Football is almost here! Well, actually it starts tonight, but the Kansas City Chiefs don’t take the field until Sunday afternoon. With that said, we’re in the final stretch of our player profiles for the Chiefs! Today’s featured player is rookie kicker Cairo Santos.
How did Cairo Santos become a Kansas City Chief?
Santos was born in Brazil, but came to the US as an exchange student. He always loved soccer and realized that his knack for kicking could earn him a scholarship with a college football team. Santos was indeed offered a scholarship to kick at Tulane University (Source: Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports; Read this article, it’s very interesting!).
Santos’ junior year saw him going a perfect 21 for 21 on field goal attempts and 26 for 27 on point after attempts (the one missed attempt was blocked). He also booted a 57 yarder, which is a Tulane school record. Santos went undrafted this past May, but the Chiefs scooped him up shortly after the draft.
Santos was brought on board to compete with kicker Ryan Succop, who was the Chiefs’ guy since he was the last pick in the 2009 draft. Santos had an impressive preseason and ended up winning the job over Succop.
Well, obviously Santos doesn’t have any stats with the Chiefs, but let’s take a look at his 2013 stats with Tulane. He managed a 69.3 field goal percentage and knocked through 16 of 23 attempts. He was a perfect 36 of 36 on point after attempts.
Succop is with the Titans now so the kicking duties in Kansas City are all Santos’ now. Let’s hope that the pressure doesn’t get to Santos too much, as a game winning field goal for the Chiefs might come down to the rookie kicker.
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