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Britton Colquitt
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Colquitt with the Denver Broncos in 2010
No. 4 – Cleveland Browns
Position: Punter
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985 (age 33)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Knoxville (TN) Bearden
College: Tennessee
Undrafted: 2009
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 2017
Punts: 635
Punt yards: 28,899
Punt average: 45.5
Inside 20: 195
Longest punt: 67
Player stats at NFL.com

Britton Colquitt (born March 20, 1985) is an American football punter for the Cleveland Browns 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 is the son of former NFL punter Craig Colquitt, brother of Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, and cousin of former NFL punter Jimmy Colquitt.[1][2] Distant cousin, Greg Colquitt, a walk on, punted at Clemson for one season. [3]

Early years[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

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

Denver Broncos[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season
Denotes Super Bowl–winning season
Led the league
General Punting
Season Team GP Punts Yards Y/P Net Long Blck
2010 Denver 16 86 3,835 44.6 63 0
2011 Denver 16 101 4,783 47.4 66 0
2012 Denver 16 67 3,099 46.3 67 0
2013 Denver 16 65 2,893 44.5 60 1
2014 Denver 16 69 3,048 44.2 65 0
2015 Denver 16 84 3,663 43.6 62 0
2016 Cleveland 16 83 3,761 45.3 65 0
Career 112 555 25,082 45.2 67 1

Personal life[edit]

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 cousin, 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.[19]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.knoxnews.com/sports/prepextra/maryville-punter-greg-colquitt-picks Clemson.
  4. ^ Longman, Jeré (2014). "A Family of Punters Demonstrates the Heredity of Hang Time". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Football: 47 Britton Colquitt". UTSports.com. 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 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  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". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  11. ^ "NFL Punting Yards Single-Season Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  12. ^ "Britton Colquitt 2011 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  13. ^ a b Spotrac.com. "Britton Colquitt". Spotrac.com. 
  14. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  15. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  16. ^ Mason, Andrew. "Broncos release Britton Colquitt, make three other moves to get down to 75". DenverBroncos.com. 
  17. ^ Shook, Nick (September 3, 2016). "Browns sign Britton Colquitt to one-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Browns and P Britton Colquitt agree on contract". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jimmy Colquitt Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-14. 

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