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Eddy Piñeiro Jr. (born September 13, 1995) is an American football placekicker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida.[1]

Eddy Piñeiro
No. 15 – Chicago Bears
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1995-09-13) September 13, 1995 (age 24)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:177 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Sunset (Miami, FL)
College:Florida
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2019
Field goals made/att:4/4
Field goal %:100%
Longest field goal:53
Points:13
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Piñeiro was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban and Nicaraguan immigrants. His father, Eddy Sr., came to the United States from Cuba at the age of 9 during the Mariel boatlift of 1980 and later had a professional soccer career with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the ASL/APSL.[2]

Piñeiro started off playing soccer like his father; he was a four-time All-Dade County pick in soccer.[3] Despite having grown up only playing soccer, he joined the Miami Sunset Senior High football team in his senior season, handling extra points and kickoffs.[3]

College career

Piñeiro signed with Florida Atlantic on a scholarship to play football, but academic issues prevented him from attending.[4] His dad encouraged him to try on football cleats and pads but with no football scholarship, Piñeiro went on to play soccer for a small junior college, ASA College.[5] In the summer of 2015, Piñeiro went to an open kicking combine at Alabama. Out of hundreds of kickers, Alabama coach Nick Saban narrowed his scholarship offers to Chris Salek and Piñeiro.[6] Piñeiro verbally committed to Alabama,[7] but later tried out for Florida and ultimately that was where he chose to play.[8]

During his final year of college, Piñeiro had the best field goal percentage in the nation, 94.4% (17/18).[1] He finished his career with an 88.4% (38-for-43) field goal conversion rate, which ranks first in school history (min. 35 attempts) as he passed Bobby Raymond (87.8%, 43/49, 1983–84.) His 38 made field goals place him sixth all-time in school history. He also connected on 16 straight field goals to close the 2017 season, which tied Jeff Chandler (2001) for the second-longest streak in program history.[1] He played for the Gators during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[9]

Professional career

Oakland Raiders

Piñeiro declared for the 2018 NFL Draft early after only two seasons with the Gators, only to go undrafted. He signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2018.[10] He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2018.[11]

Chicago Bears

On May 6, 2019, Piñeiro was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.[12]

On August 24, 2019, in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, Piñeiro connected on field goals from 21 yards and 58 yards away. He also went 2-for-2 on extra points.[13] Piñeiro finished the 2019 preseason connecting on 8-of-9 field goals and 3-of-4 extra points. His misses included a 48-yard field goal attempt against the Carolina Panthers on August 8, 2019, and a missed extra point attempt against the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2019.[14]

In the first game of the 2019 regular season against the Green Bay Packers, Piñeiro made his first NFL field goal on a 38-yard kick. The field goal ended up being the only points the Bears scored as they lost 10–3.[15] During Week 2, Piñeiro kicked a gaming-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bears a 16–14 win over the Denver Broncos.[16] He also made a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Eddy Pineiro". floridagators.com. University Athletic Association. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Carter, Scott (September 9, 2016). "A Kicker's Tale: Eddy Pineiro On His Way With Gators". floridagators.com. University Athletic Association. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Eddy Pineiro". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "How a 'flipping kicker' became a Florida cult hero". ESPN.com. December 1, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Paskal, Eddie. "Eddy Piñeiro Talks Range, Unique Journey To The NFL". Raiders.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Bonilla, Sergio (June 2, 2017). "Former soccer player getting his kicks with Gator football". Miami's Community Newspapers.
  7. ^ Champlin, Drew (June 11, 2015). "Kicker Eddy Pineiro commits to Alabama". AL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Zenitz, Matt (December 15, 2015). "Kicker Eddy Pineiro decommits from Alabama". AL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Eddy Pineiro". ESPN.com.
  10. ^ "Raiders Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings". Raiders.com. May 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Oakland Raiders announce roster transactions - 9.1.18". Raiders.com. September 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Sources: Bears trade for Raiders kicker Pineiro". ESPN. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  13. ^ Finley, Patrick (August 24, 2019). "Bears' Eddy Pineiro makes 58-yard field goal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Wiltfong Jr., Lester A. (August 9, 2019). "The Fry and Pineiro show". Windy City Gridiron. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  15. ^ "Packers D, Aaron Rodgers beat Bears 10-3 in opener". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 5, 2019. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Bears' Pineiro boots 53-yard FG to beat Broncos". ESPN.com. September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  17. ^ Finley, Patrick (September 16, 2019). "Kicker Eddy Pineiro makes 52-yard FG to put Bears ahead". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 16, 2019.

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