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Cody Parkey (born February 19, 1992) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Auburn and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Bears.

Cody Parkey
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Parkey at the 2015 Pro Bowl
Free agent
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 27)
Jupiter, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Jupiter (Jupiter, Florida)
College:Auburn
Undrafted:2014
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Field goals made:99
Field goals attempted:118
Field goal%:83.9
Long field goal:54
Touchbacks:176
Player stats at NFL.com

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College careerEdit

Parkey played college football for the Auburn Tigers from 2010 to 2013.[1] As a freshman in 2010, he only appeared in two games but made both extra points he attempted.[2] As a sophomore in 2011, he converted 41 of 42 extra point attempts and 13 of 18 field goal attempts.[3] As a junior in 2012, he converted all 27 extra point attempts and 11 of 14 field goal attempts.[4] As a senior in 2013, he converted 66 of 67 extra point attempts and 15 of 21 field goal attempts.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Parkey signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[6] He was traded by the Colts to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back David Fluellen on August 20, 2014.[7]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

After a stellar preseason, Parkey beat out Alex Henery to be the Philadelphia Eagles kicker for the 2014 season.[8]

In 2014, Parkey set a new NFL rookie scoring record. [9] His 150 points broke Kevin Butler's 29-year-old record of 144 points set in 1985 with the Chicago Bears. Parkey tied with Stephen Gostkowski for the highest average of points scored per game in the 2014 NFL season. Parkey was named a first-alternative for the 2015 Pro Bowl. On January 18, 2015, Parkey replaced Gostkowski in the Pro Bowl due to the Patriots' involvement in Super Bowl XLIX.[10]

On September 28, 2015, Parkey was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.[11]

On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Eagles.[12]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On September 24, 2016, Parkey signed with the Cleveland Browns after an injury to Patrick Murray.[13] Parkey was waived by the Browns on September 2, 2017.[14]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On September 3, 2017, Parkey was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins.[15] In Week 2, against the Los Angeles Chargers, Parkey was awarded AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for scoring 13 of the Dolphins 19 points (four field goals and an extra point), including a 54-yard game-winning field goal.[16]

Chicago BearsEdit

 
Parkey in a game against the San Francisco 49ers in 2018

On March 14, 2018, Parkey signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.[17]

On November 11, 2018, against the Detroit Lions, Parkey had four kicks (two extra points and two field goals) strike the uprights; none went through.[18] Despite his misses, the Bears won 34–22. In Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, Parkey made 3 field goals in the 25-20 win. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.[19] Parkey ended the regular season having made 23 of 30 field goal attempts.[20]

Late in the 2018–19 NFC wild card playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, with the Bears down 16–15, Parkey had a chance to win the game on a 43-yard field goal. The Eagles called a timeout before the snap to negate Parkey's first field goal try. On his second attempt, it initially appeared that Parkey's kick was a miss as the ball hit the left upright and crossbar before landing back out into the end zone. Parkey later reacted, "I feel terrible. There's really no answer to it. I thought I hit a good ball."[21] The kick became known as the "double doink" after NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth stated immediately afterward, "Oh my goodness, the Bears' season is going to end on a double doink".[22] After the game, however, frame-by-frame replay showed that the kick was tipped by Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester, which could have caused the ball to change trajectory and lean leftward.[23] The NFL officially ruled that the kick was a blocked field goal.[21]

Five days after the miss, Parkey discussed it with anchors of NBC's Today show in an appearance, a move for which he did not get clearance from the Bears front office and received criticism from local sportswriters, fans and head coach Matt Nagy, who said in a press conference the following Monday: "We always talk about a ‘we’ and not a ‘me’ thing, and we always talk as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. I didn't necessarily think [the Today appearance] was too much of a ‘we’ thing.”[24][25]

On February 22, 2019 it was reported Parkey will be released at the start of the league year after 11 missed kicks in his first season and $3.5M guaranteed still on his 2019 contract.[26] He was officially released on March 13, 2019.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cody Parkey College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ "Cody Parkey 2010 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "Cody Parkey 2011 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cody Parkey 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cody Parkey 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Former Auburn kicker Cody Parkey signs with Indianapolis Colts
  7. ^ Colts trade Cody Parkey to Eagles for David Fluellen
  8. ^ Report: Eagles to keep kicker Cody Parkey Archived August 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Parkey breaks rookie scoring record
  10. ^ Parkey headed to the Pro Bowl
  11. ^ Sheridan, Phil. "Eagles' Parkey, Gardner to IR; Sturgis signed". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ McPherson, Chris (September 3, 2016). "Eagles Trim Roster to 53 Players". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  13. ^ "Browns sign K Cody Parkey". ClevelandBrowns.com. September 24, 2016.
  14. ^ Gribble, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Cleveland Browns Reduce Roster to 53". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  15. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  16. ^ Maya, Adam (September 20, 2017). "Tom Brady, J.J. Nelson among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  17. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 14, 2018). "Roster Moves: Bears land five unrestricted free agents". ChicagoBears.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Doink! Doink! Doink! Doink! Bears K Cody Parkey hits upright 4 times". Chicago Sun-Times. November 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Knoblach, Austin (November 21, 2018). "Samson Ebukam, Saquon Barkley among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  20. ^ "Cody Parkey: Game Logs at NFL.com".
  21. ^ a b Patra, Kevin (January 6, 2019). "Cody Parkey on missed FG: 'Thought I hit a good ball'". National Football League. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  22. ^ Strauss, Ben (January 7, 2019). "From 'double doink' to 'no, señor,' the epic soundtrack to a game-losing field goal try". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  23. ^ https://www.thisisinsider.com/cody-parkey-missed-field-goal-kobe-bryant-2019-1
  24. ^ Rogers, Phil (January 14, 2019). "Parkey's 'Today' Show Appearance Doesn't Play Well With Bears". Forbes.
  25. ^ Eurich, Matt (January 13, 2019). "Cody Parkey gets criticized for TODAY Show appearance". 247 Sports.
  26. ^ Gordon, Grant (February 22, 2019). "Bears expected to release kicker Cody Parkey". NFL.com.
  27. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 13, 2019). "Bears tender exclusive FAs, release Parkey". ChicagoBears.com.

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