Kansas City Chiefs fans are eagerly awaiting the 2014 NFL season to get underway. In the meantime, we here at KC Kingdom are providing you with player profiles until the first kick off of the regular season. Today’s featured player is punter Dustin Colquitt.
How did Dustin Colquitt become a Kansas City Chief?
Dustin Colquitt comes from a long line of punters in his family. His father, Craig Colquitt, was also a third round draft choice by the Steelers back in 1978. Dustin’s uncle Jimmy Colquitt punted for the Seahawks and obviously we’re all aware of his brother Britton Colquitt who plays for the Broncos.
Dustin Colquitt attended the University of Tennessee and was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. While many probably thought it was crazy to draft a punter that high, I’d say the Chiefs had the last laugh, as Colquitt has been an outstanding player for Kansas City over the years.
Colquitt, as always, was stellar last season. He only had one punt blocked (which led to a safety), but other than that he was pretty solid. Colquitt averaged 46 yards per punt and his longest punt was a 65 yarder.
A scary moment for Chiefs came when Colquitt was injured during a game against the Giants. I have to say that I was terrified when Colquitt was injured. He’s one of Kansas City’s most reliable players and the team would have suffered without him for sure.
Ryan Succop came in and fulfilled punting duties for the rest of the game. Colquitt ended up being fine and was able to punt for the team for the remainder of the season.
Dustin Colquitt is easily one of the best punters in the NFL, if not the best. He’s only made one Pro Bowl, but it’s more difficult for kickers and punters to make the Pro Bowl due to each team only having one.
Colquitt will remain as one of Kansas City’s best players for years to come and I wouldn’t be surprised if he spent his entire career in a Chiefs uniform.
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