Neil William Rackers (born August 16, 1976) is a former American football player who was a placekicker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He played college football for the University of Illinois. Rackers was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and also played for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins.
Rackers at Redskins training camp in 2012.
|No. 5, 1, 4|
|Born:||August 16, 1976|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||207 lb (94 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 169|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Rackers attended Aquinas-Mercy High School in St. Louis, Missouri and was a student and a letterman in football, soccer and baseball. In football, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference selection. In soccer, Rackers led his team to consecutive state titles and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was an All-Conference selection.
Rackers reached and or surpassed 20 touchbacks in a season twice in his career, and once had a streak of 31 consecutive field goals made before missing a 43-yarder in 2005 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On New Year's Day in 2006, Rackers kicked his 40th field goal of the season, an NFL record. He was rewarded with a spot in that year's Pro Bowl. He is also one of the few players in NFL history to attempt a fair catch kick.
Career regular season statisticsEdit
|Regular season statistics|
|2000||Cincinnati Bengals (4–12)||16||12||21||57.1||0–0||5–5||5–9||2–7||0–0||45||2||21||21||100.0||57|
|2001||Cincinnati Bengals (6–10)||16||17||28||60.7||0–0||4–6||8–11||4–9||1–2||52||0||23||24||95.8||74|
|2002||Cincinnati Bengals (2–14)||16||15||18||83.3||2–2||5–5||3–3||3–5||2–3||54||1||30||32||93.8||75|
|2003||Arizona Cardinals (4–12)||7||9||12||75.0||0–0||5–5||1–4||3–3||0–0||49||0||8||8||100.0||35|
|2004||Arizona Cardinals (6–10)||16||22||29||75.9||0–0||6–6||5–7||6–7||5–9||55||0||28||28||100.0||94|
|2005||Arizona Cardinals (5–11)||15||40||42||95.2||0–0||11–11||10–10||13–14||6–7||54||0||20||20||100.0||140|
|2006||Arizona Cardinals (5–11)||16||28||37||75.7||0–0||11–11||9–9||7–10||1–7||50||0||32||32||100.0||116|
|2007||Arizona Cardinals (8–8)||16||21||30||70.0||2–2||5–5||6–8||5–6||3–9||52||2||47||48||97.9||110|
|2008||Arizona Cardinals (9–7)||16||25||28||89.3||0–0||9–9||9–11||6–6||1–2||54||1||44||44||100.0||119|
|2009||Arizona Cardinals (10–6)||14||16||17||94.1||0–0||4–4||6–6||6–7||0–0||48||1||37||38||97.4||85|
|2010||Houston Texans (6–10)||16||27||30||90.0||0–0||8–8||11–11||5–7||3–4||57||0||43||43||100.0||124|
|2011||Houston Texans (10–6)||16||32||38||84.2||0–0||14–14||10–11||4–8||4–5||54||1||39||40||97.5||135|
|Career (12 seasons)||180||264||330||80.0||4–4||87–89||83–100||64–89||26–48||57||8||372||378||98.4||1164|
Life away from footballEdit
- "Houston Texans at Denver Broncos - December 26, 2010". Pro-Football-Reference.com. December 26, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- "Rackers on Pro-Football-Reference". rbref.com. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
- Maske, Mark (April 24, 2012). "Kicker Neil Rackers says he's signed with the Redskins". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Jones, Mike (August 27, 2012). "Redskins release Neil Rackers". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Boys Football — John Burroughs School". jburroughs.org. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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