Jason Elam to sign with the Denver Broncos, retire

Falcons kicker Jason Elam was 2 of 3 making this one in the first half, good enough to help the Falcons survive the Buccaneers 20-17 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons kicker Jason Elam was 2 of 3 making this one in the first half, good enough to help the Falcons survive the Buccaneers 20-17 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Former Falcons kicker Jason Elam, who played at Brookwood High School, will sign a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday so he can retire as a Bronco, according to the team.

In 2008, Elam helped to stabilize the Falcons’ field goal kicking.  Overall, he made 29 of 31 field attempts and was a major factor in the Falcons 11-5 season and trip to the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Last season, Elam developed a hitch in his kicking swing and struggled mightily. He made 12 of 19 field goals before being released on Dec. 1.

After playing for Hawaii in college, Elam played in a franchise-record 236 games for the Broncos.

Elam played 15 seasons for the Broncos from 1993 to 2007. He shares the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. He tied Tom Dempsey’s mark when he made a 63-yarder on Oct, 28, 1998.

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Go Junior!

March 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

kicker legend

Nick

March 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

Why didn’t he just stay with Denver?

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da boys

March 30th, 2010
9:50 pm

i would leave the sorry . . . falcons to and retire also Dallas Cowboys run this blog say something falcons fans

(You’re trippin’ –dol)

falcon21

March 30th, 2010
10:27 pm

David, it will take him too long to figure that out!!!

Burger Brian

March 30th, 2010
10:42 pm

Sure he tied Dempsey’s record ~ but wasn’t accurate to the end like Morten. Morten lost some distance in the ladder years but can still split the uprights inside 35….

Sign somebody else

March 30th, 2010
10:49 pm

So long, Elam. So long…since you looked like a real kicker, that is.

Quick

March 30th, 2010
10:56 pm

Morten was tha man. Aaaahhhh…reminiscin on ‘98. Probably the greatest field goal kicker ever. Tough to compare anyone to him. But ‘ol Elam did us some justice in ‘08. I can’t hate. Maybe we can go get Viniteri or Janikowski next. That’ll be great. Just think of one of them to compliment Jamaal Anderson and Michael Jenkins. What a roster!!! Oh yeah, bump a cowboy and his mama.

t larry

March 30th, 2010
11:58 pm

He done a great job
Can’t we all just get alone.

Matt the Brave

March 31st, 2010
12:35 am

Best of luck to him in the future. He was a good kicker two years ago. Father time just caught up with him, and he didn’t sound bitter about being cut by us.

athdog

March 31st, 2010
12:36 am

Koenen’sa punting and kickoff fool. We’re set there. We may need another field goal/PAT guy, depending on the rehab of last year’s guy, whose name I can’t even recall. Billy Bennett is still available, too.

yo mama

March 31st, 2010
1:39 am

all y’all are worthless and weak! You can’t spell either, whats up with the ebonics crap, too! I am a former kicker, and i bet none of you can hit a baseball, make a free throw, and even kick an extra point. But you sure can clobber people here on the blog. get real, clean up your act, and behave! so why knock Elam, when you couldnt even do what he does. I mean, take your GED and shove it!

Jimmie

March 31st, 2010
2:30 am

da boys… What did you say? Is that English? “falcons to and retire also Dallas Cowboys run this blog say something falcons fans”. I’ve read this sentence a few times and can’t figure it out. Can someone help me with this? Hey, I’m sorry it isn’t the 90s anymore, but that gives you no excuse to talk like you are Michael Irvin or Leon Lett or Nate Newton. Wait…. Is this Keith BrookingS??? This sounds like something ignorant that you would do. Hey, let it go man… Wipe your chin, get off your knees and tell Romo to walk away.

Sign somebody else

March 31st, 2010
2:32 am

“all y’all are worthless and weak! You can’t spell either, whats up with the ebonics crap, too! I am a former kicker, and i bet none of you can hit a baseball, make a free throw, and even kick an extra point. But you sure can clobber people here on the blog. get real, clean up your act, and behave! so why knock Elam, when you couldnt even do what he does. I mean, take your GED and shove it!”

Couldn’t do what he does? You mean act like I’m auditioning for “Dancing with the stars” on my way to a 35 yard kick attempt? You mean pretend like I’m doing Riverdance when I’m kicking a FG while the game is on the line? You’re right, none of us could do that. Security won’t let us get on the field, much less touch the ball. In the mean time, brush up on your own grammar skills before embarking on a completely hypocritical tirade of your own.

Sign somebody else

March 31st, 2010
2:33 am

Hey, let it go man… Wipe your chin, get off your knees and tell Romo to walk away.

Waaaaaaahahahahahahahaaaa!!!!

Jimmie

March 31st, 2010
3:01 am

yo mama… First off, your name is yo mama, and for you to say whats up with the ebonics crap??? How did you start your sentence? All y’all? Really? Secondly, it’s a blog, and people say what the want to say because they are hidden behind a computer, so the input (including mine) should be taken with a grain of salt. The NFL stands for Not For Long. Elam lasted a long time in the NFL. I appreciate you letting us all know that we can’t kick those field goals, but you must know that we also weren’t getting paid $1,707,280 to kick a football either and if you can’t do it you are gone. I know that if I didn’t do my job, I would be gone. Luckily, for me and my family I’m competent enough to do my job. But, I guarantee you that when I can’t I’ll be gone just like your boy Elam. It’s life

Jamaaliver

March 31st, 2010
3:20 am

Rest in Peace J Elam. You will be missed……

Maniac

March 31st, 2010
3:43 am

Good kicker, just retired too late. He should have retired in 2008.

BravesFan79

March 31st, 2010
8:11 am

I was a big fan of Elam and Elway all thru the 90’s … what a great kicker! I still think the Falcons should of brought back Morten Anderson instead of Elam last year! Inside 40 yards, i bet Anderson would STILL be a lock!

david

March 31st, 2010
9:50 am

He will be in the hall of fame in 7-10 years.

MSS

March 31st, 2010
10:30 am

yes he will he did a great job in 2008 im glad he was with the Falcons

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 31st, 2010
10:34 am

Jason bought my jetski 8 or 9 years ago. Came to my house and we sat and talked football for quite awhile. Total class act and was very generous with his time and autographs. He did negotiate a 100$ price break for my sea-doo something that still makes me smile. :)

Best of luck to you Jason.

Tale of Woe

March 31st, 2010
10:51 am

Glad you finally reported this. I told you about it 2 weeks ago. Instead we got a stupid Vick article and a bunch of hyperbole regarding the draft.

Nativebird

March 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

I am SO happy for him. Make a friggin field goal in Carolina and New York and we go 11 and 5 and to the playoffs.

Sid

March 31st, 2010
10:55 pm

developed a hitch in his kicking swing…………….??? Can you spell M-E-N-T-A-L………

All he had to do was take all his change from his left pocket and put it in his right pocket and turn his helmet around backwards. He cost us mightily last season….so go back to the Broncos because the horse dung you left here is ripe. C ya Bye!

Sid

March 31st, 2010
10:57 pm

Oh, and nice job in 08′………………….

Sid

March 31st, 2010
10:58 pm

That $100 bucks he saved on the Jet Ski should have went for psycho therapy

marko

April 1st, 2010
10:46 am

I’ve never understood why a player signs a one-day contract and retire with a certain team.
Who is he kidding? He is not retiring as a Bronco. He is retiring from football, last playing for the Falcons. If he wants to retire as a Bronco, he needs to make the team and play a game or so in the regular season and retire then.

Section 108

April 2nd, 2010
12:42 pm

If Elam would of been 17-19 field goals instead of 12-19 last year, we would of been in the play-offs, if not the super bowl. I know he is a kicking legend, but I will forever have a bad taste in my mouth from that

Gunny

April 2nd, 2010
5:34 pm

I got to meet Jason when I taught him Scuba diving. He is a class guy who deserves to be recognized for his longevity and his accuracy. he was a hell of a good kicker . The game will miss him .

PlanB

April 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

He developed a hitch in his kicking swing. It happens in golf too. Your swinging good for a long while then one day your swing is different and not good and you don’t know why. You keep playing and it finally goes away and you don’t know what happened to change it back. He would probably be fine this year if he wasn’t getting toward the end of his career anyway. Problem is, it happened while playing for the Falcons and it cost us two games and the playoffs.
It’s not like he tried to miss, though. Hope he has a good retirement.
What did happen to the guy that was hurt while kicking for us at the end of the year?? He was doing OK.