About Kicking Coach Billy Cundiff
As a rookie with Dallas in 2002, Cundiff earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a 48-yard field goal on the game’s final play to give the Cowboys a 13-10 victory against defending NFC champion St. Louis. Cundiff tied an NFL record by making seven field goals in a 2003 Monday Night Football game at the New York Giants, including a 52-yarder on the final play of regulation to send the game into overtime. He followed with a 25-yard kick that gave the Cowboys a 35-32 victory. His kicking shoe from the record-tying effort is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In 2005, Cundiff returned to the Cowboys from a quad injury to hit a franchise record 56 yard field goal against Detroit.
After playing with the New Orleans Saints in 2006 as a kickoff specialist and spending the 2007 training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, Cundiff found himself out of the game in 2007 and 2008. Two games in the preseason with Detroit and a six-week stint with Cleveland in 2009 got him back in the game, and he signed with the Ravens later that season.
With the Ravens, Cundiff was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl as the AFC placekicker and earned Associated Press All-Pro honors after successfully completing 26 of 29 field goal attempts and all 39 point-after attempts (he eclipsed that mark in 2011 with a career-best 122 points for the AFC North Champion Ravens). On January 2, 2011, Cundiff recorded his league-leading 40th touchback, which tied the NFL record set by Mitch Berger. Cundiff averaged 71.1 yards per kickoff to lead the league and had a league-high 40 touchbacks on 51.3% of his kickoffs.
From 2010-2011, Cundiff scored the sixth-most points by an NFL kicker (239) and had an NFL-best 84 touchbacks in that time period. During his time with the Ravens, Cundiff made 11 of 12 field goal attempts in the playoffs. For his career, Cundiff is 12/14 in the playoffs. He has kicked 8 game winners in his career.
Cundiff also has played for Green Bay, Kansas City, and San Francisco.
Cundiff played college football at Drake University where he broke five Pioneer Football League (PFL) career records including most points (284), field goals (49) and points after touchdown (137). He made eight field goals over 50 yards during his career with the Bulldogs, including a PFL-record 62-yarder as a junior in 2000 against San Diego.
Cundiff was also part of the Drake University Men’s Basketball team during his time at Drake. He played sparingly, but achieved his childhood dream of playing Division 1 basketball.
Cundiff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2003. He was presented the highest honor for a student-athlete at the university when he received the Drake Double D Award on February 12, 2012.
Cundiff attended Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa where he was a three-time All-Iowa kicker. As a quarterback, Cundiff helped lead the Cyclones to the Class 3A state championship in 1998. He also established state career kicking records for most points (179) and field goals (22), both of which have since been surpassed. He was also a starting point guard in basketball and finished second in the high jump at the 1997 3A state track meet.