Chris Boniol

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Chris Boniol
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Born: (1971-12-09) December 9, 1971 (age 47)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:167 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school:Alexandria
(Alexandria, Louisiana)
College:Louisiana Tech
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • All-South Independent (1990)
  • All-Louisiana (1990)
  • Louisiana Freshman of the Year (1990)
  • All-Big West (1993)
  • Second-team All-Louisiana (1993)
  • Super Bowl champion (XXX)
Career NFL statistics
Field goal Attempts:163
Field Goals Made:128
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Christopher Donald Boniol (born December 9, 1971) is a former professional American football placekicker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. He won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1996, he tied the NFL record for most field goals in a game with seven. He played college football at Louisiana Tech University.

Early years[edit]

Boniol attended Alexandria High School, Louisiana, where he was the placekicker for the football team and the catcher for the baseball team.

He received a scholarship to play football at Louisiana Tech University. In 1990, he was named All-Louisiana and the Louisiana Freshman of the Year after making 17 of 24 field goals. He finished his college career third on the school's all-time scoring list.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Boniol was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, helping the team win Super Bowl XXX during his second season. He was a very successful kicker during his 3 seasons with the team, becoming the first Cowboy to have three consecutive 100-point seasons. In 1995 he set a club record for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made with 26. His 96.4 percent (27 field goals out of 28 attempts) season kicking percentage was the highest in club history and his 127 points were the fourth-most points in franchise history.

In 1996, he broke his own club record for the longest streak of consecutive field goals made with 27 (it was broken by Dan Bailey in 2014).[2] He also tied an NFL record with 7 field goals made in a game, during a Monday night contest against the Green Bay Packers. That year, he became the first player in team history to win the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in a season, with the second award coming after the Wild Card Playoff win over the Minnesota Vikings.[3]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Boniol was signed as a restricted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997, after the salary cap-strapped Cowboys could not match the Eagles' four-year offer.[4] He played in Philadelphia for 2 seasons, before being waived because of inconsistency making field goals over 40 yards.[5]

Chicago Bears[edit]

He finished his career with the Chicago Bears,[6] being waived in 1999 after missing four of nine field goal attempts, including a possible game-winner in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings.[7] Boniol played in the NFL for 6 seasons, making 128 of 163 field goals and 183 of 189 extra points for 567 points.

Coaching career[edit]

Boniol was an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2010 to 2013, and focused on kickers and punters. In 2014, he was hired by the Oakland Raiders as an assistant to special teams coordinator Bobby April.[8]


  1. ^ "Former NFL kicker Chris Boniol comes home as Louisiana College's new special teams coordinator". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Dan Bailey breaks franchise record". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Harris Takes Home NFC Special Teams Award For 2nd Time". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "It's Official: Boniol Belongs To Eagles Dallas Couldn't Match The Birds' Offer". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Foot Soldier Johnson Replaces Boniol In Kicking Shake-up". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Boniol Could Kick Himself For Bad Decision". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "His Confidence Gone, Boniol Should Be Too". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Oakland Raiders complete coaching staff". Retrieved November 11, 2015.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Anderson
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Kickers
Succeeded by
Norm Johnson