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T-post Tom
11-13-2010, 11:12 PM
The Punting Colquitt Brothers Are Keeping Alive a Family Pedigree in the N.F.L.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — It was the summer of 2005, and two punters on the University of Tennessee roster were horsing around before practice.

The senior-to-be drove one decent shot through the air, then had a slight misfire. That uneven effort prompted Phillip Fulmer, the Volunteers’ coach at the time, to give his redshirt freshman a look.

The youngster’s first attempt was a laser beam with no hang time but about 50 yards in distance. Then, in almost instant-replay fashion, a second misfire, just as the veteran incumbent had done moments earlier.

Fulmer was incredulous, blaring, “What are you guys from the same mother or something?”

Well, actually they were. These were the Colquitts, Dustin and Britton.

Looking back, that frivolity before practice marks the only time the siblings have come close to competing against each other in their chosen athletic specialty .

Prod. Push. Teach. Cajole. Those were always more regular occurrences between the brothers.

But until Sunday, the two never had been measured against each other statistically in competition. They will get to do it in an N.F.L. game, when Dustin’s Kansas City Chiefs visit Britton’s Denver Broncos at Invesco Field.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition,” said the Broncos’ special-teams coach Mike Priefer, who coaches Britton now and previously spent three years overseeing Dustin’s development with the Chiefs. “They’re both very prideful young men, and it’s going to mean a lot to them. And the cool thing is it’s going to be twice a year for the next few years to come.”

Nearly a year ago, Dustin was deep within his fifth season as the Chiefs’ punter. But his younger brother was contemplating his uncertain future after Denver had let him go after training camp.

Britton decided to live with his brother and his family outside Kansas City, Mo. He helped around the house, including baby-sitting three children; in return, he received room, board and the encouragement to keep his N.F.L. dream alive.

“I told him, in the N.F.L. it’s very rare for a punter to come in and have a job and keep going,” said Dustin, who has done exactly that through a six-year stint with the Chiefs. “He knew when you’re an undrafted free agent like that, anything can happen. And so he just kept a positive attitude.”

Britton would in his spare time work out and kick at a local high school field, sometimes with his older brother in tow. There, he became accustomed to battling the swirling wind and unpredictable weather.

“My brother knew the talent that I had,” Britton said. “He was like, ‘Dude, I’ve seen you kick’ and he’d always say you’re ahead of me at my age. Keep working at it. He wanted me because he knew that was a period where he wanted me to focus on the football part and not just, ‘What do I do now?’ ”

A tryout with Cleveland and a weeklong stint on the Miami practice squad eventually materialized for Britton before Denver offered him a place on its active roster last December. It had been the Broncos that had sent Colquitt into this uncertain journey to begin with by cutting him at the end of training camp in 2009.

“Like a lot of young football players, he wasn’t mature enough to make that next step,” Priefer said. “And I think he’d be the first one who’d say that and agree with that. He’s grown up a lot since a year ago.”

Britton Colquitt now has a slight edge on his brother in the current statistical rankings, rating 15th with a 44.4 average (37.5 net); Dustin is 18th at 43.9 (37.5).

And their eventual pairing also was destined to some degree.

Britton and Dustin’s father, Craig, also a punter, was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their uncle, Jimmy, punted in 1995 for the Seattle Seahawks. Both will be on hand to see the brothers Sunday, along with their mother, who already has a split jersey with both sons and their teams represented for game day.

“It’s going to be cool to see that,” Dustin said. “Obviously, we have Peyton and Eli, the Manning brothers, with their father. And that’s a cool thing every time they play. This one won’t be as hyped up because they have the ball in their hands more. But it will be fun.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/sports/football/14punters.html

Phobia
11-13-2010, 11:25 PM
This appears to be an article about punters..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

T-post Tom
11-13-2010, 11:29 PM
This appears to be an article about punters..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I bet you wouldn't be so sarcastic if they were wearing your hat instead of a helmet.

Count Zarth
11-14-2010, 12:28 AM
Losing follows the Colquitt family like a black cloud.

stevieray
11-14-2010, 12:34 AM
prolly one the hardest positions to play consistantly and effeciently. I remember watching him practice up in camp...he's a bad ass when it comes to punting.

HoneyBadger
11-14-2010, 12:36 AM
I got a kick from reading that story.

BryanBusby
11-14-2010, 04:25 AM
Almost time for Civil War I

Baby Lee
11-14-2010, 07:19 AM
Britton and Dustin’s father, Craig, also a punter, was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Forgot to mention that last week, was watching 'The Top 100' and when they got to one of the Steeler greats there was a brief shot of a dude in a Colquitt jersey high fiving him after a play. Must've been pops.

threebag02
11-14-2010, 08:50 AM
I got a kick from reading that story.

That was (shaved) smooth.