One of Bill Belichick’s most trusted men on the placekick position that get the kicking job done accurately is Stephen Gostkowski, the New England Patriots placekicker. The prolific No. 3 is probably one of the oldest players in the franchise as he was drafted during the 4th round of 2006 National Football League (NFL) draft as the 118th pick for the Patriots.
Ever since his rookie season, he has been smoking hot on the field of play. One of his major highlights as a player would be his 41 yards field winning goal which he registered with just two minutes to the end of the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl LIII in February 2019.
The goal gave the New England Patriots three more points which helped them clinch a sixth Super Bowl title as they overcame the Los Angeles Rams in a 13 – 3 game score which has entered the history books as the lowest ever score in the championship since 1949.
Stephen Gostkowski Biography
Stephen Carroll Gostkowski is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was born to his rich American parents, Cindy and Larry Gostkowski on the 28th of January 1984.
As a young lad, he loved playing hockey and he eventually lost two of his teeth in the same game which earned him the moniker Beaver. He would later enroll into Madison Central High School where he signed up for and played football, baseball, and soccer games.
Steve Gostkowski was a placekicker on the football team and he recorded his longest field kick with a 55-yard kick for his high school team which earned him recognition as the All-State Honoree in all 3 sports he partook in before he graduated.
Gostkowski’s tertiary education was at the public research University of Memphis. The star kicker could not resist setting new records with the Tigers football team with yet another longest field kick which got him named twice to the First-team All-Conference in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Ready for a professional move, he declared for the 2006 NFL draft that saw him picked as No. 118 overall by the Patriots. Coincidentally, he was the second kicker drafted in that year’s draft.
The playmaker later inked a 4-year deal extension in 2010 amounting to $14,000,000 which was in 2015 renewed as a result of his outstanding duty with the franchise to the tune of $17 million for an additional 4 years.
Summarily, he has 87.4% completion percentage, for 367 field goals nicely executed out of his attempted 420 field goal kicks, accumulating a total point of 1,743 in all 200 games played since his professional career took off.
Beaver, as he is nicknamed made 3 field goal attempts with one falling short of the expectation to give his team the much-needed points to defeat the Los Angeles Rams during the Super Bowl LIII on February 2019 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
His performance at the outing got him the title of 3rd most accurate NFL placekicker in the 2018 record books while his versatile teammate Julian Edelman clinched the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the championship.
His Salary and Net Worth
The star kicker, Stephen Gostkowski’s long stay in the NFL, spanning over a decade has surely paid off not just in fame but in monetary terms, as he can be regarded as one of the millionaires in this trade. He is a 4 time Pro Bowl athlete, twice First-team All-Pro, 3-time Super Bowl title holder and 4-time National Football League season scorer, as well his franchise All-time leader scorer.
The 6 footer’s salary and net worth have seen ceaseless upgrade since his draft; as of 2019, his salary pegged at $4, 300,000 while his net worth is estimated to fall within $15 million and $18 million. His 4-year deal inked in 2015 wrapped up in 2019. It was worth $17.2 million alongside a signing bonus of $6 million with $10 million guaranteed sum.
His Wife and Kids
The history-making placekicker Stephen Gostkowski is married to the beautiful nurse Hallie Swearingen Gostkowski, who is pretty reserved and on the quiet lane. Theirs is part of the few romantic relationships that survive from a college love affair. They first met in an anatomy classroom. They got engaged in 2007 and signed the marriage register on 19th April 2008.
The quiet beauty hails from Memphis, Tennessee where she attended the Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee and also studied Nursing in the same university as Stephen – University of Memphis. Unlike her husband who is largely on the spotlight because of the nature of his job, she is largely absent from the public glare. Even her social media accounts are set to private.
The couple is blessed with 2 sons – Slayden Kyle and Gannon William and a daughter who was born 2016.