The 49ers have released placekicker David Akers, the team announced Wednesday.
After an unbelievable 2011-2012 season when he set an NFL record with 44 made field goals, Akers was simply not been the same kicker last season, making just 69 percent of his kicks.
In January, it was revealed that he had undergone double sports hernia surgery in the previous offseason, which could have affected him.
“I feel when I miss kicks I let the team, organization, and the fans down,” he lamented at the time. “I take it personal.”
Akers shares the record for the longest field goal in NFL history, a 63-yarder that he kicked in Week 1 last season. Little did we know that it would be one of his only bright moments of the year.