Lin Elliott

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Lin Elliott
No. 2
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-11-11) November 11, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth: Euless, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Waco (TX)
College: Texas Tech
Undrafted: 1992
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 50
Field goals att-made: 99–75 (.758)
Extra points att-made: 118–113 (.958)
Points: 338
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Lindley Franklin Elliott Jr. (born November 11, 1968) is a former kicker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at Texas Tech. He earned a Super Bowl ring playing for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII, over Jim Kelly and the Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Elliott attended Waco High School, before moving on to Texas Tech University.[1] He was a three-year starter and only missed one extra point, while making 40 out 62 field goal attempts, on his way to becoming the school's All-time leading scorer at the time (220 points).

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Elliott was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 as an undrafted free agent, to compete as the replacement for kicker Ken Willis.[2] He started slowly until hitting 13 straight field goals and registering 27 touchbacks, which at the time were both franchise records. He ended up helping the team win Super Bowl XXVII and also led all NFL rookies in scoring.[3]

He was waived after missing two field goals in a 10–13 loss against the Buffalo Bills in the second game of the 1993 season, contributing to an 0–2 start.[4] He was replaced by Eddie Murray.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On April 7, 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1995, the team had gone 13–3 in the regular season and had clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, making them heavy favorites. Although Elliott struggled at the start of the season, he finished strong.

He is best remembered for missing three field goal attempts from 35, 39, and 42 yards in a 10–7 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts in January 1996.[5] He was released after the game, even though he had an 81.7% field goal accuracy during his two seasons and was the second-most accurate kicker in Chiefs history. He suffered a late-season swoon, as his final miss against Indianapolis was his ninth missed kick in five games.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On August 1, 1996, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent.[6] He was released before the season started on August 20.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott is now an investment manager with Texas Farm Bureau in Waco, Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston's aerial show bombs Texas Tech, 51-35". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Footing the bill". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cowboys settle for 13–13 tie after Elliott misses 4 field goals". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Two misses against Buffalo cost kicker Elliott job with Dallas". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bono, Elliott fail in biggest game". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Vikings take chance on kicker Elliott". Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ex-Chief Elliott Axed by Vikings". Retrieved November 11, 2015.