The Vikings on Sunday announced the signing of punter Britton Colquitt.
Minnesota also announced that punter Matt Wile has been waived.
Colquitt is joining Minnesota after spending the past three seasons with Cleveland. He began his career with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2009 but didn’t punt for the Broncos in a game until 2010. He was with Denver until the start of the 2016 regular season when he was released and signed by the Browns.
He has 32,660 yards on 718 career punts with a gross average of 45.5 and a net average of 39.3 in 144 regular-season games. He also has appeared in 10 career postseason games.
Here are five things to know about the new Vikings punter:
1. Punting runs in the family
If the Colquitt name sounds more than familiar, there’s multiple reasons for that.
Britton’s father, Craig Colquitt, punted for the Steelers from 1978-84 and one game for the Colts in 1987. During his time with Pittsburgh, Craig Colquitt was part of two Super Bowl Champions.
Britton’s older brother, Dustin Colquitt, has spent his entire career with Kansas City since the Chiefs tabbed him in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
A cousin, Jimmy Colquitt, appeared in two games with Seattle in 1985.
Foxsports.com is among the many outlets who have reported on how the Colquitt family’s punting legacy began with someone who never had the opportunity to punt in college and was extended by a classified ad placed by the University of Tennessee in 1974.
2. Super Bowl Sundays
Britton Colquitt also has appeared in two Super Bowls, XLVIII and 50, with two far different outcomes.
The Broncos fell to the Seahawks in February 2013 but returned to the sport’s biggest stage and defeated the Panthers two years later. Britton punted eight times for 367 yards for a gross average of 45.9 yards and a net average of 45.6.
He placed two inside the Carolina 20-yard line. His first punt of the evening was a 50-yarder that flipped field position and occurred three plays before a sack fumble was returned for a touchdown.
Britton punted a total of 23 times for 1,072 yards in the Broncos three postseason games that year.
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3. League leader
Britton totaled a league-leading 4,783 gross punting yards on a whopping 101 punts during the 2011 season.
The 4,783 gross yards are the sixth-most all-time by an NFL player in one season. The 101 punts in a single season are tied for 27th all-time.
Colquitt uncorked a 79-yard punt last season in Cleveland for the longest boot in the NFL in 2018. It is tied for the 40th-longest of all-time.
4. Time at Tennessee
Britton appeared in 43 games for Tennessee from 2005-08, totaling 8,897 yards on 209 punts.
His career gross average of 42.569 edged out Dustin’s 42.567 and placed him second in school history behind Jimmy’s 43.9.
He ranked seventh in FBS in 2006 with a gross average of 44.9 yards per punt.
He was named All-SEC by coaches and the Associated Press (First Team in 2006; Second Team in 2007).
5. 2nd Knoxville Native on Roster
Britton joins safety Harrison Smith as the second native of Knoxville, Tennessee, on the Vikings roster.
Britton played high school football at Bearden where he kicked field goals and punted for three seasons. He also was a key member of the soccer team that went 25-0 in 2002 to win a second consecutive state title and finished No. 1 in national rankings.