Dustin Colquitt

Dustin Farr Colquitt (born May 6, 1982) is an American football punter for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He played college football at Tennessee and was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Dustin Colquitt
Colquitt with the Chiefs in 2010
No. 2 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1982-05-06) May 6, 1982
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Bearden (Knoxville, Tennessee)
College:Tennessee
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 3 / Pick: 99
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2019
Punts:1,117
Punting yards:50,070
Average punt:44.8
Net punting average:39.9
Touchbacks:97
Inside 20:454
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

In 2019, he set a Chiefs franchise record for most games played, surpassing former teammate Will Shields.

Early life

Colquitt is from Knoxville, Tennessee, and played football and soccer at Bearden High School in Knoxville.[1]

College career

Colquitt accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and played for coach Phillip Fulmer's Tennessee Volunteers football team from 2001 to 2004.[2] As a junior in 2003, he was recognized as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and a consensus first-team All-American. As a senior in 2004, he again earned first-team All-SEC honors.

Professional career

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Colquitt in the third round (99th pick overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He then signed a three-year contract worth $1.345 million.[3]

During the 2007 NFL season, he set the franchise record for the longest punt with an 81 yard punt.[4] On February 28, 2008, Colquitt was signed to a five-year contract extension worth $8.5 million.[5] Colquitt had career highs during the 2009 NFL season in both punts and punting yards with 96 and 4,361, respectively.[6] His 4,361 punting yards were second to Jim Arnold's 4,397 during the 1984 NFL season.[7] In 2010, he was voted as the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award.

In the 2012 season, he had a punting average of 46.8, the highest he has ever had in a season. From 2005 to 2012, Colquitt had 657 career punts with a 44.7 yard average.[8] Colquitt was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2012. On March 5, 2013, Colquitt signed a five-year contract extension worth $18.75 million, with $8.9 million guaranteed, making him the NFL's highest paid punter.[9]

In 2016, Colquitt was named to his second Pro Bowl after fellow punter Pat McAfee declined to play due to an injury.[10] During the 2017 NFL season, he became the Chiefs all-time leader in both punts and punting yards passing Jerrel Wilson.[11] On March 15, 2018, Colquitt signed a three-year contract extension with the Chiefs.[12] As of the start of the 2019 season, his 15th season with the Chiefs, he is the longest tenured member of the Chiefs. The next closest tenured players are Travis Kelce and Eric Fisher, who will both be in their 7th season with the team in 2019. He is also tied in fourth with Aaron Rodgers for longest tenured players for their current team and is the longest tenured special teams player.

Statistics

Year Team Games Punting
PuntsYardsAvgLongBlocked
2005KC 16652,56439.4620
2006KC 16713,14544.3720
2007KC 16954,32245.5811
2008KC 14703,11044.4730
2009KC 16964,36145.4701
2010KC 16883,90844.4721
2011KC 16894,08445.9680
2012KC 16833,88746.8710
2013KC 16874,00546.0651
2014KC 16713,16444.6690
2015KC 16753,33344.4620
2016KC 16763,42745.1640
2017KC 16652,93645.2770
2018KC 16452,02144.9670
Career2241,07648,26744.9814

Accomplishments

  • Franchise record for longest punt (81 yards, 2007)
  • Franchise record for games played by any position (232)
  • Franchise record for seasons played (15)
  • Franchise record for punting yards (49,665)
  • Franchise record for punts (1,107)
  • 3rd most punts downed inside of the 20 in NFL history (454)

Personal life

Colquitt is married with five children.[13] Colquitt comes from a family with a distinguished lineage of punters, including his father Craig, who won a pair of Super Bowl rings punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1978 to 1984. His younger brother Britton, who currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings, also played for Tennessee, as did his uncle Jimmy.[14]

Colquitt is a Christian. Colquitt has spoken about his faith saying, "I think God put me in this position as a punter and in professional football because … He wants something out of me to be able to share with other people. As a Christian, I think God has given me that platform to say, 'Hey, I've allowed you to do a lot of things and I need you to speak My name. He always finds a way to put His people in situations where they can spread His Word … ."[15]

Colquitt is a co-founder of TeamSmile, an organization that offers free dental care to underserved children.[16] Colquitt was picked to be the Chiefs nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2009 and 2018.[17]

References

  1. Pinchevsky, Tal (November 11, 2014). "The Colquitts, Football's First Family of Fourth Down". Sports. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. "Dustin Colquitt College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. "Dustin Colquitt Contract and Earnings". Spoctrac.com. January 11, 2017.
  4. "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017.
  5. "Dustin Colquitt Contract and Earnings". Spoctrac.com. January 11, 2017.
  6. "Dustin Colquitt". NFL.com. January 11, 2017.
  7. "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017.
  8. "Dustin Colquitt". nfl.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  9. "Dustin Colquitt's Kansas City Chiefs contract worth $18.75M". NFL.com. March 4, 2013.
  10. "Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt treasures Pro Bowl experience". The Kansas City Star. January 11, 2018.
  11. "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017.
  12. Alper, Josh (March 15, 2018). "Dustin Colquitt signs on for three more years in K.C." ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  13. Sweeney, Pete. "Five Things to Know About Dustin Colquitt". Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  14. "Colquitt Brothers Take Their Punting Seriously". The New York Times. November 13, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  15. Ellis, Christian (February 1, 2019). "'I Want Them to See the Power of God': These 3 Christians Are up for NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award". CBN. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  16. McMullen, Matt (October 24, 2018). "Dustin Colquitt's "TeamSmile" Provides Free Dental Care to Local Kids at Arrowhead". Chiefs.com. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  17. "Dustin Colquitt Named Chiefs Nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Honor Presented by Nationwide for Second Time". Chiefs.com. December 6, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
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