|Date of birth:December 9, 1971|
|Place of birth: Alexandria, Louisiana|
|High school: Alexandria High School|
|College: Louisiana Tech|
|Undrafted in 1994|
|Debuted in 1994 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Last played in 1999 for the Chicago Bears|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.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.
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.
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 (it was broken by Dan Bailey in 2014). He also tied an NFL record with 7 field goals made in a game, during a Monday night contest 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.
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.
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.
Boniol was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2010 to 2013, and focused on kickers and punters. In 2014, he was hired by the Oakland Raiders as an assistant to special teams coordinator Bobby April.
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