Evan McPherson was the hero for the Cincinnati Bengals, sending them to their first AFC Conference game in a generation – but is he a rookie?
The Cincinnati Bengals have never gone this far in the NFL Playoffs before. Ronald Reagan was finishing his term as president, and the Seoul Olympics were taking place. The Washington Redskins won their second Super Bowl in 1988, under coach Joe Gibbs’s tenure (1981-1988).
The Cincinnati Bengals used a late field goal by kicker Evan McPherson to defeat the Tennessee Titans, 19-16, in their Divisional Playoff. Is Evan McPherson a rookie for the Bengals? What school did he attend and where was he drafted?
Evan McPherson Rookie
McCarron is a first-year player, but he doesn’t let that stop him from making a spectacular 52-yard field goal for the Bengals. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2021 draft, which is somewhat unusual for a kicker.
McPherson was the first kicker selected in this draft. He signed a four-year contract with the Bengals and quickly established himself as the team’s starting kicker in his rookie year. In his NFL debut, he booted a 33-yard field goal to win in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings.
McPherson made 28 of 33 field goals during his initial professional season, including every one from 39 yards or less.
Where Did He Go To High School And College?
McPherson is from Fort Payne, Alabama, and was born in July 1999. He decided to attend college in Florida after excelling for his high school team and making the All-State squad in 2017.
During his one year at Alabama, he made 51 of 60 field goals, setting the conference’s single-season record in terms of percentage. He departed after his junior season to pursue an NFL career with the Bengals, who selected him seventh overall.