Britton Colquitt

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This article is about the Cleveland Browns punter. For the Kansas City punter, see Dustin Colquitt.
Britton Colquitt
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Colquitt with the Denver Broncos in 2010
No. 4 Cleveland Browns
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth: Knoxville, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Knoxville (TN) Bearden
College: Tennessee
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • First-team All-SEC (2006)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Punts: 555
Punt yards: 25,088
Punt average: 45.2
Inside 20: 171
Longest punt: 67
Player stats at NFL.com

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.[1][2] Distant cousin, Greg Colquitt, is a punter at Tennessee Tech University.[3]

Early years[edit]

He played football and soccer at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

College career[edit]

Colquitt played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, where he majored in political science.[4] During the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons he was the Volunteers first team punter.[4] He earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and second-team All-SEC honors in 2007.[4]

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,[5] 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.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Colquitt was signed to the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins on December 22, 2009.[7]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Colquitt was signed to the Denver Broncos' active roster from the Miami Dolphins' practice squad on December 30, 2009.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

As of 2017'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)

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On September 3, 2016, Colquitt signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $1.7 million.[12][13]

On February 28, 2017, Colquitt signed a four-year contract extension with the Browns.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season
Denotes Super Bowl–winning season
Led the league
General Punting
Season Team GP Punts Yards Y/P Long Blck
2010 Denver 16 86 3,835 44.6 63 0
2011 Denver 16 101 4,783 47.4 66 0
2012 Denver 16 67 3,099 46.3 67 0
2013 Denver 16 65 2,893 44.5 60 0
2014 Denver 16 69 3,048 44.2 65 0
2015 Denver 16 84 3,663 43.6 62 0
2016 Cleveland 16 83 3,761 45.3 65 0
Career 112 555 25,082 45.2 67 0

Personal[edit]

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.

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