When the month of December started with many NFL teams fighting their way into the postseason, no one would have guessed free agent kicker Josh Brown was going to be an integral part helping one not only get into the playoffs, but make franchise history.
In 2008, Brown signed with the St. Louis Rams who made him the NFL’s highest paid kicker at the time. His 81% field goal percentage made him one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, but after the team drafted Greg Zuerlein this offseason, Brown was cut in favor of the much cheaper rookie. After spending training camp with the New York Jets, he was cut and left out of work for much of the 2012 NFL season.
That is until the Cincinnati Bengals came calling when Mike Nugent went down with what eventually became a season-ending calf injury. Brown came in and played as if he’d never skipped a beat, hitting 11/12 field goals, and made the field goal that clinched a second-consecutive playoff berth for the Bengals, the first time that’s happened in franchise history.
For his efforts, Brown was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. His award also gives the Bengals their seventh weekly or monthly AFC awards this season, which sets a single-season record for the most in franchise history. The Bengals will be looking to make more history this Sunday as they haven’t won a postseason game since January 6, 1991. The 22 seasons without a postseason victory is the longest drought in the NFL.