Sports Writing, Nov 18 (EFE).- Kicker Andy Lee will become next Monday the only player in the san francisco 49ers and the arizona cardinals that 17 years later will play again at the Azteca Stadium in the second duel between these teams in Mexico City.
These contenders will meet in a game corresponding to week 11 of the 2022 NFL season.
The 49ers and the Cardinals were the first to play an NFL regular season game at the Azteca Stadium in 2005, in that duel Andy Lee, who today plays for the Arizona Cardinals, was 23 years old and was completing his second season with San Francisco.
In the game on October 5, 17 years ago, in which Arizona beat the Gambusinos 31-14, the kicker made seven punts for the 49ers with an accumulated 327 yards and an average of 46.7 in each action.
During his time in San Francisco, the native of Westminster, South Carolina, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection; he was on the Californian team from 2004 to 2014. In 2015 he signed with the cleveland brownsa year later he passed to the Carolina Panthers.
Since the 2017 season, he has played for the Arizona Cardinals, a team with which he has played 89 games in seven years.
Lee is 40 years old and at the end of last season, after 18 years in the NFL, he thought it was time to retire, something he regretted thanks to the support of his family.
“My wife told me: As long as you can continue doing it, I think it would be a disservice not to continue playing, since then I thought it is an honor to be able to play this sport for so long and take advantage of the fact that God blessed me with these talents,” Lee explained a few months ago. .
The kicker also acknowledged that the 2022 season may be the last of his 19-year career.
“It means that I am officially old, but it also means a lot because I showed my children what you can achieve if you work hard and do what you set your mind to,” he confessed after turning 40 on August 11.
Since the kicker joined Arizona in 2017, his average per punt is a league-high 47.6 yards, which is also the highest in Cardinals history.
In 2021 he had one of his best campaigns; he averaged 49 yards on the 51 punts he made.
Next Monday when his team, the Cardinals, and the 49ers meet for the second time at Estadio Azteca, Lee will become the only player to have played those two games, with one addition; he having worn the jersey of both contenders.
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Andy Lee, the only one who 17 years later will repeat in 49ers-Cardinals del Azteca