Justin Medlock

Justin Charles Medlock (born October 23, 1983) is an American professional football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and earned consensus All-American honors. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Medlock has also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, as well as the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).

Justin Medlock
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Medlock while playing for the Blue Bombers in 2017
Personal information
Born: (1983-10-23) October 23, 1983 (age 39)
Fremont, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission San Jose (CA)
College:UCLA
Position:Kicker
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Field goals made:8
Field goal attempts:12
Field goal %:66.7
Long field goal:45
Career CFL statistics
Field goals made:283
Field goal attempts:329
Field goal %:86.0
Long field goal:58
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Early yearsEdit

Medlock was born in Fremont, California. He attended Mission San Jose High School In Fremont, and played for the Mission San Jose Warriors high school football team as both a punter and placekicker. Medlock was ranked ninth in the country and was all-county and all-league at both positions. He averaged 43.1 yards per punt as a punter and made 11 out of 19 field goals in his junior and senior years.

College careerEdit

Medlock attended University of California, Los Angeles, where he played for the UCLA Bruins football team from 2003 to 2006. He set a UCLA career record with six field goals of fifty yards or more, and was a four-year letterman. Overall, he completed 70 field goals on 80 attempts, and 147 of 148 extra point attempts. As a senior in 2006, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Medlock was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 160th overall pick. Medlock was thought to go into the preseason competing with Lawrence Tynes for the kicking job, but the Chiefs traded Tynes to the New York Giants, thus making Medlock the de facto starter. Medlock was inconsistent in the preseason, making 3 of 6 kicks; the Chiefs released Medlock on September 10, 2007, after he converted a 27-yard field goal and missed on a 30-yard attempt in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, and signed Dave Rayner as a replacement.[1]

St. Louis RamsEdit

On February 11, 2008, Medlock signed with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams allowed Medlock to seek a trade after the signing of Josh Brown.[2] He was later released on August 26, 2008.

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

 
Medlock with the Argonauts in 2009.

Medlock signed with the Toronto Argonauts on April 16, 2009[3] and competed with fellow new import kicker Eddie Johnson for the kicking spot vacated by the retirement of Mike Vanderjagt. At the end of training camp, the Argos elected to keep both kickers and coach Bart Andrus elected to start Johnson for game one and placed Medlock on the practice roster. Johnson, however, was injured on the opening kickoff when he separated his shoulder when tackling the return man and Medlock was slated to kick for game two of the 2009 Toronto Argonauts season.[4]

On August 14, 2009, Medlock scored seven field goals, tying Lance Chomyc's Argonauts single-game team record and just short of the league record of eight shared by Dave Ridgway, Mark McLoughlin, and Paul Osbaldiston.[5]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On February 12, 2010, the Washington Redskins signed Medlock to a future contract.[6] He was waived on June 14, 2010.

Detroit LionsEdit

On June 15, 2010, the Detroit Lions claimed him off waivers.[7] He was waived on June 29, 2010.

Omaha NighthawksEdit

Medlock was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 8, 2010.[8]

Toronto Argonauts (II)Edit

With struggles by incumbent placekicker Grant Shaw, the Toronto Argonauts elected to re-sign Medlock through the 2011 CFL season.[9] On October 12, 2010, Medlock was released by the Argonauts after the team traded for kicker Noel Prefontaine.

Edmonton EskimosEdit

On October 14, 2010, Medlock was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos.[10]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

On March 21, 2011, Medlock was traded by the Eskimos to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He enjoyed a strong 2011 season with Hamilton, making 49 of 55 field goals while also handling punting and kickoff duties. He became a free agent on February 15, 2012.

Carolina PanthersEdit

Medlock signed a 3-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 7, 2012.[11] On November 20, 2012, after missing field goals in 3 straight games, Medlock was waived by the Carolina Panthers.[12]

Oakland RaidersEdit

On August 27, 2013, he was signed by the Oakland Raiders.[13] On August 31, 2013, he was waived by the Raiders.[14]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)Edit

On January 8, 2014, Medlock signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[15]

 
Medlock raises the Grey Cup during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2019 championship parade while wearing a Teemu Selanne jersey.

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Medlock signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on February 9, 2016.[16] Medlock set career highs in made field goals (60), attempts (68) and longest field-goal (58 yards) during the 2016 season. Following the season he was named the West Division nominee for Special Teams Player of the Year.[17] He was named a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career, and was named CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player for the 2016 season.[18] Following the season he was re-signed by the Bombers, preventing him from becoming a free-agent in February 2017.[19] Medlock continued his strong play for the following two seasons, punting the ball 200 times (average of 44.1 yards per kick) while converting 98 of 117 field goal attempts (83.8%). On January 7, 2019, Medlock and the Bombers agreed to another two-year extension.[20] Medlock's reliable foot helped lead the Blue Bombers to the 107th Grey Cup in 2019. There he kicked six field goals, tying a CFL record, as the Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup.[21][22] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and he became a free agent on February 9, 2021.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Medlock is married to LPGA golfer Hannah Jun Medlock.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Disappointed with Medlock, Chiefs sign Rayner". September 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Footnotes
  3. ^ "Argos Sign Kicker Justin Medlock From Florida Free Agent Camp". argonauts.ca. April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  4. ^ Hornby, Lance (July 6, 2009). "Argos have depth with kickers". Toronto Sun. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Lions overcome Medlock's magnificent 7". CBC Sports. August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  6. ^ "Redskins Sign Kicker Justin Medlock". Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Lions claim kicker Justin Medlock off waivers ProFootballTalk.com June 15, 2010
  8. ^ "UFL Transactions". OurSportsCentral.com. United Football League. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "Medlock back in blue". Argonauts.ca. Toronto Argonauts. September 14, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "Eskimos sign import kicker Justin Medlock". OurSportsCentral.com. October 14, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
  11. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/nfl/2012/03/07/panthers_sign_medlock/ Sportsnet.ca, 2012-03-07, Retrieved 2012-03-09
  12. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/20/panthers-cut-justin-medlock-sign-graham-gano/ NBCSports.com, 2012-11-20, Retrieved 2012-11-20
  13. ^ McDonald, Jerry (August 27, 2013). "Oakland Raiders' linebacker Miles Burris to miss at least first six games". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  14. ^ "Raiders Roster Moves". Raiders.com. August 31, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Ticats sign Medlock
  16. ^ "CFL Free Agency Live Blog: Laurent staying in Hamilton - Article - TSN". Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  17. ^ McNabb, Lauren. "Bombers kicker Justin Medlock nominated for CFL award". Global News. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "Medlock named CFL's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player". Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Bombers secure Medlock, Bryant for 2017 - Article - TSN". TSN. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Press, The Canadian (January 7, 2019). "Bombers, Medlock agree to 2-year extension - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  21. ^ Bartley Kives (November 24, 2019). "The Grey Cup drought is over, easing a city's pain". CBC Manitoba.
  22. ^ "Medlock Ties Grey Cup Record with Six Made Field Goals". CFL. November 23, 2019.
  23. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". CFL. Retrieved July 10, 2021.

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