Fairbairn with UCLA in 2014
|Date of birth:January 29, 1994|
|Place of birth: Kailua, Hawaii|
|Undrafted in 2016|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Houston Texans ( 2016–present)|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Lou Groza Award (2015)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Field goals made||57|
|Field goal attempts||67|
|Field goal %||85.1|
|Long field goal||55|
John Christian Ka'iminoeauloameka'ikeokekumupa'a "Ka'imi" Fairbairn (born January 29, 1994) is an American football placekicker with the Houston Texans in the National Football League (NFL). Playing college football with the UCLA Bruins, he was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior, when he was also awarded the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top college kicker in 2015. After winning the kicking position as a true freshman, Fairbairn became the Pac-12 Conference record holder for the most career points scored. Undrafted out of college, he signed with Houston as a free agent and was named their starting kicker the following year in 2017.
Fairbairn was born in Kailua, Hawaii, to John and Rochelle Fairbairn. Since he was a kid, he has gone by the name Ka'imi, forgoing John Christian. In Hawaiian, his name means seeker of knowledge. "The meaning of your name is your life," Fairbairn said. "Hawaiians have a long ancestry. It's really meaningful for me to go by my Hawaiian name."
As a youngster, he was a kicker in football, but preferred catching the football instead. He attended high school at Punahou School, where he was a two-sport star in football and soccer. Playing central defender in soccer, he was a two-time first-team all-state player, and the team won two state championships.
Fairbairn did not initially play football at Punahou. He did not envision a future in the sport, and tried out for water polo instead. After almost drowning, he realized he was not a proficient swimmer and returned to football. As a sophomore, Fairbairn was named second-team all-state, and he earned first-team all-state as a junior and senior. He was teammates with DeForest Buckner. Fairbairn was ranked nationally as the No. 4 recruit at kicker coming out of high school.
Fairbairn won the kicking job at UCLA as a true freshman in 2012, and he became the first Bruin to score at least 100 points in each of his four seasons. His career got off to an inauspicious start when his first two extra points were blocked against Rice. He became a dependable kicker from close range, but struggled from distance. In the Pac-12 Championship Game that year, he missed a 52-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining in a 27–24 loss to Stanford. With a wet field and a poor snap by Kevin McDermott, UCLA coach Jim Mora said: "We put [Fairbairn] in a tough situation there." In his junior year in 2014, UCLA was trailing Utah 30–28 when Fairbairn missed a 55-yard attempt as time expired. However, the Utes were penalized for running into the kicker, providing him a chance at a 50-yard field goal, which missed just wide right.
Entering the 2015 season, the senior Fairbairn was 11 for 22 on field-goal tries of 40 yards or more. On October 3 against Arizona State, he made a 53-yard field goal, the first successful 50-plus yarder of his career after missing his first five. The kick cut the Sun Devils lead to 15–10 at the half, but the Bruins lost the game 38–23. In a 40–24 win over California on October 22, Fairbairn had a 55-yarder called off because UCLA was penalized for a false start. With seconds left in the first half, Mora was initially going to have the offense try a Hail Mary pass. However, Fairbairn was given another opportunity, which he converted for a UCLA record 60-yard field goal. It was the first 60-yard field goal in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2012. On November 14, Fairbairn made four field goals against Washington State to set the Pac-12 record for most career points, breaking former Bruins kicker John Lee's previous mark of 390 (1982–1985).
He finished the regular season having made 20 of 23 field goal attempts, including a perfect 16 of 16 from inside 40 yards and four from beyond 40. Fairbairn was awarded the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top college kicker. He was a near unanimous first-team All-American, earning first-team honors from all the official selectors except Sporting News, who named him to their second team. However, he was only named second-team All-Pac-12. In the Foster Farms Bowl, he missed a 46-yard field goal in a 37–29 loss to Nebraska. His career ended with three straight misses, including previous failed attempts of 49 yards at Utah and 47 at USC.
After not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, Fairbairn signed with the Houston Texans. However, he spent all of 2016 on injured reserve with an injured quadriceps. In 2017, he was named the Texans' starting kicker over Nick Novak. Fairbairn had attempted all of the team's field goals during the preseason, and he had a stronger leg and deeper kickoffs than the incumbent. In Week 4, against the Tennessee Titans, he converted six-of-seven extra points and all three field goal attempts.
In Week 15 of the 2018 season, Fairbairn kicked five field goals and two extra points in a 29-22 win over the New York Jets, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On the season, Fairbairn did not miss a kick inside of 40 yards and led the league in points scored.
On March 11, 2019, the Texans placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Fairbairn.
Houston Texans franchise recordsEdit
- Most Field Goals made in a season (37)
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Honda, Paul (October 18, 2011). "Kaimi Fairbairn feature: extended version". Hawaii Prep World. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. http://www.hawaiiprepworld.com/football/kaimi-fairbairn-feature-extended-version/.
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- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Foster, Chris (November 15, 2015). "UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn sets Pac-12 record for scoring". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 1, 2015. http://www.latimes.com/sports/ucla/la-sp-ucla-football-notes-20151115-story.html.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Kaufman, Joey (October 29, 2015). "UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn shows off his leg". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fairbairn-689838-field-kicker.html.
- ↑ Wang, Jack (October 15, 2013). "Bruins, kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn will see more pleasant conditions vs. Stanford". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015. http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20131015/bruins-kicker-kaimi-fairbairn-will-see-more-pleasant-conditions-vs-stanford.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 "Utah Clips No. 8 UCLA with Last-Minute Field Goal". ESPN. October 4, 2014. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. https://www.webcitation.org/6TEvSDQFh?url=http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=400548276. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
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- ↑ Wang, Jack (October 13, 2015). "UCLA senior kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn could be seeing end of long-distance woes". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015. http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151007/ucla-senior-kicker-kaimi-fairbairn-could-be-seeing-end-of-long-distance-woes.
- ↑ Patterson, Chip (October 22, 2015). "UCLA K Ka'imi Fairbairn hits first 60-yard FG in FBS game since 2012". Archived from the original on October 23, 2015. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/25350298/ucla-k-kaimi-fairbairn-hits-first-60-yard-fg-since-2012.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 "UCLA's Kai'mi Fairbairn wins Lou Groza Award as nation's top kicker". The Orange County Register. December 10, 2015. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. http://www.ocregister.com/ucla/ucla-695645-kai-wins.html.
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- ↑ Kaufman, Joey (December 14, 2015). "Ka'imi Fairbairn lands on FWAA All-American team". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. http://www.ocregister.com/ucla/american-696061-fwaa-named.html.
- ↑ Kaufman, Joey (December 16, 2015). "Ka'imi Fairbairn named AFCA All-American". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015. http://www.ocregister.com/ucla/fairbairn-696286-first-american.html.
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- ↑ Wang, Jack (December 26, 2015). "UCLA can’t stop run in 37–29 bowl game loss to Nebraska". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015. http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151226/ucla-cant-stop-run-in-37-29-bowl-game-loss-to-nebraska.
- ↑ Wilson, Aaron (April 30, 2016). "Texans notebook: Undrafted free agent deals". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-notebook-Undrafted-free-agent-deals-7385909.php.
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- ↑ "Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – October 1st, 2017" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201710010htx.htm.
- ↑ "Mike Williams, Dalvin Cook among NFL Players of the Week". December 19, 2018. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001001860/article/mike-williams-dalvin-cook-among-nfl-players-of-the-week.
- ↑ Wilson, Aaron (March 11, 2019). "Texans submit tenders Ka'imi Fairbairn, Brennan Scarlett, re-sign Joel Heath". https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-tender-Kaimi-Fairbairn-Brennan-Scarlett-13679352.php.
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