Chris Boniol

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Chris Boniol
No. 18
Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-12-09) December 9, 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth: Alexandria, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 167 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school: Alexandria High School
College: Louisiana Tech
Undrafted in 1994
Debuted in 1994
Last played in 1999
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Christopher Donald Boniol (born December 9, 1971 in Alexandria, Louisiana) is a former professional American football placekicker in the National Football League. He played first at Alexandria Senior High School and then college football at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. In the NFL, Boniol played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1994 to 1996, the Philadelphia Eagles from 1997 to 1998, and the Chicago Bears in 1999. In 1996, Boniol tied the NFL record for most field goals in a game with seven. He is currently serving as the assistant Special Teams coordinator for the Oakland Raiders, after having previously served in that capacity with the Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

Boniol attended Alexandria High School, Louisiana, where he was the placekicker for the football team and the catcher for the baseball team.

He received a scholarship to play football at Louisiana Tech University. In 1990, he was named all-Louisiana and the Louisiana Freshman of the Year after hitting 17 of 24 field goals. He finished his college career third on the school's all-time scoring list.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Boniol was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, helping the team win Super Bowl XXX during his rookie season.

He was a very successful kicker during his 3 seasons with the team, becoming the first Cowboy to have three consecutive 100-point seasons. In 1995 he set a club record for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made with 26. His 96.4 percent (27 field goals out of 28 attempts) season kicking percentage was the highest in club history and his 127 points where the fourth-most points in franchise history.

In 1996 he broke his own club record for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made with 27. He also tied an NFL record with 7 field goals made in a game, during a Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers. That year he became the first player in team history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in a season, with the second award coming after the Wild Card Playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings.[1]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Boniol was signed as a restricted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997, after the salary cap-strapped Cowboys could not match the Eagles' four-year offer. He played in Philadelphia for 2 seasons, before being waived because of inconsistency making field goals over 40 yards.

Chicago Bears[edit]

He finished his career in Chicago, being waived in 1999 after missing four of nine field goal attempts, including a possible game-winner in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings. Boniol played in the NFL for 6 seasons, making 128 of 163 field goals and 183 of 189 extra points for 567 points.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2002, he was a math teacher and football coach for Lewisville High School.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010, he was hired as the Dallas Cowboys kicker's coach, and in 2014 moved to the Oakland Raiders as an assistant to Special Teams coordinator Bobby April.

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Anderson
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Kickers
1997-1998
Succeeded by
Norm Johnson