Chiefs Sign Punter Colquitt to Practice Squad
Popular Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt has signed on to the Chiefs practice squad ahead of the playoffs according to a report from Fox 4 Kansas City.
The former Chiefs punter played for Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville this season before landing back with the Chiefs. According to the Chiefs, Colquitt is the club's all-time record holder for most games played in a Chief's uniform. Colquitt played for the Chiefs in 238 regular season games over the course of 15 seasons.
"Dustin is one of the greatest Chiefs of all-time and I'm grateful I had the opportunity to coach him these past seven years," Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said at the time of Colquitt's release. "The longevity of his career here in Kansas City shows you just how consistently he has performed at a high level. Beyond his impact on the field, he was a great teammate and leader. I will always be a huge Dustin Colquitt fan."
The former Chief is known just as much for his work off the field as his work on the field. He was a three time nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and assumed leadership roles with organizations such as Fuel Up to Play 60, Athletes in Action, Kids TLC and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
His biggest off field contribution was his work with Team Smile. When the Chiefs received a call from Dr. Bill Busch, who wanted the Chiefs to partner with him to help undeserved kids get dental care and treatment, the Chiefs put him together with Colquitt. Ten years later Busch and Colquitt had provided dental services to 50,000 undeserved kids valued at $21 million dollars.
Arrowheadpride.com believes it's a no brainier to bring back the player who has played more games as a Chief than anyone else in NFL history. And second, the Chiefs actually needed an emergency specialist after Baltimore poached the Chiefs practice squad punter Johnny Townsend on New Year's Eve.
If Colquitt decides to hang it up and retire at the end of the Chiefs playoff run. He can retire as a Chief. Which really is how it should be for a player whose had such an impact on the team and the community. Who knows, I think Colquitt might be an asset to the Chiefs organization in some off field capacity as well. He certainly has had a positive impact in the community.