Ove Johansson in 2006
|Born:||March 31, 1948|
|NFL Draft:||1977 / Round: 12 / Pick: 316|
|Career history |
|Career highlights and awards |
- Longest field goal on record, 69 yards, 1976
|Career NFL statistics|
Ove Claes Johansson (born March 31, 1948) is a former placekicker and the current holder of the record for the longest ever kicked during an American football game, at 69 yards (63 m), for Abilene Christian University in their October 16, 1976 victory over East Texas State. Johansson is the oldest player to be drafted in the , being 28 years, 281 days old when he was selected in the 12th round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.
Johansson was a junior at Abilene Christian University after being an all American soccer player at national power Davis and Elkins College, and performed this kick during ACU's 1976 homecoming game against East Texas State University at Shotwell Stadium, in Abilene, Texas. This record kick is longer than any other field goal kicked in organized football, one yard longer than the current record set by Dirk Borgognone in 1985, 2 yards longer than the NCAA record (Abilene Christian was playing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the time), and 5 yards longer than the current record of 64 yards set by Matt Prater in the Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans game of December 8, 2013.