Dustin Colquitt

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Dustin Colquitt
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Colquitt with the Chiefs in 2010
Free agent
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1982-05-06) May 6, 1982 (age 38)
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
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Punts:1,124
Punting yards:50,393
Average punt:44.8
Net punting average:39.9
Touchbacks:98
Inside 20:462
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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[edit]

Colquitt and Harrison Butker in 2019

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. During the 2019 season, Colquitt played in and won his first Super Bowl after the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31–20.

Colquitt was released on April 28, 2020. In his 15 seasons with the Chiefs, he set multiple team records including being tied with fellow punter Jerrel Wilson for the longest tenured player in franchise history.[13]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Punting
Punts Yards Avg Long Blocked
2005 KC 16 65 2,564 39.4 62 0
2006 KC 16 71 3,145 44.3 72 0
2007 KC 16 95 4,322 45.5 81 1
2008 KC 14 70 3,110 44.4 73 0
2009 KC 16 96 4,361 45.4 70 1
2010 KC 16 88 3,908 44.4 72 1
2011 KC 16 89 4,084 45.9 68 0
2012 KC 16 83 3,887 46.8 71 0
2013 KC 16 87 4,005 46.0 65 1
2014 KC 16 71 3,164 44.6 69 0
2015 KC 16 75 3,333 44.4 62 0
2016 KC 16 76 3,427 45.1 64 0
2017 KC 16 65 2,936 45.2 77 0
2018 KC 16 45 2,021 44.9 67 0
2019 KC 16 48 2,126 44.3 68 1
Career 238 1,124 50,393 44.8 81 5

Accomplishments[edit]

  • Franchise record for longest punt (81 yards, 2007)
  • Franchise record for games played by any position (238)
  • Franchise record for seasons played (15, tied)[14]
  • Franchise record for punting yards (50,393)[15]
  • Franchise record for punts (1,124)[16]
  • 3rd most punts downed inside of the 20 in NFL history (462)

Personal life[edit]

Colquitt is married with five children.[17] Colquitt comes from a family with a distinguished lineage of punters, including his father Craig, who played 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.[18] After winning Super Bowl LIV, Colquitt became the third member of his family to win a Super Bowl (Craig won XIII and XIV, Britton won 50 with the Broncos)

Colquitt is a Christian.[19]

Colquitt is a co-founder of TeamSmile, an organization that offers free dental care to underserved children.[20] Colquitt was picked to be the Chiefs nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2009 and 2018.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pinchevsky, Tal (November 11, 2014). "The Colquitts, Football's First Family of Fourth Down". Sports. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dustin Colquitt College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dustin Colquitt Contract and Earnings". Spoctrac.com. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dustin Colquitt Contract and Earnings". Spoctrac.com. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dustin Colquitt". NFL.com. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dustin Colquitt" Archived February 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. nfl.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dustin Colquitt's Kansas City Chiefs contract worth $18.75M". NFL.com. March 4, 2013. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt treasures Pro Bowl experience". The Kansas City Star. January 11, 2018. Archived from the original on January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs Career Kicking and Punting Leaders". Pro Football Reference. January 11, 2017. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Alper, Josh (March 15, 2018). "Dustin Colquitt signs on for three more years in K.C." ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chiefs Release Punter Dustin Colquitt". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2020. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Seasons played for the Kansas City Chiefs". ProFootballReference.com.
  15. ^ "Career Punting Yards by Kansas City Chiefs Punters". ProFootballReference.com.
  16. ^ "Career punts by Kansas City Chiefs players". ProFootballReference.com.
  17. ^ Sweeney, Pete. "Five Things to Know About Dustin Colquitt". Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "Colquitt Brothers Take Their Punting Seriously". The New York Times. November 13, 2010. Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  19. ^ 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. Archived from the original on February 5, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  20. ^ McMullen, Matt (October 24, 2018). "Dustin Colquitt's "TeamSmile" Provides Free Dental Care to Local Kids at Arrowhead". Chiefs.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "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. Archived from the original on December 6, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2019.

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