Jaeger was a solid all-around player at Kent-Meridian, playing fullback, tight end and linebacker as...

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Sport: Football.


High-school rewind: Jaeger was a solid all-around player at Kent-Meridian, playing fullback, tight end and linebacker as well as handling all of the punting and kicking duties. But the Royals struggled as a team two of his three seasons, and Jaeger did far more punting than place-kicking (five field goals in three years).


After high school: Determined to play for Washington, Jaeger walked on and eventually became the school’s most proficient kicker, earning a variety of All-America honors. He is the Huskies’ all-time leading scorer with 380 points and made 85 field goals from 1983 to 1986, including four bowl games. His 80 regular-season field goals still rank No. 1 in NCAA history.


Jaeger was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 1987 draft and broke all of the team’s rookie scoring records with 75 points, despite playing in only 10 games. He then played seven seasons for the Los Angeles (later Oakland) Raiders, setting a variety of team records and earning a spot in the 1992 Pro Bowl. Jaeger then went to Chicago in 1996 and finished his career with the Bears in 1999 following a leg injury.


Personal: Jaeger and his wife, Angela, have been married for 14 years and have two daughters: Brook, 12, and Lexi, 11. They live in Sammamish.


Fast forward: Jaeger gets his kicks these days spending time with his family, playing golf and selling real estate with Sammamish Realty.


“It’s a fun business to be in,” he said. “It kind of came natural to me. It’s kind of a people business, and I like that.”


His daughters are into kicking as well — soccer balls, that is — and Jaeger said he enjoys watching them play. He has been a volunteer kicking consultant at Eastlake High School the past two seasons.


“It’s fun to be around it,” Jaeger said. “It takes you back.”


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