Billy Cundiff

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Billy Cundiff
Billy Cundiff 2011 stadium practice.jpg
Cundiff practicing during his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens.
No. 8     Cleveland Browns
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Valley Center, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Drake
Undrafted in 2002
Debuted in 2002 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Field goals 150
Field goal attempts 197
Field goal % 76.1
Longest field goal 56
Stats at NFL.com

William Amborse "Billy" Cundiff (born March 30, 1980) is an American football placekicker for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He played college football for Drake University, and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2002.

Early years[edit]

Cundiff attended Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa where he was a three-time All-Iowa quarterback who helped lead the Cyclones to the Class 3A state championship in 1997. He also established state career kicking records for most points (179) and field goals (22), both of which have since been surpassed.[2] He was also a starting point guard in basketball.

College career[edit]

Cundiff played for the Drake Bulldogs football team of Drake University, where he broke five Pioneer Football League (PFL) career records including most points (284), field goals (49) and points after touchdown (137). He made eight field goals over 50 yards during his career with the Bulldogs, including a PFL-record 62-yarder as a junior in 2000 against San Diego.[3] He also was part of the Drake University Men's Basketball team during his time at Drake. He played sparingly, partly due to several members of the team being ruled academically ineligible. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 2003. He was presented the highest honor for a student-athlete at the university when he received the Drake Double D Award on February 12, 2012.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Cundiff was brought to the 2002 training camp as an undrafted free agent, and won out over incumbent Tim Seder as the team's kicker. As a rookie he won the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award, after making a 48-yard field goal on the game’s final play for a 13-10 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

He tied a then-record seven field goals in a game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football on September 15, 2003.[1] That year he became the second player (Chris Boniol was first) in team history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in a season.[4]

In 2005, which would have been his fourth season with the team, he was waived/injured during training camp following a quadriceps injury, and briefly replaced by kickoff specialist José Cortéz, who had not been expected to make the team. Cundiff was later re-signed on November 19, 2005 (directly following the mandatory period after an injury waiver) having recovered from his training camp injury. He replaced kicker Shaun Suisham, in the hope of providing greater consistency to the Cowboys' special teams. In his first game back with the Cowboys, Cundiff made a 56-yard field goal at the end of the first half to set a record for longest field goal in franchise history. Cundiff played six games that season before being released by the Cowboys on December 26, 2005 after missing two field goals in a critical game against the Carolina Panthers. The Cowboys re-signed Suisham to replace him for the season finale.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On February 15, 2006, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Cundiff to a contract but released him after kicker Matt Bryant was re-signed.[3]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Cundiff signed with the Green Bay Packers on March 28, 2006 and was expected to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting kicking position before being cut by Green Bay on August 17, 2006.[4]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On November 22, 2006, the New Orleans Saints signed Cundiff as a kickoff specialist, easing the workload of John Carney.

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

After being released by the Saints, Cundiff signed with the Atlanta Falcons on May 4, 2007, but was released at the end of the preseason after losing the starting job to Matt Prater.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

In January 2008, Cundiff was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to a two-year contract. He was released prior to the regular season.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Cundiff was signed by the Detroit Lions on August 26, 2009 after an injury to placekicker Jason Hanson. He was cut on September 5, 2009.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns on September 26, 2009 after an injury to placekicker Phil Dawson.[5] Cundiff beat out Matt Bryant in a workout with the Browns and was signed after the Browns first choice of Matt Stover declined to sign with the team.[6] In week 5 of the 2009 NFL season, Cundiff hit the game-winning field goal to help the Browns beat the Buffalo Bills, 6-3. He was waived on November 3, 2009.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Cundiff was brought in by the Baltimore Ravens for a workout on November 10, 2009[7] and was signed on November 18, 2009[8] to replace Steve Hauschka, who was waived on November 17.[9]

Cundiff re-signed with the Ravens to return for the 2010 season. Cundiff was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl as the AFC placekicker after successfully completing 26 of 29 field goal attempts and a league-high 40 touchbacks. On January 2, 2011, Cundiff recorded his league-leading 40th touchback, which tied the NFL record set by Mitch Berger. Cundiff played at home in the outdoor M&T Bank Stadium and set the record after the instatement of the K-ball rule. He averaged 71.1 yards per kickoff to lead the league and had touchbacks on 51.3% of his kickoffs.

Cundiff signed a five-year, $15 million contract to become Baltimore's long-term kicker on January 23, 2011.[10]

Perhaps the most famous kick of Cundiff's career, in the closing seconds of the 2012 AFC Championship Game on January 22 against the New England Patriots, Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that would have tied the game, and the Ravens lost the game to the Patriots 23-20.[11]

Cundiff was released by the Ravens on August 26, 2012;[12] he was replaced by rookie kicker Justin Tucker.[13]

Washington Redskins[edit]

Cundiff was signed by the Washington Redskins on August 28, 2012.[14][15] In Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, he attempted a 62-yard field goal on the last play of the game to put the game into overtime, but missed.[16] Two weeks later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after being zero for three in his field goal attempts, which consisted of a 41-yarder, 57-yarder, and 31-yarder, Cundiff made a 41-yard field goal in the last play of the game allowing the Redskins to win 24-22.[17][18]

On October 9, 2012, Kai Forbath was signed to replace Cundiff, who was subsequently released.[19]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Cundiff signed with the San Francisco 49ers on January 1, 2013 to compete with struggling veteran David Akers.[20]

Akers performed well enough to keep the starting job however, as Cundiff was left off the postseason roster and released 17 days later on January 18, 2013.[21]

New York Jets[edit]

Cundiff was signed by the New York Jets on July 23, 2013 to compete with incumbent Jets kicker Nick Folk.[22] He was released on August 27, 2013.[23]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns on September 3, 2013 after the Browns made roster cuts and got rid of all their kickers, including Shayne Graham. On March 6, 2014, Cundiff was re-signed for the next year for just over $1 million. He made 80 percent of his field goals and 100 percent of his extra points last year.[24]

Personal[edit]

Cundiff is married to his college sweetheart, Nicole. They have three children.

In July 2007, Cundiff enrolled in a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. He graduated with his MBA from ASU in May, 2009.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Billy Cundiff   (1980-03-30). "Billy Cundiff, former kicker at". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  2. ^ Career Bests (Football) – Iowa High School Athletic Association.
  3. ^ a b "Drake to honor Billy Cundiff, Dani Tyler and Jerry Pezzetti with Double D Award," Des Moines Register, Friday, February 3, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/article-NickEatman/Harris-Takes-Home-NFC-Special-Teams-Award-For-2nd-Time-/d2d473ce-2026-49bd-a3e7-2d5f5db5aca2
  5. ^ "Twitter / AdamSchefter: From ESPN: With Phil Dawson". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Dawson out, Cundiff in for Cleveland | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  7. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 10, 2009). "Ravens bring two kickers in for tryouts". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/11/Ravens_Sign_Cundiff.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/11/Press_Release_-_Hauschka_Released.aspx
  10. ^ "Source: Ravens, Cundiff agree". ESPN.com. January 23, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  11. ^ "Tom Brady, missed FG vault Patriots past stunned Ravens, into Super Bowl". ESPN.com. January 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  12. ^ "Baltimore Ravens release kicker Billy Cundiff". USA Today. August 26, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ravens sign undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker". The Baltimore Sun. May 29, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Washington Redskins sign Billy Cundiff - source - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  15. ^ Jones, Mike (August 28, 2012). "Redskins sign Billy Cundiff, release Graham Gano". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  16. ^ Jones, Mike (September 16, 2012). "Josh Morgan: ‘I should’ve just kept my calm’". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  17. ^ Jones, Mike (September 30, 2012). "Redskins’ Billy Cundiff goes from despair to redemption with one swing of his leg". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  18. ^ Maske, Mark (October 3, 2012). "Billy Cundiff says he’s moved on from misses in Tampa". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  19. ^ "Report: Billy Cundiff and Washington Redskins Have Parted Ways". NFL News. October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  20. ^ Hanzus, Dan (January 1, 2013). "Billy Cundiff signs with 49ers, could push David Akers". National Football League. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ "NFL: 49ers release kicker Billy Cundiff". The Associated Press. 
  22. ^ Frankel, Charlie (23 July 2013). "Jets Sign Cundiff to Kick vs. Folk in Camp". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  23. ^ Lange, Randy (27 August 2013). "Billy Cundiff Released, Dan Carpenter Signed". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Cleveland Browns Prepare for Free Agency by Transitioning Alex Mack, Re-signing Billy Cundiff". 
  1. ^ Game Recap from Record-Tying Game Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  2. ^ Billy Cundiff NFL players profile Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Cowboys release Cundiff, re-sign Suisham for finale, ESPN.com Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  4. ^ Tampa Bay signs kicker Cundiff as insurance, ESPN.com Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Billy Cundiff news on Yahoo! Sports Retrieved August 23, 2006.

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