Lin Elliott

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Lin Elliott
No. 2
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1968-11-11) November 11, 1968 (age 50)
Euless, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Waco (Waco, Texas)
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 Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at Texas Tech. He earned a Super Bowl ring playing for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII.

Early years[edit]

Elliott attended Waco High School, where he practiced football and soccer. In soccer, he was a four-time All-district selection.

He walked on at Texas Tech University.[1] As a sophomore, he was named the starter at placekicker, making 9 out of 19 field goal attempts (47.4%).

As a junior, he made 14 out of 17 field goal attempts for a school record 82.4%. As a senior, he made 17 (tied school record) out of 26 field goal attempts, set the school's consecutive extra point record (85) and was second in the conference with 85 points. Against Cal State Fullerton University, he tied the school record for field goals in a game with 4 (all over 40 yards), including a career-long tying 52-yarder.

Elliott finished as the school's All-time leading scorer at the time (220 points), while making 40 out of 62 field goal attempts (64.5%) and 100 (school record) out of 101 extra points (64.5%). .

In 2015, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Elliott was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1992 NFL Draft, to compete as the replacement for kicker Ken Willis.[3] He recovered from a pulled groin muscle in training camp, to be named the starter over Brad Daluiso. He started the regular season slowly until hitting 13 straight field goals and registering 27 touchbacks, which at the time were both franchise records. He also set a franchise record for points by a rookie (119), his 24 field goals were third in club history, his 119 points ranked fourth in the NFL and led all rookies.[4] He contributed to the team winning Super Bowl XXVII.

On September 14, 1993, he was waived after missing two field goals in a 13–10 loss against the Buffalo Bills in the second game, contributing to an 0–2 start.[5] He was replaced with Eddie Murray.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On April 7, 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, after Nick Lowery was released in a salary-cap move.[6] He registered 25 of 30 field goals (83.3%).

In 1995, he made 24 of 30 field goals (80%), contributing to the team going 13–3 in the regular season and clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, making them heavy favorites. But 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.[7] He suffered a late-season swoon, as his final miss against the Colts was his ninth missed kick in five games.

On February 16, 1996, the Chiefs decided not to make him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent, effectively releasing him, even though he had an 81.7% field goal accuracy during his two seasons, ranking as the second-most accurate kicker in Chiefs history.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On August 1, 1996, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent.[8] He was released before the season started on August 20.[9]

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 February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Lin Elliott adds to family legacy with induction to Texas Tech Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Footing the bill". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cowboys settle for 13–13 tie after Elliott misses 4 field goals". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Two misses against Buffalo cost kicker Elliott job with Dallas". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Chiefs unload Lowery in favor of Elliott". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bono, Elliott fail in biggest game". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vikings take chance on kicker Elliott". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ex-Chief Elliott Axed by Vikings". Retrieved February 11, 2018.