Friday Flashback: Mystrom kicks 37 FGs for CFL team in 1995

May 1, 2020
Nick Mystrom football

Nick Mystrom

The state of Alaska has never seen a football player quite like Anchorage’s Nick Mystrom.

A Swiss-Army-Knife-type player at Colorado College, he turned his attention to kicking in 1995 when he signed with the Memphis Mad Dogs of the Canadian Football League.

The Mad Dogs turned to an unknown rookie a few games into the season to replace injured or ineffective kickers. It was a daring move by Memphis, but Mystrom kicked to the curb any concerns about his ability to kick at the pro level.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was named to the CFL All-Rookie Team after converting 37-of-47 field goals and all 18 PATs in 13 games.

He booted a game-winning, 37-yard field goal inside the final minute to lift Memphis to a 22-21 win over Shreveport.

He hit on all six field goals, including a career-best 51-yarder, to lead the Mad Dogs to a 26-7 win over Ottawa.

He kicked four field goals in a 28-19 win over Birmingham.

Memphis finished the season with a 9-9 record, including a 7-6 mark with Mystrom in uniform.

Mystrom, of West High fame, was the first of the four Alaskans who have played in the CFL. He’s the state’s all-time leading scorer in the league with 137 points.

He played at Colorado College from 1989 to 1993, earning snaps at multiple positions from kicker to wide receiver and quarterback. Mystrom remains the school’s all-time scoring leader for season (101) and career (263).

Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.