Mason Crosby, Georgetown high school graduate, and Green Bay Packers kicker is one of the NFL players who has been on the scene for more than a decade. He got his football start at Benold Middle School and graduated from Georgetown High School in 2003 before accepting a full scholarship offer to kick for the University of Colorado while studying for a degree in Communications.
During his time playing for the Colorado Buffaloes football team, Mason became the team’s star kicker, thanks to his exceptional leg strength most notably displayed in 2004 against Iowa State resulting in a school record a 60-yard field goal. He was known for scoring in the final moments of the game, showing an amazing clutch ability. He also served as a kickoff specialist for the Buffaloes, endearing himself to fans due to his knack for forcing touchbacks after touchdowns.
At the end of his college football career, Mason Crosby set a total of 31 school records. He is the school’s leading scorer with 308 career points. He also earned the first-team All-Big 12 selection for three consecutive years (2005-2006) and was named to The Sporting News All-Decade team for the first nine years of the 2000s. In addition, Mason was also recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American honor as a junior.
During his senior year, he was picked as a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He also emerged as the first player in the history of Big 12 Conference to be named the player of the week eight times.
Mason Crosby NFL Career
Born and named Mason Walker Crosby on September 3, 1984, the placekicker was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft with the 193rd overall pick in the sixth round. He was the third overall placekicker to be selected in that year’s draft.
In a battle for the starting placekicker job with then incumbent, Dave Rayner, during the team’s first pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Crosby won the job with a 52-yard field goal which became the longest field goal in the history of Heinz Field stadium.
Mason Crosby made his NFL debut against the Philadelphia Eagles and brought his clutch reputation to play when he converted a 53-yarder and a 42-yard kick with two seconds left on the clock to lead the Packers to victory against the visiting team. With this kick, he became the first rookie to score a game-winner on opening weekend since 1979. He also became the first player in the history of the league to kick a 50-yard field goal and a game-winning field goal with less than one minute remaining in his NFL debut.
This feat made him the first rookie kicker to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on opening weekend. He went further to lead the 2007 NFL season with 130 points, becoming the second rookie to score most points in a season. He also came first in the NFC with his 24 field goals. At the end of his rookie season, Mason Crosby became the kicker with the highest score in a season in franchise history and third-highest season point total by any Packers player.
Mason has not slowed down in his performance since 2007. He has continued to exhibit strong plays, breaking old records, setting new ones and earning countless professional awards. He has become one of Packers’ most valuable players and as a result, the team re-signed him to a 5-year contract on July 27, 2011, and subsequently, a four-year contract extension on March 1, 2016.
As of 2017, the kicker has played in 176 regular season games, scoring 277 field goals from 345 field goal attempts.
Crosby who is a proud Christian attributes his achievements in life to God. According to him, his relationship with Christ is what carries him and knowing that God cares for him all the time regardless of any outcome keeps him going.
His Salary & Net Worth
Getting into the NFL is a sure way to having a life of luxury. Mason Crosby has been able to afford a comfortable life for himself and his loved ones due to the lucrative contracts he has signed with the Packers on different occasions.
The Packers all-time leading scorer signed a 4-year contract worth $16.1 million with the team on March 1, 2016. The deal which gives him an average annual salary of $4.25 million came with a $5 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed.
In 2018, Mason Crosby will cart home a base salary of $3.150 million, a roster bonus of $700,000 and a workout bonus of $150,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5.250 million and a dead cap value of $6.3 million. This brings his estimated net worth to about $9 million.
Relationship – Wife and Family
Mason Crosby was born on September 3, 1984, in Lubbock, Texas, to Jim and Karen Crosby. Both of his parents grew up in Dallas and his father played football as a running back for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Miners and graduated from Texas Tech. The footballer has two siblings- Ashley Fraser (sister) and Reed Crosby (brother).
The Crosby family has lived in Georgetown area since 2000 and there, Mason’s mother runs a nonprofit organization named The Locker, which allows students to help meet the basic needs of fellow students by providing items such as hygiene products and school supplies.
Mason Crosby is married to Molly Crosby (born Molly Christine Ackerman). The couple tied the knot on 28th June 2008.
Molly was born on 6th of October, 1984 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She was birthed by a very young girl who found it difficult to fend for her and as a result, gave her up for adoption when she was only nine months. Molly was later adopted by and raised by Lillian Cheryl and Charles Dan Ackerman.
She attended Glenwood High School and later got admitted into the University of Colorado where she met her now husband. While in college, she was part of the cheerleaders while Mason was a football star.
Almost two years after their marriage, the duo welcomed their first addition to the family, a son, Nolan James, born in August 2010. Their second child, Charlotte, arrived in May 2013 while their third child (second daughter) was born in 2015.