Britton Colquitt

Britton Douglas Colquitt (born March 20, 1985) is an American football punter for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in December 2009; he was with the Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers in 2016. He played college football at Tennessee.

Britton Colquitt
Colquitt with the Denver Broncos in 2010
No. 2 – Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Bearden (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • First-team All-SEC (2006)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2019
Punt yards:34,544
Punt average:45.5
Inside 20:242
Longest punt:79
Player stats at

Britton is the son of former NFL punter Craig Colquitt, younger brother of Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, and nephew of former NFL punter Jimmy Colquitt.[1][2] His distant cousin, Greg Colquitt, a walk-on, punted at Clemson for one season. [3]

Early years

Colquitt played football, basketball and soccer at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.[4]

College career

Colquitt played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, where he majored in political science.[5] During the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons, he was the Volunteers first team punter.[5] He earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and second-team All-SEC honors in 2007.[5]

While at the University of Tennessee, Colquitt had a well-publicized saga with alcohol problems. He was first suspended from the University of Tennessee football team in March 2004 after three alcohol-related arrests,[6] despite having only arrived on campus in 2003. In his junior season, he was suspended for the first five games of the season and had his scholarship stripped after being arrested on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.[7]

Professional career

Miami Dolphins

Colquitt was signed to the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins on December 22, 2009.[8]

Denver Broncos

Colquitt was signed to the Denver Broncos' active roster from the Miami Dolphins' practice squad on December 30, 2009.[9]

On September 12, 2010, in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Colquitt made his NFL debut and had four punts for 172 net yards (43.00 average).[10]

In the 2011 season, Colquitt accumulated 4,783 yards, enough for fifth all time for single-season punting yards in a season.[11][12]

On April 23, 2013, Colquitt signed his restricted free agent tender. On August 11, 2013, he signed a three-year extension worth $11.6 million on top of his one-year tender.[13] The Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, which they lost to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 43–8. In the loss, he had two punts for 60 net yards.[14]

Colquitt agreed to a $1.4 million pay cut on August 3, 2015.[13]

On February 7, 2016, Colquitt was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10, giving Colquitt his first Super Bowl victory.[15]

On August 30, 2016, Colquitt was released by the Broncos due to not accepting a pay cut.[16]

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Colquitt held at least 11 Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Punts: playoffs (48), playoff season (23 in 2015), playoff game (9 on 2016-01-24 NWE)
  • Punt Yards: season (4,783 in 2011), playoffs (2,104), playoff season (1,072 in 2015), playoff game (423 on 2016-01-24 NWE)
  • Yards / Punt: career (45.17), season (47.36 in 2011), game (55.83 on 2011-09-18 CIN), playoff season (48.8 in 2012)

Cleveland Browns

On September 3, 2016, Colquitt signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $1.7 million.[17]

On February 28, 2017, Colquitt signed a four-year contract extension with the Browns.[18]

On August 31, 2019, Colquitt was released by the Browns.[19]

Minnesota Vikings

On September 1, 2019, Colquitt was signed by the Minnesota Vikings.[20]

Career statistics

Regular season
Denotes Super Bowl–winning season
Led the league
General Punting
Season Team GP Punts Yards Y/P Net Long Blck
2010 Denver 16863,83544.636.6630
2011 Denver 161014,78347.440.2660
2012 Denver 16673,09946.342.1670
2013 Denver 16652,89344.538.8601
2014 Denver 16693,04844.237.6650
2015 Denver 16843,66343.639.7620
2016 Cleveland 16833,76145.340.3650
2017 Cleveland 16803,81147.640.6671
2018 Cleveland 16833,76745.438.2792
Career 14471832,66645.539.6794

Personal life

Several of Colquitt's family members have punted in the NFL. His father, Craig, won two Super Bowl rings playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His older brother, Dustin, is the current punter for the Kansas City Chiefs. His uncle, Jimmy, punted at Tennessee (1981–1984); his 43.9 punting average ranks first in school history. Jimmy played in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks in 1985.[21]


  1. "The Punting Colquitt Brothers Are Keeping Alive a Family Pedigree in the N.F.L.," The Associated Press, Saturday, November 13, 2010.
  2. "A Family of Punters Demonstrates the Heredity of Hang Time" New York Times, January 31, 2014.
  3. Clemson.
  4. Longman, Jeré (2014). "A Family of Punters Demonstrates the Heredity of Hang Time". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  5. "Football: 47 Britton Colquitt". CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  6. "Colquitt looks to follow in brother's footsteps". Go Vols Xtra. April 1, 2005. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  7. "Colquitt suspended for 5 games and loses scholarship after DUI charge". Go Vols Xtra. February 17, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. Lindsay Jones (December 30, 2009), "Broncos sign P Colquitt", All Things Broncos Blog, Denver Post, retrieved March 1, 2010
  10. "Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars - September 12th, 2010". Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  11. "NFL Punting Yards Single-Season Leaders". Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  12. "Britton Colquitt 2011 Game Log". Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  13. "Britton Colquitt".
  14. "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  15. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  16. Mason, Andrew. "Broncos release Britton Colquitt, make three other moves to get down to 75". Archived from the original on August 31, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  17. Shook, Nick (September 3, 2016). "Browns sign Britton Colquitt to one-year deal". Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  18. "Browns and P Britton Colquitt agree on contract". February 28, 2017. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  19. "Browns cut roster to 53 players". August 31, 2019.
  20. "Vikings sign veteran punter Britton Colquitt, release Matt Wile". September 1, 2019.
  21. "Jimmy Colquitt Stats". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
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