Fuad Reveiz

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Fuad Reveiz
Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1963-02-24) February 24, 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth: Bogotá, Colombia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Sunset Senior High
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 7 / Pick: 195
Debuted in 1985 for the Miami Dolphins
Last played in 1995 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals made 188
Field goals attempted 250
Field goal % 75.2
Long field goal 52
Stats at NFL.com

Fuad Reveiz (born February 24, 1963) is a former American football placekicker who played 10 seasons in the National Football League. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1994. He played college football at Tennessee from 1981 to 1984, where he holds the school record for the longest field goal (60 yards).[1]

High school[edit]

Reveiz was born in Bogotá, Colombia, but moved with his family to Miami, Florida, in 1974.[2] Reveiz played for Miami Sunset Senior High. During his sophomore season in 1978, he set a state record with a 60-yard field goal.[3]

University of Tennessee[edit]

Reveiz wasn't highly recruited out of high school,[3] and originally had planned to attend junior college. However, Tennessee coach Johnny Majors, concerned with his kickers' performance during spring practice in 1981, offered Reveiz a scholarship just prior to fall practice.[4] Reveiz connected on 25 of 25 extra point attempts during his freshman year, and was 7 of 15 on field goal tries. He kicked a 51-yard field goal in Tennessee's win over Memphis State, which at the time was the fifth-longest in school history. Two weeks later, he kicked a last-second 28-yard field goal to give Tennessee a 24-21 win over Wichita State. His kickoffs frequently landed in or beyond the end zone.[5]

Reveiz's best season with Tennessee came in 1982, when he was again perfect on extra point attempts, and connected on 27 of 31 field goal tries, including an NCAA-record 8 of 10 on field goal attempts of 50 yards or longer. At one point in the season, he hit 14 consecutive field goals before finally missing one in the rain against Vanderbilt. He hit a school-record 60-yarder in Tennessee's loss to Georgia Tech on October 23, and hit a 52-yarder with less than two minutes to play in the Vols' 24-24 tie against LSU (though he missed a potential game-winner from the same distance). He tied the school single-game record of five field goals in Tennessee's win over Memphis State on November 6, and matched it two weeks later in Tennessee's win over Kentucky. His mark of 27 field goals was second in the nation only to Paul Woodside's record-setting mark of 28.[6]

Reveiz entered the 1983 season a Preseason All-American.[6] He connected on field goals of 45 yards and 47 yards in Tennessee's 20-6 win over LSU, and hit a game-tying 27-yard field goal in the Vols' 41-34 win over Alabama. He missed the first extra point attempt of his career in Tennessee's game against The Citadel, however, and finished the season with 17 field goals on 26 attempts, a considerable drop off from the previous season.[7]

Working with special teams coach George Cafego,[8] Reveiz rebounded with a strong senior season in 1984, hitting 20 field goals on 23 attempts, and connecting on 29 of 30 extra point attempts.[9] At one point in the season, he hit 18 consecutive field goals, which was an SEC record until 2014. [10] He hit the game-winning field goal in Tennessee's 24-21 victory over Georgia Tech on October 27.[11] He was named an All-American by Gannett News, and All-SEC by SouthSports.[12] He competed in the annual Blue-Gray Classic at the end of the season, hitting four field goals in the South's 33-6 victory.[13]

During his career at Tennessee, Reveiz connected on 71 of 95 field goal attempts, and 101 of 103 extra point attempts for a total of 314 points.[14] As of 2012, his success rate of 80% on field goals of 50 yards or more remains an NCAA single-season record, his 18 consecutive field goals remained an SEC record until broken by Georgia's Marshall Morgan in 2014, and his 60-yard field goal against Georgia Tech in 1982 is tied with two others for the SEC record for longest field goal.[15] His 71 career field goals remains a school record, and his 27 field goals in 1982 remains a school single-season record.[1] His career total of 314 points remained a school record until broken by John Becksvoort in the early 1990s.[16]

NFL[edit]

Reveiz was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 7th round of the 1985 NFL Draft. He was the 195th pick overall, and the fourth kicker selected that year. During preseason play prior to the 1985 season, he beat out Uwe von Schamann and Eddie Garcia for the starting job.[17] He connected on 10 of his first 11 attempts, his only miss being a 52-yarder into a strong wind (for which Coach Don Shula took the blame).[2] He hit a game-winning 43-yard field goal against Tampa Bay on October 20, [18] and hit a 47-yarder that would prove to be the difference in the Dolphins' 30-27 win over New England on December 16. He finished 22 of 27 for the season, with three of his misses coming on attempts of 50 yards or more.[19] In February 1986, following his rookie year, he became a U.S. citizen.[20]

Reveiz missed several games during the 1988 season with a pulled thigh muscle.[21] He was placed on the Dolphins' injured reserve list prior to the 1989 season,[22] and was waived a few weeks later.

Reveiz signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1990, but hit only 2 of 7 field goal attempts, and was cut after one month.[23] He then signed with the Minnesota Vikings, and quickly revived his career. His 24-yard field goal as time expired gave the Vikings a 24-21 win over Seattle on November 18, 1990.[24] It would be one of seven game-winning field goals Reveiz would kick for the Vikings.[25] He connected on 11 of 12 attempts during his limited first season with the Vikings, breaking the team's single-season record for accuracy.[25] He hit the game-winning field goal as time expired in Minnesota's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh on December 20, 1992, allowing the Vikings to lock up the NFC Central Division title.[26] Between October 10, 1994, and September 17, 1995, Reveiz connected on 31 consecutive field goal attempts, which at the time was an NFL record.[25][27] He hit two field goals on two attempts in the NFC's 41-13 loss in the 1995 Pro Bowl.[28]

Consistent pain in his left (planting) foot forced Reveiz's retirement prior to the 1996 season.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team PAT PAT Pct. FG-FGA FG Pct. Long
1985 MIA 50/52 96.2 22/27 81.5% 49
1986 MIA 52/55 94.5% 14/22 63.6% 52
1987 MIA 28/30 93.3% 9/11 81.8% 48
1988 MIA 31/32 96.9% 8/12 66.7% 45
1990 SD 7/8 87.5% 2/7 28.6% 42
1990 MIN 19/19 100.0% 11/12 91.7% 45
1991 MIN 34/35 97.1% 17/24 70.8% 50
1992 MIN 45/45 100% 19/25 76% 52
1993 MIN 27/28 96.4% 26/35 74.3% 51
1994 MIN 30/30 100% 34/39 87.2% 51
1995 MIN 44/44 100% 26/36 72.2% 51
TOTALS N/A 367/378 97.1% 188/250 75.2% 52

Post-playing career and personal life[edit]

After his retirement from the NFL, Reveiz, an ALA Health House Registered Builder, founded a home remodeling company, Reveiz and Co. He is also the host of Weekend Remodeling and other shows on the DIY Network. He currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.[29]

Reveiz and his wife, Gail, have three children: Bryanna, Nick and Shane. His son, Nick, played linebacker for the University of Tennessee from 2007 to 2010, and was a captain of the 2009 and 2010 teams. Shane also played linebacker for the Vols, from 2009 to 2011. Fuad's younger brother, Carlos, played kicker for Tennessee from 1984 to 1986.[14][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Individual Football Records, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 9 August 2013, pp. 325-326.
  2. ^ a b "Dolphins' Reveiz is Working Hard," Ocala Star-Banner, 3 October 1985, p. 8B.
  3. ^ a b Pedro Fonteboa, "Fuad Reveiz Puts His Foot on an NCAA Record," The Miami News, 24 November 1982, p. 3B.
  4. ^ Russ Bebb, "Reveiz: A Vol Almost as an Afterthough," 1981 Garden State Bowl Media Guide, p. D-11. Originally published in the Knoxville Journal.
  5. ^ "1982 Squad," 1982 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 54.
  6. ^ a b "1983 Squad," 1983 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, pp. 54-55.
  7. ^ "1984 Squad," 1984 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, pp. 57-58.
  8. ^ Steve Bawden, "Reveiz Kicking Up Storm at Tennessee," 1984 Sun Bowl Press Guide, pp. D-12 - D-13. Originally published in the Bristol Herald-Courier.
  9. ^ "1984 Offensive Statistics," 1985 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 101.
  10. ^ Randy Moore, "Goal Posts Widen When Reveiz Kicks Field Goals," 1984 Sun Bowl Press Guide, pp. D-11 - D-12. Originally published in the Knoxville Journal.
  11. ^ "Desperation Catch by Jeff Smith Sets Up Reveiz' Game-Winning Shot," 1985 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 98.
  12. ^ "1984 Honorees," 1985 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 104.
  13. ^ "Rice Leads Gray to Victory," Miami Herald, 26 December 1984, p. 2C.
  14. ^ a b Career Football Statistics," UTSports.com. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  15. ^ UT in NCAA/SEC Record Books, UTSports.com, p. 322.
  16. ^ Individual Career Records, UTSports.com, p. 343.
  17. ^ Dave George, "Rookie Reveiz Wins Dolphins' Kicking Job," Palm Beach Post, 27 August 1985, p. D1.
  18. ^ Fred Goodall, "Reveiz Field Goal Keeps Buccaneers Winless, 41-38," Gainesville Sun, 21 October 1985, p. 5D.
  19. ^ Dave George, "Rookie Reveiz Has Dolphins Kicking Again," Palm Beach Post, 27 December 1985, p. D1.
  20. ^ "Dolphins' Place-Kicker Will Be Upright Citizen," San Jose Mercury News, 12 February 1986, p. 6E.
  21. ^ "Dolphins Boot Franklin," Miami Herald, 23 November 1988, p. 1C.
  22. ^ "NFL Training Camps," Schenectady Gazette, 5 September 1989, p. 24.
  23. ^ Christopher Gates," Greatest Viking of All Time Tournament: Randall McDaniel vs. Fuad Reveiz," SB Nation, 28 June 2013. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  24. ^ "No Rest for Walker, Anderson in Backfield," St. Paul Pioneer Press, 19 November 1990, p. 6E.
  25. ^ a b c d "Vikings' Reveiz Retires Because of Painful Foot," Los Angeles Times, 10 August 1996. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  26. ^ "Vikings Lock Up Division Crown," Star Tribune (Minneapolis - St. Paul), 21 December 1992.
  27. ^ Greg Johns, "Olindo Mare: The Perfect Response to Mora's Rant," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 28 October 2010. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  28. ^ Fuad Reveiz - 1994 Game Logs, NFL.com. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  29. ^ "Fuad Reveiz Bio," DIY Network website. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.
  30. ^ Barry Henderson, "How Do You Spell 'PHOO ODD?'" Metro Pulse, 12 September 2002. Retrieved: 10 August 2013.

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