Washington Redskins: Top 30 players in franchise history
By Ian Cummings
Mark Moseley is the only kicker ever to win the Associated Press NFL MVP award.
Okay, maybe not. Granted, the award isn’t as impressive when you take into account that the season in which he won it, 1982, was shortened to nine games by a player strike. The league’s passing leader that year was San Diego Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts, with 2,883 yards, and the league’s rushing leader was New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil, with 786.
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So maybe Moseley didn’t have a lot of competition for the MVP award that year. But he still had a season to be remembered. In an era where kickers were normally expected to make no more than 75 percent of their field goals on average, Moseley only missed one of his 21 attempts throughout the season, compiling a 95.2 field goal percentage.
The 1982 season was an outlier for Moseley. He led the nation in scoring in the following season, and made an additional Pro Bowl in 1979, but he would never eclipse a field goal percentage higher than 77.4 percent in a season again.
Nevertheless, Moseley’s career was fruitful. He ended his tenure with the Redskins as their all-time leading scorer, and today, he still upholds that title.
Moseley kicked 300 field goals, with a 65.6 field goal percentage, a decent number at the time. He also made 482 of 512 extra point attempts. In a time where the Redskins can’t even rely on their kicker to make a 34-yard field goal in overtime, it’s nice to know that at one point, the Redskins had an MVP-caliber player at the position. It’s the little things that count.
And we stole Moseley from the Philadelphia Eagles. So that’s nice, too.