For Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, extra points aren't the only thing entering the 30s this year.
Earlier this offseason, NFL owners approved a rule change that would move extra points back so it becomes a 33-yard attempt instead of a 20-yard chip shot, and now Hauschka, like the extra point, is transitioning out of his 20s with his 30th birthday occurring today.
While the veteran kicker said he doesn't love the rule change—even kickers realize fans don't necessarily want them to have a bigger influence on the game—Hauschka says he's willing to adjust.
"I'm up for the challenge," Hauschka told the Furness Show on 950 KJR. "As a veteran kicker, I've seen a lot of different changes… It's our job to adjust. It's going to be interesting though to see what happens."
And if Hauschka's 30s treat him as well as kicks in the 30-39-yard range have during his career, he should be in for a good decade. Hauschka, who signed with Seattle in 2010 not long after he beat the Seahawks with a 51-yard field goal in a preseason game with the Broncos, has made 46 of 49 attempts between 30 and 39 yards, and is 29 for 29 from that distance over the past three seasons.
So happy birthday, Steven Hauschka, and here's hoping 30-years-old is as easy as a 30-yard kick.
Happy 30th brithday to Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka!