginning of NFL.
He moved to the Los Angeles Rams in 2016 based on a one-year contract and in 2017, the contract was extended to the next three years. With the Rams, he has maintained his strong performances, consequently winning the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month on November 2, 2017. In December 2017, he was named to his first Pro Bowl. The player finished the 2017 season as the league’s highest scorer with 158 points and 11.3 points per game.
The 2019 season was yet another spectacular one for Greg Zuerlein. He was instrumental to the Rams’ overtime win in the years NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. During the game, he hit all four of his field goal attempts, paving the way for his team to participate in the Super Bowl LIII.
Back in 2017, the placekicker signed a 3-year contract extension with the Los Angles Rams. The deal includes a $750,000 signing bonus, $2,375,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,250,000. Zuerlein will earn a base salary of $2,325,000 in 2019 and a signing bonus of $250,000. Consequently, the NFL star is expected to cash home a cap hit of $2,575,000 and a dead cap value of $250,000.
Greg Zuerlein is married to Megan Lynn Zuerlein (nee Kreifels). Born in 1989, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, Megan is the last of Terry and Barbara Kreifels’ three children. Her older siblings are named Amanda and Justin.
She attended Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and later moved on to Hastings College where she was a goalkeeper for the girls’ soccer team. She was so good at the sport that in 2011, she earned the Lincoln Journal Star Athlete of the Year. Megan later went to Creighton University and there, she studied nursing. After her graduation, she worked at St. Anthony’s Medical Center before leaving to work at Gateway Endoscopy Center.
Greg and his wife were high school sweethearts. They got married on April 27, 2013, and are now blessed with four beautiful children. The first named Emma was born in 2014 while the second, Morgan, arrived on June 14, 2015. The couple welcomed their first son named Greg Jr., in August 2016 and their second son, Samuel Gene, was born on November 12, 2018.
Greg Zuerlein surely will be counted among the tallest players in the NFL as his height is pretty much impressive. The Nebraska-born athlete is measured for height at 6 feet (183 cm). The NFL star also maintains a body weight of 87 kg (191 lb) which complements his height.