September 23, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs place kicker Ryan Succop (6) celebrates after kicking a field goal during the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Chiefs defeated the Saints 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop was chosen as the last pick in the 2009 NFL Draft earning him the title of “Mr. Irrelevant”. However he was extremely relevant in being the cause of getting the Chiefs their first win of the season against the New Orleans Saints.
In the 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints, Succop accounted for the majority of the Chiefs points with five field goals. The others came from a 91 yard touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles and a safety against Saints quarterback Drew Brees by linebacker Justin Houston.
He would nail a sixth field goal in overtime to complete an amazing comeback where the Chiefs were trailing at one point in the late in the third quarter by a score of 24-6. This wasn’t the only time Succop has pulled this feat.
On November 22, 2009 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Succop kicked a 22 yard field goal that was also in overtime to win the game with an ironic final score being 27-24.
Succop has been so reliable that he was given a 5-year $14 million contract extension at the end of this last season. This shows just how much the Chiefs feel about their own “Mr. Irrelevant”.