Barth in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Date of birth:April 11, 1986|
|Place of birth: Arlington, Virginia|
|High school: Wilmington (NC) Hoggard|
|College: North Carolina|
|Undrafted in 2008|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs|
|Roster status: Reserve/Non-Football Injury|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Connor Thomas Barth (born April 11, 1986) is an American football placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at North Carolina.
Barth has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins. As a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he currently has the highest field goal percentage in franchise history. This record was broken during the 2011 season. He also broke another franchise record during the 2012 season in which he has made 25 consecutive field goals.
Barth is the son of Thomas and Susan Barth. His younger brother, currently the placekicker for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.
Barth was named to the first-team high school All-America by USA Today during his prep career at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he was named the top kicker in the combine. He was selected to the inaugural EA Sports High School All-America Team. Out of high school, Barth was considered one of the best kickers in the country by most recruiting services. He set the North Carolina state record for field goals in a season and career with 38. The Charlotte Observer ranked him among the top 25 overall players in North Carolina. In 2002, he had a string of 40 consecutive extra points. Playing as a punter and a kicker, Barth made 11 of 14 field goals that year. He also was 53 of 54 on extra point attempts as a Junior. He kicked 75 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. As a punter, he punted 42 times for a 38.2-yard average.
As a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barth was named second-team freshman All-America by Rivals.com. He was also an honorable-mention All-ACC member. In 2004, he made 14 of 18 field goals and 35 of 37 extra point attempts. He is well known for a 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired against No. 4 Miami. He made his first career field goal on a 22-yard attempt at Virginia
In 2006, as a junior, Barth made all 10 field goal attempts and 24 of 26 extra points. He was the only kicker in the country with a perfect 100% field goal percentage. In a game against North Carolina State, Barth made a 54-yarder that was his career best and tied for the second-longest in school history.
In 2007, as a senior, he made 19 of 22 field goals and 30 of his final 33 attempts, dating back to his sophomore season. He earned first-team All-ACC honors from Rivals.com and honorable mention all-conference honors from the Associated Press. Against Miami, Barth kicked a career-high four field goals in the 33-27 win and was named the ACC special teams player of the week. He graduated UNC with a Communications major.
Kansas City Chiefs
Barth was re-signed by the team on October 21 after Novak was released, becoming the seventh kicker on the Chiefs roster in two years. In his first NFL game, Barth went 1-for-1 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra points. He remained perfect up until a week 15 game (going in he was 9 for 9) where he missed 2 field goal attempts, including what would have been a game winning 50 yarder as time expired.
Barth was waived by the Chiefs on July 28, 2009, in favor of Ryan Succop
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Barth was signed by the Buccaneers on November 3, 2009 after the Bucs released Shane Andrus. Barth tied an NFL record held by three other kickers when he made three field goals of 50 yards or more against the Miami Dolphins on November 15, 2009; the kicks were from 51, 50 and 54 yards. The record is shared with Morten Andersen, Neil Rackers, Kris Brown, and Josh Scobee.
On December 27, 2009 Barth kicked a 47-yard overtime field goal to give the Bucs the win over New Orleans, 20-17.
On October 10, 2010 Barth kicked a 31-yard field goal with :01 left in the game to give the Bucs a 24-21 lead over Cincinnati.
On July 17, 2013, Barth was placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2013 season with an Achilles injury suffered while taking part in a charity basketball game. Barth will be replaced by veteran place kicker Rian Lindell.
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