Report: Raiders' Janikowski roots against A's every year

Report: Raiders' Janikowski roots against A's every year
September 12, 2013, 11:45 am
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Sebastian Janikowski reportedly doesn't want the A's to reach the playoffs so he can kick off grass. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Sebastian Janikowski has spent his entire 14-year NFL career in Oakland, plenty of time to develop an affinity for the local baseball team -- the Oakland A's.

But years of sharing the Oakland Coliseum have led the Raiders kicker to an altogether different emotion. Janikowski roots against the A's every year, hoping that they miss the postseason, according to a report from The Florida Times Union.

The report focuses on Josh Scobee, the Jaguars place kicker who is practicing kicking off dirt in preparation for the Coliseum's two-toned field. Scobee revealed that Janikowski recently told him he roots against the A's every year so that the Coliseum infield dirt is sodded sooner.

Janikowski, 35, has made 325 of 404 field goals in his career for an 80.4 percent success rate. But he has experienced more success away from Oakland; Janikowski is good 81.5 percent of the time away from Oakland, while his success rate in the Coliseum drops to 79.4.

The Raiders maintained Janikowski's title as the richest kicker in the league when they offered him a four-year contract extension in August.

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