Colquitt with the Denver Broncos in 2010
|No. 4 Cleveland Browns|
|Date of birth:||March 20, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Knoxville, Tennessee|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Knoxville (TN) Bearden|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Britton Colquitt (born March 20, 1985) is an American football punter for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in December 2009; he was with the Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers in 2016. He played college football at Tennessee.
He is the son of former NFL punter Craig Colquitt, brother of Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, and cousin of former NFL punter Jimmy Colquitt. Distant cousin, Greg Colquitt, is a punter at Tennessee Tech University.
Colquitt played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, where he majored in political science. During the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons he was the Volunteers first team punter. He earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and second-team All-SEC honors in 2007.
While at the University of Tennessee, Colquitt had a well-publicized saga with alcohol problems. He was first suspended from the University of Tennessee football team in March 2004 after three alcohol-related arrests, despite having only arrived on campus in 2003. In his junior season, he was suspended for the first five games of the season and had his scholarship stripped after being arrested on charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
In 2011, Colquitt marked the NFL record books after accumulating 4,783 yards, enough for 5th all time for single-season punting yards in a season.
On April 23, 2013, Colquitt signed his restricted free agent tender. On August 11, 2013, he signed a three-year extension worth $11.6 million on top of his one-year tender. The Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, which they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 43-8.
He agreed to a $1.4 million pay cut on August 3, 2015. Colquitt played in Super Bowl 50, which the Broncos won 24-10 against the Carolina Panthers, and gave Colquitt his first career Super Bowl victory.
On August 30, 2016, Colquitt was released by the Broncos due to not accepting a pay cut.
As of 2017[update]'s NFL off-season, Britton Colquitt held at least 11 Broncos franchise records, including:
- Punts: playoffs (48), playoff season (23 in 2015), playoff game (9 on 2016-01-24 NWE)
- Punt Yards: season (4,783 in 2011), playoffs (2,104), playoff season (1,072 in 2015), playoff game (423 on 2016-01-24 NWE)
- Yards / Punt: career (45.17), season (47.36 in 2011), game (55.83 on 2011-09-18 CIN), playoff season (48.8 in 2012)
On February 28, 2017, Colquitt signed a four-year contract extension with the Browns.
- Regular season
|†||Denotes Super Bowl–winning season|
|Led the league|
Several of Colquitt's family members have punted in the NFL. His father, Craig, won two Super Bowl rings playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His older brother, Dustin, is the current punter for the Kansas City Chiefs. His uncle, Jimmy, punted at Tennessee (1981–1984); his 43.9 punting average ranks first in school history. Jimmy played in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks in 1985.
- "The Punting Colquitt Brothers Are Keeping Alive a Family Pedigree in the N.F.L.," The Associated Press, Saturday, November 13, 2010.
- "A Family of Punters Demonstrates the Heredity of Hang Time" New York Times, January 31, 2014.
- "Football: 47 Britton Colquitt". UTSports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
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- "Colquitt suspended for 5 games and loses scholarship after DUI charge". Go Vols Xtra. February 17, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- Lindsay Jones (December 30, 2009), "Broncos sign P Colquitt", All Things Broncos Blog, Denver Post, retrieved March 1, 2010
- Mason, Andrew. "Broncos release Britton Colquitt, make three other moves to get down to 75". DenverBroncos.com.
- Shook, Nick (September 3, 2016). "Browns sign Britton Colquitt to one-year deal". NFL.com. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
- "Browns and P Britton Colquitt agree on contract". ClevelandBrowns.com. February 28, 2017.