CollectionsDavid Akers
IN THE NEWS

David Akers

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
January 27, 2002 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a job without guarantees, David Akers has become the closest thing to a sure thing for the Eagles. He has become a Pro Bowl kicker who has made 31 of 36 field goals this season, including the postseason. He has scored 137 points. When he has been called upon to make big kicks, he has made them. He has been nearly automatic. But kickers hate the word automatic. Nothing is automatic, nothing is guaranteed. Even for Akers. "Every game for me is crucial because I have to prove that I'm worthy of keeping a job," Akers said.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers said Wednesday they have released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers after two seasons filled with record-setting highs and crushing lows. In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 extra points. In 2011, he set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. And last season, he tied the league mark for the longest field goal, scoring from 63 yards in the opener at Green Bay. But Akers, the Eagles' placekicker from 1999 to 2010, made just 29 of 44 attempts last season.
SPORTS
January 2, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been great to see our favorite ex-Eagle, kicker David Akers, mostly shine for the San Francisco 49ers, and we were looking forward to seeing him in the playoffs. Whoops - cue the vagaries of the kicker's life. The Niners signed former Ravens and Redskins toe Billy Cundiff Tuesday to compete with Akers, who has been struggling. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday he might keep both kickers on the roster and open up a competition. The 38-year-old Akers is just 29 for 42 this season.
SPORTS
December 11, 2008 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David Akers spent his 34th birthday Tuesday visiting Children's Hospital as part of his Kicks for Kids Foundation, enjoying some rare free time with his family, and feeling pretty certain he wouldn't have to answer questions from the media suggesting his future as the Eagles' kicker was in jeopardy. "I've tried this year not to pay attention to what's in the media," Akers said the other day. "So the only way I knew people were saying things was by the questions I was being asked.
SPORTS
November 19, 2001 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles' leading scorer pulled on his boots one foot at a time yesterday, methodically, slowly and generally undisturbed in a far corner of the visiting locker room. "I just try to stay as consistent as possible," kicker David Akers said, having just piled up exactly half of the team's points in a 36-3 win over Dallas. "Nobody's perfect. I miss kicks. " Not lately, he doesn't. Akers set a career record with five field goals yesterday, and added three extra points. He has now made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts this season, with the only misses being from 49 yards and 44 yards.
SPORTS
January 31, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - David Akers once set an NFL record for consecutive field goals made in the postseason. But the 49ers kicker's troubles in the playoffs over the last several years, compounded by his inefficiency this season, have placed the spotlight directly on the onetime Eagle as he prepares to play in his second Super Bowl. Akers' struggles this season have been well-documented. He has missed 15 of his last 38 field-goal attempts dating from Week 3, and clanked a routine 38-yarder off the left upright in the NFC championship game.
SPORTS
August 19, 2010 | By NATE MINK, minkn@phillynews.com
A QUARANTINE in Germany is a funny place to end a football career. And believe it, David Akers and football were finished. In his only NFL game in 1998, playing for the Redskins, he watched Seattle's Steve Broussard take his opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Lining up field goals from 9 yards out instead of 8, like he did in college, he had missed both attempts from 48 and 49 yards. His only onside kick gave the Seahawks great field position. "One of the old veteran guys said, 'They called him the Babe Ruth of kicking, and it looks like he struck out,' " Akers recalled recently.
SPORTS
June 17, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles' search for a second kicker ended in their own backyard. Rich Maston, a product of Camden Catholic High School and Temple University, agreed to a two-year contract yesterday. Maston, 27, has gone to camp with the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, but has been out of football the last two years. He will compete with David Akers for the Eagles' kicking job. The two kickers have worked out together in Florida in the past. Eagles coach Andy Reid has said he wanted to bring in a legitimate competitor for Akers, not just an "extra leg" to share practice time.
SPORTS
September 21, 2005 | By Bob Brookover and Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Eagles kicker David Akers has said that it would take something almost unimaginable to keep him out of a game. As insurance in case his hamstring injury does so Sunday, when the Eagles play the Oakland Raiders, the team signed kicker Todd France to the practice squad yesterday. The Eagles released wide receiver Michael Gasperson to make room for France. France, 25, a product of the University of Toledo and NFL Europe, was beaten out by Matt Bryant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' kicking job this summer.
SPORTS
November 4, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There just aren't many NFL stadiums anymore where you can see silos and freshly cultivated fields beyond the grandstands. By the time the Eagles' buses rolled into the University of Illinois' horseshoe-shaped relic called Memorial Stadium early yesterday morning, David Akers could see snowflakes through rain-streaked windows. Those nearby farms, he noticed, were shrouded in mist. "I knew the field wouldn't be too great, either," the Pro Bowl placekicker said. "But that didn't bother me at all. " Akers' focus and consistency are always considerable assets for the Eagles and coach Andy Reid.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
December 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
CODY PARKEY'S first NFL season began in May in Indianapolis, where it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out he was a longshot to make the Colts, who feature a future Hall of Fame placekicker in Adam Vinatieri. Seven and a half months later, the undrafted rookie out of Auburn enters Week 17 five points shy of breaking the NFL's rookie scoring record (144 points, by the Bears' Kevin Butler in 1985), as well as the Eagles' single-season scoring record. This week, he this week was named a first alternate for the Jan. 25 Pro Bowl, meaning he is two New England playoff wins from replacing the Pats' Stephen Gostkowski and joining five of his teammates on a trip to Glendale, Ariz.
SPORTS
October 29, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mychal Kendricks didn't look much like the dominant inside linebacker who began the season for the Eagles, and afterward, Kendricks acknowledged the calf muscle he strained in Week 2 against the Colts is not fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent, no," Kendricks said after playing mainly in dime packages against the Arizona Cardinals, in a 24-20 Eagles loss. He declined any further analysis, on the grounds that "I tried to diagnose myself the first time, I said 'spasm' . . . I don't want to lead people the wrong way. " Though the Eagles never said so, it seems pretty obvious Kendricks suffered a Grade II calf strain in Indianapolis, something that usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to come back from.
SPORTS
August 27, 2013 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
JACKSONVILLE - I went back to the Marriott Sawgrass Hotel this past weekend for two reasons. They had a really cheap rate, for a resort hotel (hey, Florida in August, they should pay you to go there), and because this was the team hotel for Super Bowl XXXIX. The Eagles allowed a small group of beat writers to stay with them, chronicling the week that ended up being the high-water mark of the Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb era. If I was looking for ghosts from February 2005, I didn't find any. The hotel is in the process of a big renovation (another reason for the rate)
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
AMANDA KESSEL scored the winner early in the third period and the United States beat Canada, 3-2, in the gold-medal game of the women's world hockey championship on Tuesday in Ottawa. The sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel moved in on a two-on-one and roofed a shot over goalie Shannon Szabados at 3:09 of the third. Brianna Decker and Megan Bozek had the other goals for the U.S. team, which got two assists from Kendall Coyne . Courtney Birchard and Caroline Ouellette scored for Canada.
SPORTS
April 6, 2013
Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday in Charleston, S.C., to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009. Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova , 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday's 71/2-hour rain delay. Venus also had double duty, rallying past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets before ousting 18-year-old Madison Keys later on Billie Jean King Court.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013
The San Francisco 49ers said Wednesday they have released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers after two seasons filled with record-setting highs and crushing lows. In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 extra points. In 2011, he set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. And last season, he tied the league mark for the longest field goal, scoring from 63 yards in the opener at Green Bay. But Akers, the Eagles' placekicker from 1999 to 2010, made just 29 of 44 attempts last season.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SIX-TIME Pro Bowl kicker David Akers was released by the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows. General manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement, calling the kicker a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. " Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons. He connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 extra points.
SPORTS
February 1, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NEW ORLEANS - The last Super Bowl that David Akers played in, his evening ended in desperation, Akers blooping an onside kick that was easily recovered by the Patriots' Christian Fauria late on a breezy night in Jacksonville, after the Eagles took way too long to score a crucial touchdown. Akers, one of five San Francisco 49ers who has played in a Super Bowl, professes not to remember much of that. He certainly doesn't want to chew it over. Asked about that game ending in controversy, he smiles.
SPORTS
January 31, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - David Akers once set an NFL record for consecutive field goals made in the postseason. But the 49ers kicker's troubles in the playoffs over the last several years, compounded by his inefficiency this season, have placed the spotlight directly on the onetime Eagle as he prepares to play in his second Super Bowl. Akers' struggles this season have been well-documented. He has missed 15 of his last 38 field-goal attempts dating from Week 3, and clanked a routine 38-yarder off the left upright in the NFC championship game.
SPORTS
January 26, 2013 | By Cam Inman, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Coach Jim Harbaugh isn't the only one endorsing David Akers as the 49ers' kicker for Super Bowl XLVII, even if Harbaugh's vote counts most. All three kickers from the 49ers' five Super Bowl-winning teams are pledging support, too, for the former Eagle. "No way they should make a change. Dave's a great kicker," Ray Wersching said earlier this week by phone from his San Carlos home. "If I had an opportunity to talk to him, I'd tell him he's not just good but great.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|