Jeff Wilkins | YSU Athletics Hall of Fame
- Football (1990-93)
- Inducted 2003
The most prolific kicker and scorer in Youngstown State football history, Jeff Wilkins, is now one of the top place kicker s in the National Football League.
As part of two national championships (1991 and 1993), and a runner-up in 1992, Wilkins plastered his name all over the school's record books.
He scored 373 points to set the school mark for points to set the school mark for points by kicking and total points by a Penguin. He had 90 field-goal attempts, made 66 of them, while also converting173 extra point kicks on 177 attempts, all school marks. At YSU, he is third with a 67.3 field-goal percentage.
Wilkins scored 104 points in 1992 to set a school single-season mark for kickers and rank tied for fifth on the school single-year scoring totals. He made 53 extra-points in 1992 and 1993 and both of those years ranked second in school history for extra points made in a season. In 1990 and 1992, he made 17 field goals ranking second in school history.
He also holds schools records for points in a game by a kicker (15), field goals in a game (five) against Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 11, 1993) and Southwest Texas State (Sept.19, 1992) and consecutive extra points made with 46 between the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In 1992, he kicked a 54-yard field goal against Northern Iowa, which was then a school best. One of the biggest kicks in his career came in the first-round of the 1991 playoffs. Wilkins converted a 33-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in YSU's 17-16 victory over Villanova. From there, the Penguins went on to win their final three games and earn the school's first-ever national title.
A 14-year veteran of the league during his career, 11 of the 14 came with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams were the third team Wilkins has kicked for since he joined the league in 1994. Prior to joining the Rams he was a kicker for San Francisco and Philadelphia.
He played a tremendous part in the Rams' success as a Super Bowl winner in 2000 and playoff appearances in 2000-2004. Also, Wilkins was voted to the 2003 Pro Bowl as a member of the NFC team.
While helping the Rams make the postseason five consecutive seasons (2000-2004), his biggest feat was in 1999 when he helped land St. Louis its first Super Bowl. In the 23-16 win over Tennessee in the Super Bowl, he kicked three first-half field goals.
In his 14-year NFL career, he played in 200 games making 307-375 field goals, an 81.9 percentage. He made 495-498 extra points helping him score 1,416 career points.
Wilkins had his most impressive season in 2003 when he scored a career best 163 points. He made 39-42 field goals for the Rams.
Before joining the Penguins in 1990, Wilkins was an all-state kicker for Austintown Fitch High School. In 2001, he was honored as one of the Penguin Club's Penguins of the Year.
Jeff and his Wife Tina, live in St. Louis with their daughter Brittney.