Greg Zuerlein can be described as a veteran in the game of American football. This NFL star plays as a kicker for the Los Angeles Rams who joined the team many years ago. Before beginning his NFL career in 2012, he was educated at the University of Nebraska (Omaha) and Missouri Western State University. He was drafted by the Rams in 2012 and has remained with the franchise ever since. For the 2017 season, Zuerlein earned the first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors of his professional career. The NFL star helped his team reach Super Bowl LIII in 2019, another career first.
Greg Zuerlein Bio (Nicknames)
Greg Zuerlein was born in 1989 on the 27th day of December. He is best known to teammates and fans by the nicknames “Greg the Leg” or “Legatron”. He was born in Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska. Greg attended Lincoln Pius X High School where he wrote football and football. Among other notable achievements in his high school football career, this talented player earned Nebraska All-State and All-Class honors in both his junior and senior years.
Zuerlein had the first 3 seasons of his college career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There, the talented player set a school record 61 consecutive points after touchdown (PAT), converting 19 of 26 field goal attempts. However, he missed the 2010 season due to a hip injury. The University of Nebraska Omaha football program was shut down in 2011 and as a result Greg Zuerlein transferred to Missouri Western State University for his final season of college football.
With the Missouri Western Griffons football team, he set an NCAA Division II record with 21 consecutive field goals, including nine for under 50 yards and two for 58 yards. He also posted an NCAA record field goal percentage of .952 converting 23 of 24 attempts, the highest among players with 12 or more attempts.
Greg Zuerlein was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. His professional career started on a high note as he broke records and created several league and franchise records in his rookie season. He shattered Jeff Wilkins’ 14-year record for the longest run in Rams franchise history when he scored 60 yards in a Week 4 game against the New York Seahawks. Seattle. At the same time, he scored a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal, becoming the first player to record this feat in the NFL. On Day 13 of the Rams against the San Francisco 49ers, Zuerlein scored 54 yards in overtime,
Zuerlein has maintained a fairly steady run in the game over the years, having a major career breakthrough in 2017. He set a franchise record for most field goals (7) in a game when the Rams faced the Dallas Cowboys on October 1, 2017. Despite missing the final two games of the 2017 season with a back injury, he went on to lead the NFL in scoring with 158 points and 11.3 points per game. That impressive run of the 2017 season earned him his first Pro Bowl selection, as well as 2017 All-Pro honors.
The 2018 season was once again spectacular in Greg Zuerlein’s long NFL career. Among other highlights of the season, the veteran player was instrumental in the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the New Orleans Saints in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. out of stoppage time to extend the game, Zuerlein netted a game-winning 57-yard field goal in added minutes that ultimately earned his team a well-deserved berth in Super Bowl LIII.
In 2017, Greg Zuerlein signed a 3-year contract extension with the Los Angles Rams. The transaction is valued at $6,750,000 with an average annual salary of $2,250,000. His base salary for 2019 is set at $2,325,000, and with a signing bonus of $250,000, the NFL star is expected to bring in a total of $2,575,000.
Greg Zuerlein is currently married to his high school sweetheart Megan (née Kreifels). They got married on April 27, 2013 and have 4 children together. Their children include 2 daughters; Emma, born in 2014 and Morgan, born on June 14, 2015. Their first son, Greg Jr. was born in August 2016 and their second son, Samuel Gene, was born on November 12, 2018.
After graduating from Pius X High School, MeganElle attended Hastings College in Nebraska, and just like her famous husband, she was a college sports star. She was a goalkeeper for the Hastings College women’s football team. Megan Zuerlein then studied nursing at Creighton University.
Greg Zuerlein stands an impressive 6 feet (183cm) above the ground. The NFL veteran also maintains his physique with a weight of 87 kg. Interestingly, the nicknames ‘Greg the Leg’ and ‘Legatron’ have been given to him due to his incredible leg power and ability to convert goals from long range.