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Elam to retire a Bronco

Jason Elam, left, and Brooks Baehr, right Jason Elam, left, and Brooks Baehr, right
Elam celebrates record kick during UH days Elam celebrates record kick during UH days
Jason Elam, #1, in Denver Bronco uniform Jason Elam, #1, in Denver Bronco uniform
Elam's shoe in NFL Hall of Fame Elam's shoe in NFL Hall of Fame

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

DENVER (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Jason Elam, who holds the University of Hawaii record for most points scored, longest field goal, and is a member of the U.H. Circle of Honor, is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons.

Elam signed a one day contract with the Denver Broncos Tuesday so he could retire in the orange and blue Wednesday.

Elam played 15 seasons for the Broncos from 1993 to 2007. He shares the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. He tied Tom Dempsey's mark when he made a 63-yarder on Oct, 28, 1998.

In 2008, Elam signed with the Atlanta Falcons.  He helped to stabilize their field goal kicking.  He made 29 of 31 field attempts in 2008 and was a major factor in the Falcons 11-5 season and trip to the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Last season, Elam developed a hitch in his kicking swing and struggled mightily. He made 12 of 19 field goals before being released on Dec. 1.

After playing for Hawaii in college, Elam played in a franchise-record 236 games for the Broncos.

Elam's 56 yard field goal against BYU in 1992 is the longest in school history.

 

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