Alex Henery (right) kicking a field goal.
|Date of birth:||August 18, 1987|
|Place of birth:||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||177 lb (80 kg)|
|High school:||Omaha (NE) Burke|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
|Field goals made:||75|
|Field goals attempted:||91|
|Field goal percentage:||82.4%|
|Long field goal:||51|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Alex Henery (born August 17, 1987) is an American football kicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and set an NCAA record for field goal accuracy with an 89.5% success rate. He was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Henery was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Omaha Burke High School and was one of the top walk-ons in Nebraska's 2006 class. He earned Omaha World-Herald first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honors as a punter. Henery averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a senior, and also connected on 6-of-10 field goals and 37-of-38 extra-point tries.
Henery helped Burke to a 7–5 finish and a trip to the state semifinals. He earned first-team all-state honors as a junior, averaging 41.7 yards per punt. He also played soccer for the Bulldogs, helping them to a 14–3 record and a state playoff appearance as a junior.
Henery attended the University of Nebraska, and played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2007 to 2010. For most of his college career, he served as the punter and placekicker for the Cornhuskers, and received all-conference honors at both positions. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection at placekicker in 2009 and 2010, and was previously an honorable mention selection in 2008; at punter, he was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010, and received honorable mention honors in 2009. On November 28, 2008, he set a Nebraska team record when he kicked a 57-yard field goal in a 40–31 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. During his four seasons as a Cornhusker, he set an NCAA career record by completing 89.5 percent of his attempted field goals. His total accuracy on combined field goals and extra points also set a new NCAA record of 96.7 percent. He is the all-time leading scorer in NU history with 397 points.
The Philadelphia Eagles chose Henery in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 120th overall pick. He began the 2011 season as the Eagles' starting placekicker, and set a new NFL record for field goal accuracy by a rookie kicker. In Week 16, he kicked a career-best 51-yard field goal in a 20−7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.
In his second year with the Eagles, he set a franchise record by making 18 consecutive field goals, and went on to extend the record to 22 (then-longest active streak in the league), before just missing a 58 yard field goal in Week 14 against Tampa Bay.
On August 30, 2014, Henery was released by the Eagles.
On September 22, 2014, the Detroit Lions signed Henery to replace struggling rookie Nate Freese. On October 6, a day after missing three field goals in the Lions' week five loss to the Buffalo Bills, including a potential game-winner late in the final minute, he was released.
Henery is the son of Guy (computer business) and Mary Henery (a medical technologist at Creighton University). He has an older brother named Eric and a younger sister named Andrea. In 2011 he married his longtime girlfriend Johna.
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