Marquette King

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Marquette King
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King with the Oakland Raiders in 2015
No. 7 Oakland Raiders
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-26) October 26, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Macon, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Macon (GA) Rutland
College: Fort Valley State
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2016
Punts: 357
Punting yards: 16,671
Average punt: 46.7
Inside 20: 128
Player stats at NFL.com

Marquette King Jr.[1] (born October 26, 1988) is an American football punter for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Fort Valley State.[2] King is the only current African-American punter in the NFL and is only the fifth African-American to exclusively play punter in NFL history.[3]

Early life[edit]

King was born and raised in Macon, Georgia by his parents, Audrey and Marquette King Sr. He has a younger sister named Jasmine. He began punting in high school. As a child, he loved football and wanted to become a wide receiver. King practiced after his football practices at Ruthland High School and asked teammates to join. After having his teammates decline his invitation, he decided to try punting during his free time, challenging himself to see how far he could kick. His high school coach soon learned of his ability and named him--in addition to his role as wide receiver--the team's punter.[4]

College career[edit]

King attended Fort Valley State University where he was originally recruited as a wide receiver. However, he could not find playing time at the position. During his junior year, when his new head coach learned that King practiced punting in his spare time, he threatened to revoke King's scholarship unless he became a full-time punter.[3] In his senior year, King was an All-First Team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member and the 2011 FVSU Wildcats Most Valuable Player. During the 2011 season, King punted 80 yards against Bethune-Cookman University. During the 2011 season, King led the SIAC Conference in punting with a 43 yards per punt average, with 21 punts landing inside his opponents' 20-yard-line. Sixteen of his punts yielded 50 yards or more.

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders had King audition for the team. On April 29, 2012, the Oakland Raiders signed King to a three-year, $1.36 million contract.[5] In training camp, King took most of the punting snaps due to an earlier injury to veteran Shane Lechler. King impressed the coaches enough to be kept on the roster but was placed on injured reserve for the entire 2012 NFL season.

With Lechler signing a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans, King competed for the Oakland Raiders punting job during the 2013 preseason with experienced veteran Chris Kluwe. King won the punting job, and Kluwe was cut at the conclusion of the preseason.

On March 11, 2015, King signed a one-year, $1.54 million contract to remain with the Oakland Raiders.

On February 29, 2016, the Raiders signed King to a five-year, $16.50 million extension with $12.50 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $250,000.[5][6] On September 23, 2016, King was fined $18,231 for a touchdown saving horse collar tackle on Eric Weems during a Week 2 game against the Atlanta Falcons.[7] He is also well known for his sultry dances after punts.

Career statistics[edit]

Led the league
General Punting
Season Team GP Punts Yards Y/P Long Blck
2012 Oakland 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2013 Oakland 16 84 4,107 48.9 66 2
2014 Oakland 16 109 4,930 45.2 62 0
2015 Oakland 16 83 3,697 44.5 70 1
2016 Oakland 16 81 3,937 48.6 72 0
Career 64 357 16,671 46.7 72 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sperber, Jeff (April 19, 2012). "NFL Prospect Marquette King Interview: A New Breed of Punter". www.footballnation.com. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Oakland Raiders: Marquette King". Oakland Raiders. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Wallace, Carvell (5 February 2016). "Marquette King Is the N.F.L.’s Only Black Punter. How Come?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Jeff Sperber (April 19, 2012). "NFL Prospect: Marquette King: A new breed of punter". footballnation.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Sportrac.com: Marquette King contract". sportrac.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan (February 29, 2016). "Marquette King inks long-term extension with Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ Reed, Jesse. "Raiders P Marquette King fined over $18K for horse collar tackle". Sportsnaut. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 

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