After 12-plus seasons in the NFL, kicker Stephen Hauschka is officially retiring from football.
Hauschka, who played for the Seahawks for six seasons from 2011 to 2016, took to his Instagram in a heartfelt post to share news on Friday that he is hanging up his NFL cleats for good.
In the post, the 35-year-old reflected on his journey from transitioning from a soccer player to an NFL placekicker. He also thanked the coaches, teammates, sports psychologist, fans and more for supporting him during his career.
"This journey as a player in the NFL is tough and it doesn't always go the way you want," Hauschka wrote. "I have some regrets, some what if's and if only's. I learned from those moments and they kept me coming back better and more resilient.
"It's time now though to focus my energy on my family and hopefully making the world a better place for my sons. It's been an unexpected and incredible ride the last 12+ years in the NFL and I will miss so much of it, but wouldn't change any of my experiences for the world...
Hauschka earned the nickname “Hausch Money,” for his consistency, especially in the playoffs. He made 24-out-of-25 field goal attempts in 13 career playoff games and had a perfect 10-for-10 during the Seahawks consecutive runs to the Super Bowl in 2013 and 2014. In the bone-chilling 2015 Wild Card game vs. the Minnesota Vikings, he nailed a memorable 46-yard field goal to give Seattle the victory.
In six seasons in Seattle, Hauschka set a franchise record with 175 field goals made. He also held a team record by scoring in 94-consecutive games and by making at least one field goal in 19 straight games.
The Seahawks parted ways with their longtime kicker in free agency, signing Blair Walsh. He went onto play three seasons in Buffalo, where he made 73-of-89 field goal attempts. Hauschka appeared in one game for the Jaguars in 2020 but was released by Jacksonville after he went 0-for-2 on his field goal attempts vs. the Houston Texans.
After 13 years, Hauschka will finish his career with a field goal percentage of 85.2, an extra-point percentage of 95.7, a career-long make of 58 yards and 1,149 total points scored. The Seahawks-Bills fan-favorite will certainly be missed on the football field.
The Seahawks congratulated Hauschka on his retirement Friday.