Rackers at Redskins training camp in 2012.
|No. 5, 1, 4|
|Date of birth:||August 16, 1976|
|Place of birth:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||207 lb (94 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 169|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Neil William (Rickety) Rackers (born August 16, 1976) is a former American football player who was a placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for the University of Illinois. Rackers was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins.
Rackers attended Aquinas-Mercy High School in St. Louis, Missouri and was a student and a letterman in football, soccer, and baseball. In football, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference selection. In soccer, he led his team to consecutive State Titles and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was an All-Conference selection.
Rackers reached and or surpassed 20 touchbacks in a season twice in his career, and once had a streak of 31 consecutive field goals made before missing a 43-yarder in 2005 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On New Year's Day in 2006, Rackers kicked his 40th field goal of the season, an NFL record. He was rewarded with a spot in that year's Pro Bowl. He is also one of the few players in NFL history to attempt a fair catch kick.
Career regular season statistics
Career high/best bolded
|Regular season statistics|
|2000||Cincinnati Bengals (4–12)||16||12||21||57.1||0–0||5–5||5–9||2–7||0–0||45||2||21||21||100.0||57|
|2001||Cincinnati Bengals (6–10)||16||17||28||60.7||0–0||4–6||8–11||4–9||1–2||52||0||23||24||95.8||74|
|2002||Cincinnati Bengals (2–14)||16||15||18||83.3||2–2||5–5||3–3||3–5||2–3||54||1||30||32||93.8||75|
|2003||Arizona Cardinals (4–12)||7||9||12||75.0||0–0||5–5||1–4||3–3||0–0||49||0||8||8||100.0||35|
|2004||Arizona Cardinals (6–10)||16||22||29||75.9||0–0||6–6||5–7||6–7||5–9||55||0||28||28||100.0||94|
|2005||Arizona Cardinals (5–11)||15||40||42||95.2||0–0||11–11||10–10||13–14||6–7||54||0||20||20||100.0||140|
|2006||Arizona Cardinals (5–11)||16||28||37||75.7||0–0||11–11||9–9||7–10||1–7||50||0||32||32||100.0||116|
|2007||Arizona Cardinals (8–8)||16||21||30||70.0||2–2||5–5||6–8||5–6||3–9||52||2||47||48||97.9||110|
|2008||Arizona Cardinals (9–7)||16||25||28||89.3||0–0||9–9||9–11||6–6||1–2||54||1||44||44||100.0||119|
|2009||Arizona Cardinals (10–6)||14||16||17||94.1||0–0||4–4||6–6||6–7||0–0||48||1||37||38||97.4||85|
|2010||Houston Texans (6–10)||16||27||30||90.0||0–0||8–8||11–11||5–7||3–4||57||0||43||43||100.0||124|
|2011||Houston Texans (10–6)||16||32||38||84.2||0–0||14–14||10–11||4–8||4–5||54||1||39||40||97.5||135|
|Career (12 seasons)||180||264||330||80.0||4–4||87–89||83–100||64–89||26–48||57||8||372||378||98.4||1164|
Life away from football
Rackers is the special teams and linebackers coach at John Burroughs School in the St. Louis, Missouri area. He also owns Kick it Promos and is a radio announcer on 101 ESPN in St. Louis.
- "Houston Texans at Denver Broncos - December 26, 2010". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Rackers on Pro-Football-Reference". rbref.com. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- Maske, Mark (April 24, 2012). "Kicker Neil Rackers says he’s signed with the Redskins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Jones, Mike (August 27, 2012). "Redskins release Neil Rackers". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Boys Football — John Burroughs School". jburroughs.org. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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