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Harrison Butker (born July 14, 1995) is an American football kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His nickname is Butt Kicker, which is a play on words of his last name and being a kicker.[1]

Harrison Butker
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Butker with the Chiefs in 2017.
No. 7 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1995-07-14) July 14, 1995 (age 23)
Decatur, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:The Westminster Schools
(Atlanta, Georgia)
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 233
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Field goals made/att:62/69
Field goal %:89.9
Extra points made/att:93/97
Extra Point %:95.9
Longest field goal:54
Points:279
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Butker went to The Westminster Schools, where he played on the football team.[2] He broke the school record (at the time) for a field goal of 53 yards. He was a three sport athlete in basketball, football, and soccer, winning three state championships in soccer.

College careerEdit

Butker played at Georgia Tech from 2013 through 2016 under head coach Paul Johnson.[3] Butker is the all-time leading scorer in school history and was a captain of the team for his senior season.[4] In his collegiate career, he converted 208-of-210 extra point attempts and 43-of-60 field goal attempts.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
31 34 in
(0.81 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Carolina PanthersEdit

The Carolina Panthers selected Butker in the seventh round (233rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[6] He was the third and last kicker selected in 2017.[7] On May 5, 2017, the Panthers signed Butker to a four-year, $2.48 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $83,112.[8] He was waived on September 13, 2017 in favor of veteran Graham Gano,[9] and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[10]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

2017Edit

On September 26, 2017, Butker was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs off the Panthers' practice squad.[11] On October 2, 2017, Butker converted a game-winning field goal in his debut game against the Washington Redskins. In the following game against the Houston Texans, Butker made all five of his field goal attempts and all three extra point tries.[12] In Week 8, he converted five field goals, including a 51-yarder, in a 29–19 win over the Denver Broncos, earning himself AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and AFC Special Teams Player of the Month.[13] In his first month in the NFL he earned two NFL records: Most made field goals in a month for a rookie kicker and the only player to make five field goals in multiple games of rookie season.[14] In Week 16, Butker converted five field goals in a 29-13 win over the Miami Dolphins, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[15][16] Overall, in the 2017 season, he converted all 28 extra point attempts and 38-of-42 field goal attempts.[17] Butker was named as an alternate to the 2018 Pro Bowl.[18] He finished the season tied for fourth in scoring with Chris Boswell with 142 points.[19]

The Chiefs finished with a 10–6 record and qualified for the playoffs in the 2017 season.[20] In the Wild Card Round against the Tennessee Titans, Butker converted three extra points and missed a 48-yard field goal in the 22–21 defeat.[21]

2018Edit

In Week 2 of the 2018 season, Butker converted a career-high six extra points in the 42–37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[22]

NFL statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Overall FGs PATs Kickoffs Points
GP Blk Lng FG Att FGM Pct XP Att XPM Pct Blk KO Avg TB Ret Avg
2017 KC 13 0 53 42 38 90.5 28 28 100 0 78 64.2 61 17 18.7 142
Total 13 0 53 42 38 90.5 28 28 100 0 78 64.2 61 17 18.7 142

NFL recordsEdit

  • Most field goals made by a rookie: 38[23]

Chiefs franchise recordsEdit

  • Most field goals made, season: 38 (2017)[24]
  • Most field goals attempted by a rookie: 42[25]
  • Most field goals made in first two seasons: 62[26]
  • Most points by a rookie: 142[27]
  • Most points by a kicker, season: 142 (2017)[28]
  • Most points by a player in first two seasons: 279[29]
  • Highest field goal percentage by a rookie (min. 20 attempts): 90.5[30]
  • Most games, 2+ field goals made, season (tied with other 3 players): 10 (2017)[31]
  • Most games, 3+ field goals made, season: 8 (2017)[32]
  • Most games, 4+ field goals made, season: 4 (2017)[33]
  • Most games, 5+ field goals made, season: 3 (2017)[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Butker is married with one child.[35]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andy Reid has the most hilarious nickname for the new Chiefs kicker". USAToday.com.
  2. ^ Sheehan, John. "Westminster alum Harrison Butker reflects on kicking career". The Westminster Bi-Line. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Harrison Butker College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "ISyE". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Harrison Butker". nfl.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Henson, Max (April 29, 2017). "Panthers draft Harrison Butker in seventh round". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Spotrac.com: Harrison Butker contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Voth, Bill (September 13, 2017). "Panthers claim cornerback LaDarius Gunter". Panthers.com.
  10. ^ Strickland, Bryan (September 14, 2017). "Panthers claim OT John Theus". Panthers.com.
  11. ^ Kissel, BJ (September 26, 2017). "Chiefs Place Kicker Cairo Santos on Injured Reserve, Sign Harrison Butker". Chiefs.com.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans - October 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - October 30th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Lam, Quang M. (November 1, 2017). "Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster among Players of Week". NFL.com.
  15. ^ Maya, Adam (December 27, 2017). "Todd Gurley, Dion Lewis among NFL Players of Week". NFL.com.
  16. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs - December 24th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "Harrison Butker 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "6 Chiefs named as 2018 Pro Bowl alternates". usatoday.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "2017 NFL Scoring Summary". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  20. ^ "2017 Kansas City Chiefs Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  21. ^ "Wild Card - Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - January 6th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  22. ^ "Chiefs' Harrison Butker: Tallies six points". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Most FG made by a rookie". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  24. ^ "Most FG made Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "Most FG Att by a rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  26. ^ "Most FG made in first two seasons Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  27. ^ "Most points by a rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  28. ^ "Most points by a kicker season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  29. ^ "Most points in first two seasons Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  30. ^ "Highest FG percentage rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  31. ^ "Most games 2+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  32. ^ "Most games 3+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  33. ^ "Most games 4+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  34. ^ "Most games 5+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  35. ^ Harrison Butker [@buttkicker7] (February 10, 2019). "Marriage" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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