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Harrison Butker

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 24)
Decatur, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 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 7, 2019
Field goals made/att:76/85
Field goal %:89.4
Extra points made/att:115/120
Extra Point %:95.8
Longest field goal:54
Touchbacks:166
Player stats at NFL.com

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]

Early years

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 career

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 career

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)
205 lb
(93 kg)
 in
(0.81 m)
 in
(0.22 m)
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Carolina Panthers

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 Chiefs

2017

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]

2018

In Week 2, Butker converted a career-high six extra points in the 42-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[22] Overall, in the 2018 season, he converted 65 of 69 extra point attempts and 24 of 27 field goal attempts.[23]

2019

On April 15, 2019, Butker signed his exclusive rights free agent tender with the Chiefs. The tender gave him a one-year contract worth $645,000.[24] On June 13, 2019, he signed a five-year extension worth $20.3 million.[25] In Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings, Butker made two extra points and four field goal attempts, including a 44-yard game-winner, in the 26-23 win, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[26][27]

NFL statistics

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 0 78 64.2 61 17 18.7 142
2018 KC 16 0 54 27 24 88.9 69 65 94.2 1 110 64.3 72 35 22.7 137
2019 KC 10 1 54 27 23 85.2 31 29 93.5 0
Total 29 0 54 69 62 89.9 97 93 95.9 1 188 64.2 133 52 21.4 279


NFL records

  • Most field goals made by a rookie: 38[28]

Chiefs franchise records

  • Most field goals made, season: 38 (2017)[29]
  • Most field goals attempted by a rookie: 42[30]
  • Most field goals made in first two seasons: 62[31]
  • Most points by a rookie: 142[32]
  • Most points by a kicker, season: 142 (2017)[33]
  • Most points by a player in first two seasons: 279[34]
  • Highest field goal percentage by a rookie (min. 20 attempts): 90.5[35]
  • Most games, 2+ field goals made, season (tied with other 3 players): 10 (2017)[36]
  • Most games, 3+ field goals made, season: 8 (2017)[37]
  • Most games, 4+ field goals made, season: 4 (2017)[38]
  • Most games, 5+ field goals made, season: 3 (2017)[39]

Personal life

Butker is married with one child.[40] He is a Traditional Catholic and sometimes serves the Traditional Latin Mass at his local parish.[41]

References

  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 2018.
  3. ^ "Harrison Butker College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "ISyE". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Harrison Butker". nfl.com. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "2017 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Henson, Max (April 29, 2017). "Panthers draft Harrison Butker in seventh round". Panthers.com. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Spotrac.com: Harrison Butker contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved 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. Archived from the original on May 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans - October 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - October 30th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Lam, Quang M. (November 1, 2017). "Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster among Players of Week". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Maya, Adam (December 27, 2017). "Todd Gurley, Dion Lewis among NFL Players of Week". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs - December 24th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "Harrison Butker 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Roesch, Wesley. "6 Chiefs named as 2018 Pro Bowl alternates". USA Today. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "2017 NFL Scoring Summary". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "2017 Kansas City Chiefs Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Wild Card - Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - January 6th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Chiefs' Harrison Butker: Tallies six points". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Harrison Butker 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Chiefs' Harrison Butker: Remaining with Chiefs". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ Scott, Jelani (June 13, 2019). "Chiefs sign Harrison Butker to 5-year, $20M extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ "Butker's late FGs help Chiefs rally past Vikings, 26-23". www.espn.com. November 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (November 6, 2019). "Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  28. ^ "Most FG made by a rookie". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "Most FG made Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  30. ^ "Most FG Att by a rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  31. ^ "Most FG made in first two seasons Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "Most points by a rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ "Most points by a kicker season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  34. ^ "Most points in first two seasons Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ "Highest FG percentage rookie Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  36. ^ "Most games 2+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  37. ^ "Most games 3+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  38. ^ "Most games 4+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  39. ^ "Most games 5+ FG season Chiefs". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  40. ^ Harrison Butker [@buttkicker7] (February 10, 2019). "Marriage" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  41. ^ "American Football Player Speaks of His Faith". The Marian Room. Retrieved 2019.

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