Leahy, Pat

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Pat Leahy
Patrick Joseph Leahy was a kicker for the New York Jets from 1974 to 1991. He is the team's all-time leading scorer in points.

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Background and college

Born March 19, 1951 in St. Louis, He went to Saint Louis University and played on three of the Billikens' national championship soccer teams, being an All-American once.

NFL Career

As a native of St. Louis, Leahy had a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals that year, but couldn't unseat Jim Bakken. The Jets saw Leahy during a preseason game and kept him in mind. During the 1974 season after Bobby Howfield was hurt. Leahy joined the Jets as a free agent. In 1975, Leahy established himself as the Jets' full-time kicker. By 1978, he was the leading scorer in the AFC with 107 points. His season high of 121 points came in 1985, when Leahy was 26 for 34 in field goals and 43 for 45 on extra points.

The always popular Leahy was voted the team's most valuable player by his teammates in 1990, the first time any Jet place-kicker had been accorded the honor. "It's an honor to have my name on here with all these guys like Joe Namath, Matt Snell, John Riggins and Al Toon," Leahy said on that day. In 1991 Leahy was troubled more and more by a sciatic nerve condition in his kicking leg, yet he managed to play in 15 of the Jets' 16 regular-season games and made 26 of 37 field-goal attempts, as well as going 30 for 30 on extra-point attempts. His total of 108 points marked the sixth time in his career he exceeded 100 points in a season. However, in July 1992, he announced his retirement. Aged 41, he was the oldest player in the NFL at the time. Leahy retired as the top career scorer for the Jets and was at the time, third best on the career list for all N.F.L. players. He is now ranked 15th overall.

Leahy, who played in 250 games and converted 304 of 426 field-goal attempts. He also made 558 of 584 extra-point attempts for a total of 1,470 points and his longest field goal was 55 yards against the Chicago Bears in 1985. He holds the Jet record for most consecutive field goals made, with 21.


Statistics

Regular season

Pat Leahy
 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
1974 6/11 54.5 0/0 3/5 2/4 1/2 0/0 45 18/19 94.7 36
1975 13/21 61.9 0/0 3/3 3/5 7/12 0/1 47 27/30 90.0 66
1976 11/16 68.8 1/1 5/5 3/5 2/5 0/0 47 16/20 80.0 49
1977 15/25 60.0 0/1 7/8 6/8 2/6 0/2 48 18/21 85.7 63
1978 22/30 73.3 2/2 5/5 9/12 6/9 0/2 47 41/42 97.6 113
1979 8/13 61.5 1/1 2/2 5/8 0/2 0/0 34 12/15 80.0 36
1980 14/22 63.6 0/0 4/4 4/9 6/8 0/1 49 36/36 100 78
1981 25/36 69.4 0/0 11/13 6/8 8/12 0/3 49 38/39 97.4 113
1982 11/17 64.7 1/1 3/5 4/5 3/6 0/0 49 26/31 83.9 57
1983 16/24 66.7 4/4 3/4 5/7 4/8 0/1 49 36/37 97.3 84
1984 17/24 70.8 2/2 5/6 7/8 2/5 1/3 52 38/39 97.4 89
1985 26/34 76.5 2/2 11/11 6/8 4/8 3/5 55 43/45 95.6 121
1986 16/19 84.2 1/1 5/5 4/4 5/8 1/1 50 44/44 100 92
1987 18/22 81.8 0/0 11/11 5/6 2/4 0/1 42 31/31 100 85
1988 23/28 82.1 0/0 9/9 7/8 7/10 0/1 48 43/43 100 112
1989 14/21 66.7 1/1 6/7 3/4 4/8 0/1 46 29/30 96.7 81
1990 23/26 88.5 2/2 12/12 6/7 3/5 0/0 47 32/32 100 101
1991 26/37 70.3 3/3 13/16 9/11 1/5 0/2 40 30/30 100 108
Total 304/426 71.4 20/21 118/131 94/127 67/123 5/24 55 558/584 95.6 1470

Playoffs

 
Season FG/FGA FG Pct 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Long PAT PAT Pct Pts
1981 2/3 - 1 1 0 0/1 26 3/3 100 9
1982 4 - 0 2 1 1 0 47 7/7 100 19
1985 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 100 2
1986 2 -- 0 0 1 1 0 46 7/7 100 6
Total 8 - 0 2 2 2 0 47 19/19 100 43


After the NFL

Leahy is still involved with SLU athletics. In 1992, he established the Pat Leahy Soccer Scholarship Endowment Fund, which benefits fifth-year Billiken soccer players. In 2007, Leahy was named to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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