Brion Hurley

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Brion Hurley
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Brion Hurley kickoff with Iowa Barnstormers in 1998
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Personal information
Born: (1974-03-13) March 13, 1974 (age 50)
Iowa City, Iowa
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Iowa City (IA) City
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career Arena statistics as of 1998
Field goals:7
Field goals attempted:25
Field goal %:28.0
Longest field goal:55
Extra points made:20
Player stats at

Brion Matthew Hurley (born March 13, 1974) is a former American football player. He attended the University of Iowa and was a placekicker and punter from 1993 to 1996. He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent kicker and punter in 1997.[1]

Early years[edit]

Hurley attended City High School (Iowa) in Iowa City, Iowa and lettered in football, soccer and basketball. In football, he was named Des Moines Register first team All-State Class 4A placekicker for 1991,[2] and received first team All-Conference honors as a junior (1990) and senior (1991) as a placekicker.

College career[edit]

Hurley was invited to walk on and play college football at the University of Iowa. After redshirting his freshman season, he competed with Nick Gallery for the starting punter position at the start of the 1993 season. He took over placekicking duties at the end of the season, and made his first college field goal during the 1993 inaugural Alamo Bowl,[3] which were Iowa's only points in a 37–3 loss to California. He earned a full-ride scholarship after the season.

After losing the placekicking job in 1994 and again in 1995, he took over the long field goals and short punt duties during the 1995 season. He was named special teams MVP of the 1995 Sun Bowl for his performance in Iowa's upset win over the Washington Huskies, after kicking three long fields of 49 yards, 47 yards and 50 yards.[4]

He ended his Iowa career 13 of 26 on field goals, but was 6 for 9 on field goals of 50 yards or longer, with a career long of 54 yards vs Iowa State in 1996.[5]

Professional career[edit]

He was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent kicker and punter in 1997,[1] but was released at the end of the preseason. In 1998, he signed with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League and was 7 for 25 on fields goals, with a long of 55 yards,[6] and kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal with 32 seconds left against the San Jose Sabercats.[7] He re-signed with the New York Giants as a free agent punter in 1999. During the 2000 and 2001 seasons, he played for the AF2 champion Quad City Steamwheelers.[8] He was the highest paid player in the league during those two seasons, playing in every regular season game, all three playoff games both years ($200 per game per player), and receiving the $50 win bonus in all but one game (37 wins, 1 loss).


  • Hurley, Brion. Lean Six Sigma for Good: How improvement experts can help people in need, and help improve the environment. Portland, Oregon, Odin Ink (2017).[9]


  1. ^ a b "Transactions". The New York Times. April 29, 1997 – via
  2. ^ "The Des Moines Sunday Register All-State Football Teams |".
  3. ^ 1993 Game Recap [dead link]
  4. ^ "Iowa 38, Washington 18 | Recaps - Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl | December 31, 2020 | El Paso, Texas".
  5. ^ "NCAA Football - Iowa State vs. Iowa".
  6. ^ "Brion Hurley |".
  7. ^ "Iowa 44, SAN JOSE 41".
  8. ^ Tappa, Steve (March 28, 2009). "Quad City Steamwheelers all-time alumni". Dispatch Argus.
  9. ^ "ISBN 9781612200064 - Lean Six Sigma for Good: How improvement experts can help people in need, and help improve the environment".