Only one kicker from each conference makes the Pro Bowl each year, but why can’t it be Mike Badgley this year?
The Chargers had a parade of kickers line up and attempt to put the ball through the uprights over the course of the last couple of seasons, and of all people to finally show he could do it on a consistent basis, was Badgley.
Not the veteran who had multiple stints with the team in Nick Novak or the guy the team signed early in free agency last year in Caleb Sturgis, but an undrafted rookie who was cut before the start of the regular season by the Indianapolis Colts.
Chargers fans spent much of the season being way too excited about a kicker after Badgley was signed in October, but for a franchise that watched one too many kickers fail to do their job, it was like the “Money Badger” was sent from heaven.
That excitement grew as he missed just one of his 16 field goal attempts and set four new franchise records in the process, including best single-season field goal percentage at 93.8 percent and the longest field goal in team history of 59 yards.
That helped earn him the No. 16 spot on our countdown of the top Chargers players from last season.
The Chargers haven’t had a kicker make the Pro Bowl since Nate Kaeding in 2009.