Neil Rackers

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Neil Rackers
Neil rackers redskins.jpg
Rackers at Redskins training camp in 2012.
No. 5, 1, 4
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-08-16) August 16, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 169
Debuted in 2000 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Most field goals of 55 yards or more in one quarter (2)
  • Most field goals of 50 yards or more in one game (3)
  • 2× Leader in field goal attempts in the NFL (2005, 2006)
  • Pro Bowl (2005)
  • First-team All-Pro (2005)
  • PFW Golden Toe Award (2005)
  • NFC champion (2008)
Career NFL statistics
Field goals 264
Field goal attempts 330
Field goal % 80.0
Long field goal 57[1]
Stats at NFL.com

Neil William Rackers[2] (born August 16, 1976) is a retired[3] American football player who was a placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for the University of Illinois. Rackers was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit]

Rackers attended Aquinas-Mercy High School in St. Louis, Missouri and was a student and a letterman in football, soccer, and baseball. In football, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference selection. In soccer, he led his team to consecutive State Titles and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was an All-Conference selection.

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Rackers was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played three seasons for the team, making 44 out of 67 field goals.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Rackers reached and or surpassed 20 touchbacks in a season twice in his career, and once had a streak of 31 consecutive field goals made before missing a 43-yarder in 2005 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On New Year's Day, 2006, Rackers kicked his 40th field goal of the season, an NFL record. He was rewarded with a spot in that year's Pro Bowl. He is also one of the four active players to attempt a fair catch kick.

Rackers in a 2010 preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Houston Texans[edit]

Rackers was signed by the Houston Texans on April 5, 2010, and replaced Kris Brown later for the 2010 season, and made his first two field goals as a Texan on September 12.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Rackers signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on April 24, 2012 and competed with Graham Gano for a spot on the team.[4] On August 27, the Redskins released Rackers.[5]

Retirement[edit]

Billy Cundiff's charity confirmed that Rackers retired and would join his cause to cure ovarian cancer.[6]

Life from football[edit]

Rackers currently is the special teams/linebackers coach at John Burroughs School in the St. Louis, Missouri area.[7] [8] He also owns Kick it Promos and is a radio announcer on 101 ESPN in St. Louis.[9]

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