Justin Tucker is . . . the most interesting man in the NFL

He doesn't always kick 61-yard, game-winning field goals, but when he does, he becomes the talk of the NFL — and he's a kicker for goodness sake.

Thumbs up, indeed — for Justin Tucker, the Ravens, and his 'fantasy owners around the world.'

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Things were already pretty wild for Texas Longhorns football Monday by the time the Ravens and Lions kicked off. Then Justin Tucker happened.

And by the time he was done, all the second-year kicker and pride of the Longhorns had done in the Ravens' 18-16, potentially season-saving, victory in Detroit was:

• Kicked the second-longest field goal in Monday night history (a 61-yarder with 38 seconds to play)

• Became the first kicker in NFL history to . . . let's call it kick for the cycle:

Stole the show in a game that featured Calvin Johnson, Ray Rice, Joe Flacco and Matthew Stafford, among others

• Moved the Ravens into the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC for now

• Redefined "good night in fantasy" for a kicker — for fans, current players, and even Tucker himself

But before we get to the fun stuff, let's put some historical perspective on Tucker's night, his current run of excellence and . . . oh, that 61-yarder:

My fantasy team is benefiting from it, as well, so I’m happy about that. Fantasy owners around the world, I hope you guys appreciate the points, as well.

— Ravens kicker Justin Tucker after his performance that shook the kicking world to its core

• The six field goals set a Ravens team record (and accounted for all of his team's points)

• His 33 straight successful field goal conversions (dating back to Week 2) is the longest current streak in the NFL

• His 61-yarder tied for the longest field goal made indoors in NFL history

• It was also the longest field goal in Ravens history

• And it was the third-longest go-ahead field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in league history

Hell, considering all of the recent turmoil surrounding Longhorns football, if Tucker expressed interest in replacing Mack Brown, we wouldn't be surprised if he got the job. After all, who's his biggest competition?

But enough of the stats and Cansecohorns. When it comes to Tucker and Texas football, what went down in Detroit was actually one of the more boring three hours of the season. After all, Tucker is the guy who does this:

And as a rookie had cornhole power rankings in the locker room, even saying this about then-reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs:

 

"Undoubtedly the worst Cornholer in the building. Displays horrible fundamentals. Sloppy delivery only leads to problems. Simon Cowell of American Idol and X-Factor has said of Sizzle's technique: 'Appalling with a capital 'A.' Positively dreadful.'"

 

Even Ray Lewis said this about the guy barely a month into his career: "He just fits our mold. He’s so laid back, so confident and he’s just having fun. That’s one thing he does very well."

After Monday night's career-maker, guess who got a shout-out.

A) His mom

B) His teammates

C) His leg

D) His fantasy owners

You were expecting a different answer?

Speaking of fantasy, Tucker is a big fantasy nut, even playing — and owning — himself. After the game, he told the media:

 

"I’ve been getting hit up actually quite a bit on the Twittersphere leading up to the game for a couple days — people in their fantasy playoff matchups. I’m glad to come through, of course, for my team here; my reality team. But also for all my fantasy owners, a big thank you for picking me up. It means a lot to me, and hopefully I can contribute to the successes of your respective teams."

 

As for fans and media alike, they're sold:

As for his teammates, maybe not so much:

Ultimately, regardless of fantasy rosters or team affiliation, safe to say Tucker will never be viewed in the same light again, and that's a good thing for him (unless we're talking about Lions or Steelers fans):

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