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William Ambrose Cundiff (born March 30, 1980) is a former American football placekicker. He played college football for Drake University, and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2002.

Billy Cundiff
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Cundiff with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011
No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 39)
Valley Center, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Harlan (IA) Community
College:Drake
Undrafted:2002
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals:182
Field goal attempts:239
Field goal %:76.2
Longest field goal:56
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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College careerEdit

Cundiff played for the Drake Bulldogs football team of Drake University, where he broke five Pioneer Football League (PFL) career records including most points (284), field goals (49) and points after touchdown (137). He made eight field goals over 50 yards during his career with the Bulldogs, including a PFL-record 62-yarder as a junior in 2000 against San Diego.[1] He also was part of the Drake University Men's Basketball team. He played sparingly, partly due to several members of the team being ruled academically ineligible. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 2003. He was presented the highest honor for a student-athlete at the university when he received the Drake Double D Award on February 12, 2012.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Cundiff was brought to the 2002 training camp as an undrafted free agent, and won out over incumbent Tim Seder as the team's kicker. As a rookie, he won the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award, after making a 48-yard field goal on the game’s final play for a 13-10 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

He tied a then-record seven field goals in a game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football on September 15, 2003.[1] That year, he became the second player (Chris Boniol was first) in team history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in a season.[2]

In 2005, which would have been his fourth season with the team, he was waived/injured during training camp following a quadriceps injury, and briefly replaced by kickoff specialist José Cortéz, who had not been expected to make the team. Cundiff was later re-signed on November 19, 2005 (directly following the mandatory period after an injury waiver) having recovered from his training camp injury. He replaced kicker Shaun Suisham, in the hope of providing greater consistency to the Cowboys' special teams. In his first game back with the Cowboys, Cundiff made a 56-yard field goal at the end of the first half to set a record for longest field goal in franchise history. Cundiff played six games that season before being released by the Cowboys on December 26, 2005 after missing two field goals in a critical game against the Carolina Panthers. The Cowboys re-signed Suisham to replace him for the season finale.[2]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On February 15, 2006, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Cundiff to a contract, but he was released after kicker Matt Bryant was re-signed.[3]

Green Bay PackersEdit

Cundiff signed with the Green Bay Packers on March 28, 2006, and was expected to compete with Dave Rayner for the starting kicking position before being cut by Green Bay on August 17.[4]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On November 22, 2006, the New Orleans Saints signed Cundiff as a kickoff specialist, easing the workload of veteran John Carney.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

After being released by the Saints, Cundiff signed with the Atlanta Falcons on May 4, 2007. He was released at the end of the preseason after losing the starting job to Matt Prater.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

In January 2008, Cundiff was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to a two-year contract. He was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Detroit LionsEdit

Cundiff was signed by the Detroit Lions on August 26, 2009 after an injury to placekicker Jason Hanson. He was cut by the team on September 5, 2009.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns on September 26, 2009 after an injury to placekicker Phil Dawson.[3] Cundiff beat out Matt Bryant in a workout with the Browns and was signed after the Browns first choice of Matt Stover declined to sign with the team.[4] In week 5 of the 2009 NFL season, Cundiff hit the game-winning field goal to help the Browns beat the Buffalo Bills, 6-3. He was waived by the team on November 3, 2009.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Cundiff was brought in by the Baltimore Ravens for a workout on November 10, 2009[5] and was signed on November 18, 2009[6] to replace Steve Hauschka, who was waived on November 17.[7]

Cundiff re-signed with the Ravens to return for the 2010 season. Cundiff was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl as the AFC placekicker after successfully completing 26 of 29 field goal attempts and a league-high 40 touchbacks. On January 2, 2011, Cundiff recorded his league-leading 40th touchback, which tied the NFL record set by Mitch Berger. Cundiff played at home in the outdoor M&T Bank Stadium and set the record after the instatement of the K-ball rule. He averaged 71.1 yards per kickoff to lead the league and had touchbacks on 51.3% of his kickoffs.

Cundiff signed a five-year, $15 million contract to become Baltimore's long-term kicker on January 23, 2011.[8]

Perhaps the most famous kick of Cundiff's career, in the closing seconds of the 2011 AFC Championship Game on January 22, 2012 against the New England Patriots, Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that would have tied the game, and the Ravens lost 23–20.[9]

Cundiff was released by the Ravens on August 26, 2012;[10] he was replaced by rookie kicker Justin Tucker.[11]

Washington RedskinsEdit

Cundiff was signed by the Washington Redskins on August 28, 2012.[12][13] In Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, he attempted a 62-yard field goal on the last play of the game to put the game into overtime, but missed.[14] Two weeks later against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after being zero for three in his field goal attempts, which consisted of a 41-yard, 57-yard, and 31-yard attempts, Cundiff made a 41-yard field goal in the last play of the game allowing the Redskins to win 24-22.[15][16]

On October 9, 2012, Kai Forbath was signed to replace Cundiff, who was subsequently released.[17]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

Cundiff signed with the San Francisco 49ers on January 1, 2013 to compete with struggling veteran David Akers.[18]

However, Akers performed well enough to keep the starting job, and Cundiff was left off the postseason roster and released 17 days later on January 18, 2013.[19]

New York JetsEdit

Cundiff was signed by the New York Jets on July 23, 2013 to compete with incumbent Jets kicker Nick Folk.[20] He was released by the Jets on August 27, 2013.[21]

Cleveland Browns (second stint)Edit

Cundiff returned to the Cleveland Browns on September 3, 2013 after the Browns made roster cuts and released all of their kickers, including Shayne Graham. On March 6, 2014, Cundiff was re-signed for the next year for just over $1 million. He made 80 percent of his field goals and 100 percent of his extra points last year. On September 14, 2014, Cundiff kicked a game-winning field goal against the New Orleans Saints with three seconds remaining. He did the same on November 23 against the Atlanta Falcons.[22] After sustaining a knee injury on December 11, 2014, Cundiff was subsequently released on December 13, 2014, with an injury settlement.[23] In the five games prior to his release, Cundiff missed at least one field goal in each game.[23]

Buffalo BillsEdit

Cundiff was signed by the Buffalo Bills on October 7, 2015. He was ostensibly signed as a kickoff specialist to replace Jordan Gay.[24] Cundiff was released by the Bills on October 13, 2015.[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Cundiff is married to his college sweetheart, Nicole. The couple have three children.

In July 2007, Cundiff enrolled in a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. He graduated with his MBA from ASU in May 2009.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Drake's to honor Billy Cundiff, Dani Tyler and Jerry Pezzetti with Double D Award," Des Moines Register, Friday, February 3, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/article-NickEatman/Harris-Takes-Home-NFC-Special-Teams-Award-For-2nd-Time-/d2d473ce-2026-49bd-a3e7-2d5f5db5aca2
  3. ^ "Twitter / AdamSchefter: From ESPN: With Phil Dawson". Twitter.com. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Dawson out, Cundiff in for Cleveland | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Hensley, Jamison (November 10, 2009). "Ravens bring two kickers in for tryouts". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 10, 2009.
  6. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/11/Ravens_Sign_Cundiff.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/11/Press_Release_-_Hauschka_Released.aspx
  8. ^ "Source: Ravens, Cundiff agree". ESPN.com. January 23, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Tom Brady, missed FG vault Patriots past stunned Ravens, into Super Bowl". ESPN.com. January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  10. ^ "Baltimore Ravens release kicker Billy Cundiff". USA Today. August 26, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  11. ^ "Ravens sign undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker". The Baltimore Sun. May 29, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  12. ^ "Washington Redskins sign Billy Cundiff - source - ESPN". Espn.go.com. August 28, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  13. ^ Jones, Mike (August 28, 2012). "Redskins sign Billy Cundiff, release Graham Gano". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  14. ^ Jones, Mike (September 16, 2012). "Josh Morgan: 'I should've just kept my calm'". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  15. ^ Jones, Mike (September 30, 2012). "Redskins' Billy Cundiff goes from despair to redemption with one swing of his leg". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  16. ^ Maske, Mark (October 3, 2012). "Billy Cundiff says he's moved on from misses in Tampa". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  17. ^ "Report: Billy Cundiff and Washington Redskins Have Parted Ways". NFL News. October 9, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  18. ^ Hanzus, Dan (January 1, 2013). "Billy Cundiff signs with 49ers, could push David Akers". National Football League. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "NFL: 49ers release kicker Billy Cundiff". The Associated Press.
  20. ^ Frankel, Charlie (July 23, 2013). "Jets Sign Cundiff to Kick vs. Folk in Camp". New York Jets. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  21. ^ Lange, Randy (August 27, 2013). "Billy Cundiff Released, Dan Carpenter Signed". New York Jets. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  22. ^ "Cleveland Browns Prepare for Free Agency by Transitioning Alex Mack, Re-signing Billy Cundiff". Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  23. ^ a b Browns waive kicker Billy Cundiff www.espn.com, Retrieved December 13, 2014
  24. ^ "Bills sign K Billy Cundiff and WR Denarius Moore". BuffaloBills.com. Buffalo Bills.
  25. ^ "Bills sign QB Josh Johnson; K Cundiff released". Buffalo Bills. Buffalo Bills. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  1. ^ Game Recap from Record-Tying Game Retrieved October 21, 2007.
  2. ^ Billy Cundiff NFL players profile Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Cowboys release Cundiff, re-sign Suisham for finale, ESPN.com Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  4. ^ Tampa Bay signs kicker Cundiff as insurance, ESPN.com Retrieved June 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Billy Cundiff news on Yahoo! Sports Retrieved August 23, 2006.

External linksEdit

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