Steve Christie made his NFL debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990. Raised in Oakville, Christie made all 27 extra point attempts and 23 of 27 field goal tries in his rookie season. He would end up playing two years in Tampa.
From 1992 to 2000, Christie kicked for the Buffalo Bills. He would become one of the game’s top kickers. He was a key contributor in the Bills comeback win against the Houston Oilers during the third quarter in a playoff game after the 1992 season. Christie completed a successful onside kick, which he recovered himself (becoming the first placekicker ever to do so in an NFL playoff game), and also kicked the game winning 32-yard field goal in overtime. He then went on to kick five field goals in the Bills 29-10 win over the Miami Dolphins in the AFC championship game, helping Buffalo achieve their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
In 1993, Christie set a Bills record by kicking a 59-yard field goal in a regular season game. It was only four yards short of the all-time NFL record. In Christie set a record a the Super Bowl XXVIII by kicking a 54-yard field goal. It is currently the longest field goal ever made in Super Bowl history. In the 2000 season, Christie was an instrumental part of the Bills’ eight victories and has nine field goals in overtime to his credit, an NFL record he shares with Jason Elam and Jim Breech.
From 2001 to 2003 he played for the San Diego Chargers and spent most of the 2004 NFL season with the New York Giants. In his 15 NFL seasons, Christie converted 336 of 431 (77% success) field goals and 468 of 473 (98%) extra points, giving him a total of 1,476 points. Christie concluded his career with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007.