Nick Folk

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Nick Folk
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Folk with the New York Jets in 2016
No. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-05) November 5, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Hollywood, California[1]
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Sherman Oaks (CA) Notre Dame
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Field goals: 239
Field goal attempts: 294
Field goal %: 81.3
Career long: 56
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Folk (born November 5, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona. Folk was selected to be the NFC kicker in the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2007. He also spent seven seasons with the New York Jets, ranking second on the franchise's all-time points list with 729.

Early years[edit]

Folk played high school football at Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California, where as a senior, he was named "All-CIF" as a punter and second-team as a placekicker.

College career[edit]

Folk played college football at the University of Arizona and became the starter as a sophomore. The longest field goal of his college career, 52-yards, came in 2005 against USC. During his sophomore year, he also took over the punting duties in addition to his kicking duties.[2]

He earned All-Pac-10 honors as a senior.[2] He finished his college career after making 30-of-47 field goals, 79-of-81 extra points and 96 punts for 4,242 yards (44.2 avg.), including a long of 61 yards.

Professional career[edit]

A football player
Folk (center) with the Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Folk during the 2008 season.

2007: Rookie season[edit]

Folk was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.[3] Folk made the longest kick of his career to that point, a 53-yard game winner against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football during his rookie season.[4] That season, he became the first Cowboys rookie Pro Bowl kicker, after being selected to serve as the NFC's kicker during the 2008 Pro Bowl, having gone 26-31 in field goal attempts and making all 53 extra points he attempted during the season.[5] Folk also broke the Cowboys single-season record for most points by a placekicker (131) during his rookie season.[6]

2008 season[edit]

In 2008, Folk continued his strong performance as he made 91% of his kicks and once again made all of his extra point attempts.[7] Following the 2008 season, Folk discovered an issue with his hip that the Cowboys medical personnel identified as an issue with his flexor, but the prescribed treatment did not resolve the matter.[8] After conducting more tests, it was discovered that Folk had a torn labrum[8] and underwent surgery in May 2009.[9] The proper recovery time would have had Folk returning sometime at the beginning of training camp but Folk rushed his rehab and as a result his hip did not heal properly.[8]

2009 season[edit]

Folk struggled as he entered his third season with the Cowboys in 2009. His performance was erratic, evidenced by the fact that he only made 64.3% of his field goals, converting 18 out of 28 opportunities.[7] On December 19, 2009, Folk attempted a 23-yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints that would have increased the Cowboys lead to ten. However, he missed as the ball hit the goal post.[10] Although the Cowboys won the game, the team lost faith in Folk and he was waived on December 21, and was replaced by Shaun Suisham.[6][10]

New York Jets[edit]

2010 season[edit]

On February 23, Folk signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets.[11] Head coach Rex Ryan mocked Folk's early performances during the team's offseason workouts,[12] however, after working out with special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff, who helped refine Folk's kicking technique after allowing his hip to fully recover, Folk began to gain consistency once again.[8][13]

On October 11, Folk became the first Jets kicker to kick five field goals in a home game since Pat Leahy achieved the feat in 1984.[14] Folk set a franchise record for the longest kick, making a career long kick of 56 yards against the Denver Broncos on October 17.[15]

During the 2010 season, Folk converted 30 field goals out of 39 opportunities. During the AFC Wild Card Round against the Indianapolis Colts on January 8, 2011, Folk kicked the game-winning field goal with only 3 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter,[16] helping the team make their 2nd straight AFC Championship where they would end up losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2011 season[edit]

During opening night on September 11, 2011, Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal with 27 seconds left to give the Jets a 27-24 victory over his former team, the Dallas Cowboys.[17] During the 2011 season, Folk converted 19 field goals out of 25 opportunities.

2012 season[edit]

Folk (left) playing for the New York Jets in 2012.

On March 14, Folk was re-signed by the Jets. During the 2012 season, Folk converted 21 field goals out of 27 opportunities.

2013 season[edit]

In the preseason, Folk beat out Billy Cundiff for the Jets' starting kicker role. In the first game of the season, with 7 seconds left in the game, Folk successfully kicked a field goal from 48 yards to give the Jets an 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 5, Folk kicked the game winning field goal as time expired in a 30-28 win at the Atlanta Falcons. During a AFC East rivalry game against the New England Patriots in Week 7, Folk kicked another gaming-winning field goal to give the Jets a 30-27 overtime victory.

Folk's career-high and Jets record of 23 consecutive field goals made was snapped after missing from 48 yards during a 14-37 loss against the Bills. He established a franchise record in field goal percentage (91.7), after making 33-of-36 field goal attempts and his 23 consecutive field goals also ranked second in Jets history.

2014 season[edit]

Set to become a free agent during the 2014 offseason, it was announced on February 28, 2014, that the Jets had placed the franchise tag on Folk.[18] On March 10, it was announced that Nick Folk had signed a 4-year, $12 million contract.[19] He led the league in field goal attempts (39), tied for third in field goals made (32), and set a franchise record for the longest field goal made at home (55-yards).

2015 season[edit]

In pregame warm-ups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he suffered a season-ending quad injury. On November 10, 2015, Folk was placed on the team's injured reserve.[20] In 8 games, he finished the year making 13 field goals out of 16 opportunities. He also made all 19 extra point attempts.

2016 season[edit]

Returning from a quad injury, Folk played all 16 games in the 2016 season, making 27 field goals out of 31 opportunities. He also made 24 extra points out of 26 opportunities.

On February 23, 2017, he was released in a salary cap move, at the time he ranked on the franchise’s all-time list second in points made (729), second in field goals made (175) and first in field goal percentage (81.3).[21]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On March 17, 2017, Folk was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to compete with the previous year second-round draft choice Roberto Aguayo.[22]

Career awards and highlights[edit]

  • Pro Bowl (2007)
  • PFWA All-NFC (2007)
  • 3× AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5, 2010, Week 1, 2013, Week 9, 2013)
  • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5, 2007)
  • Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 5, 2007)
  • PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team (2007)

Personal life[edit]

Folk was born to Anton and Kathryn Folk.[1] His father, who was born in Austria to Bavarian parents, is an accountant.[1] Folk's mother is a pediatrician and direct descendant of William Bradford, an original Mayflower passenger and governor of the Plymouth Colony.[8] Nick Folk and his younger brothers, Erik and Gregory, are dual citizens of the United States and Germany, where his father grew up.[1]

Erik was the placekicker for the University of Washington Huskies football team through the 2011 season.[23] Gregory Folk was a soccer player for UCLA[24] and has played for Los Angeles Galaxy. The Folks' cousin, Blake Robinson, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when at eighteen months of age.[25] Folk partnered with the Children's Tumor Foundation to support the research of NF.[25]

Folk majored in marketing at Arizona.[1] He is an avid soccer fan, attends New York Red Bulls games, and is a member of the Viking Army Supporters Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Nick Folk". University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Nick Folk Kicks Way to Pro Bowl". University of Arizona Wildcats Official Athletic Site. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sixth Round: Cowboys Select K Nick Folk". Ranch Report. April 29, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys overcome Romo's INTs, rally in final seconds to stun Bills". ESPN.com. October 8, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hofeditz, Jordan (September 20, 2008). "Cowboys Kicker Picking Up Where He Left Off". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Nick Folk Released; Cowboys Snag Shaun Suisham". The Landry Hat. December 21, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Nick Folk NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Graham, Tim (August 20, 2010). "Cardiac kid: Nick Folk gets pumping again". ESPN (AFC East Blog). Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ Associated Press (May 7, 2009). "Folk has hip surgery". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Suisham in, Folk out in Dallas". ESPN.com. December 21, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Schefter, Adam (February 23, 2010). "Jets sign Folk to one-year contract". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ Graham, Tim (May 20, 2010). "What a joke: Ryan can only laugh at Folk". ESPN (AFC East Blog). Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  13. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (August 5, 2010). "Jets kicker Nick Folk can see improvement after offseason tweaks". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
  14. ^ Zimmerman, Lisa (October 12, 2010), "So Far, So Good", TheJetsBlog.com, SNY, archived from the original on October 16, 2010, retrieved October 16, 2010 
  15. ^ Cimini, Rich (October 17, 2010), "The Folk hero -- again", ESPNNewYork.com, ESPN.com, archived from the original on October 18, 2010, retrieved October 18, 2010 
  16. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=youngmisuk_ohm&id=6043166
  17. ^ "Jets overcome deficit in 4th, top Cowboys on Folk's 50-yarder". Los Angeles Times. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Nick Folk receives franchise tag from New York Jets". NFL.com. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/10591203/new-york-jets-re-sign-kicker-nick-folk-multiyear-contract
  20. ^ Sessler, Marc (November 10, 2015). "Jets sign Randy Bullock, put Nick Folk on IR". NFL.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ Allen, Eric (February 23, 2017). "Jets Part Ways with K Nick Folk". NewYorkJets.com. 
  22. ^ "Buccaneers Sign K Nick Folk". Buccaneers.com. March 18, 2017. 
  23. ^ http://www.gohuskies.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=30200&ATCLID=208013629&SPID=126613&SPSID=749525 Huskies Can Thank Soccer For Delivering Their Folk Hero
  24. ^ Greg Folk profile at UCLA website
  25. ^ a b "Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Kicker, Nick Folk, to Kick for a Cure to NF", CTF.org, Children’s Tumor Foundation, archived from the original on October 18, 2010, retrieved October 18, 2010 

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