|Date of birth:April 16, 1990|
|Place of birth: Rockford, Illinois|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Derek Dimke (born April 16, 1990) is an American football placekicker from Rockford, Illinois. Dimke played college football at the University of Illinois, where he broke several school records. He was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He has been under contract with the Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints.
Dimke attended Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Illinois. He was selected to the second-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune and was also a special mention by the Champaign News-Gazette. He set an Illinois high school record when he kicked a 54 yard field goal his senior year.
Dimke made 39 of 46 field goals during his college career, for a field goal percentage of 84.7%. He also went 89 for 89 on extra point attempts. He is the most accurate kicker in Illinois school history. He holds several other school records including most points scored in a season by a kicker, most field goals in a season, most field goals in a bowl game, and most touchbacks in a single game. In his junior season, He was a semifinalist of the Lou Groza Award. He was selected to Phil Steele's first-team All-Big Ten team following the conclusion of his Junior season. He was selected to the Second Team All-Big Ten. He also was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media. In his Senior season, He was selected to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List. He also was a Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by coaches & media. He was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week twice (10/11/10), (9/26/11) while at Illinois.
On April 30, 2012, Dimke signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He went 2 for 2 on field goals during the preseason while battling Jason Hanson for the starting role. On August 27, 2012, He was released.
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dimke was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on June 4, 2013. During his time there he went 6 for 7 on preseason field goals while battling Lawrence Tynes and Rian Lindell for the starting role. He was later cut on August 31, 2013.
New Orleans Saints
Dimke was signed by the New Orleans Saints to a futures contract on January 2, 2014. Dimke went 4 for 4 in the preseason with a long of 49 yards. Dimke along with kicker Shayne Graham were released as part of the final roster cuts on August 30, 2014.
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