Sebastian Janikowski is a Polish-born American football player currently under contract as a place-kicker with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). For the NFL Draft 2000, he was the 17th overall draft made possible by the Oakland Raiders, making him the very first kicker to be used in the maiden round, especially in the modern NFL era.
His performances on the field earned him the nickname “Seebass,” a name he proudly carries after setting the NFL record for the longest field goal ever scored, an incredible 63 yards. Sebastian shares this record with David Akers, Jason Elam, and Tom Dempsey. Discover more details about this exceptional athlete below.
Who is Sebastian Janikowski?
Sebastian Pawel Janikowski was born on March 2, 1978, in Walbrzych, Poland, the son of parents Henryk Janikowski and Halina Janikowski. His father was a professional soccer player in his home country Poland, but he decided to move to the United States in the early 1980s in search of a better life for himself and his family and hopefully revive his soccer career. A few years after Janikowski’s father moved to the United States, he divorced his mother to marry an American woman. While he stayed behind with his mother, Sabastian also developed a strong passion for soccer, and he did well to hone his skills until the championship. This massive development in sport earned him a place on the Polish U-17 team at the age of 15.
Luckily for Sebastian, his father’s association with a woman from the United States gave him the opportunity to move there as a legal resident. His arrival in the United States was initially quite difficult as he spoke very little English, but over time he got used to the environment and improved his English by watching TV shows and attending a three-week evening class.
Sebastian was selected as a member of the Orangewood Christian soccer team. Although he was only allowed to play five games for the team, he helped them advance to the Class A State Championship by scoring a record 15 goals. However, his team eventually lost 3-2 to Lakeland Christian on penalties, and he was hailed as an integral part of the team’s commendable performance. He still lived with his father and stepmother in Orlando, Florida, and later joined the Orlando Lions U19 football team, which was then coached by Angello Rossi. Rossi, who saw great potential in Sebastian, convinced his father and Henryk to transfer him to Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, where Rossi was also a coach. As a result of this move, Sebastian had to move in with Coach Rossi and his family.
He has performed incredibly well as a field kicker for the Seabreeze High School soccer team and was also on the school’s soccer team. His exploits in his high school soccer game include a four-field goal from over 50 yards, 60 yards, and a kick from 82 yards. For his university education and college career, Sebastian decided to pitch his tent at Florida State University, where he played for the Florida State Seminoles soccer team coached by Bobby Bowden. In 1999, he was honored for the second year in a row with the Lou Groza Award, an award for the nation’s best college kicker.
After graduating from college, Sebastian Janikowski had to do a lot of scout pitching to get him on their team, which he was eventually drafted into by the Oakland Raiders. This draft made history when he became the fourth placekicker in NFL history to be included in the first round of the draft as the 17th overall candidate for the NFL Draft 2000. On September 12, Sebastian scored the NFL record set by Tom Dempsey in 1970 and Jason Elam in 1998 after scoring a 63-yard field goal in the rainy first half against the Denver Broncos.
Two months later (on November 27, 2011), he broke the team record of scoring the most field goals in a single game, after scoring a total of 6 goals – 40, 47, 42, 19, 37, and 44 yards in the game against the Chicago Bears. By the 2017 season, he had played a total of 268 games with the Raider, for whom he holds the record for the most games played.
It’s no hidden secret that athletes, especially NFL players, smile really well to the bench every now and then, and some of us who don’t play sports wish we did. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have a good life? For Sebastian, even though he didn’t have much in the beginning, as far as his family background is concerned, his skills definitely paved the way to fame and fortune. Over the years, his income has also grown exponentially, as his estimated net worth is currently a whopping $14 million, which is quite impressive indeed.
Personal Life: Married, Wife
Like most NFL top players, their private life is usually very much hidden from the public, something we have yet to explore, but hey – it’s their private life, we think they have the right to decide whether or not to make certain aspects of their life public.
In Sebastian’s case, the narrative is similar, since little is known about his relationships, but one thing is known: He is a married man, and his wife’s name is Lori Janikowski. He and Lori have reportedly been together since 2003 and married in 2008, and together the couple has two lovely daughters who happen to be twins. Their names are Mila Janikowski and Vi Janikowski. Interestingly, the couple is expecting their third child, who is also a girl.
Contact sports like American football are not for the timid or the unfit, it is a sport that requires a certain height and mass if you want to do well as a player because it can certainly get messy on the field. For Sebastian, he is well equipped for the tough nature of the sport as he has the right body type (with a height of 6.2 m and a weight of 240 lbs) to compete with equally strong opponents.