Neil Rackers
Rackers at Redskins training camp in 2012.
Free agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-08-16) August 16, 1976 (age 44)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 6 / Pick: 169
Debuted in 2000 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2000 2002)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Unrestricted free agent
Career highlights and awards
* Most field goals of 55 yards or more in one quarter (2)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011
Field goals     264
Field goal attempts     330
Field goal %     80.0
Long field goal     57 [1]
Stats at

Neil William Rackers[2] (born August 16, 1976) is an American football placekicker of the National Football League (NFL), who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Illinois.

Rackers has also been a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Rackers attended Aquinas-Mercy High School in St. Louis, Missouri and was a student and a letterman in football, soccer, and baseball. In football, he was a two-year letterman and an All-Conference selection. In soccer, he led his team to consecutive State Titles and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was an All-Conference selection.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]

Rackers was drafted in the sixth round of 2000 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played three seasons for the team, making 44 out of 67 field goals.

Arizona Cardinals[edit | edit source]

Rackers reached and or surpassed 20 touchbacks in a season twice in his career, and once had a streak of 31 consecutive field goals made before missing a 43-yarder in 2005 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On New Year's Day, 2006, Rackers kicked his 40th field goal of the season, an NFL record. He was rewarded with a spot in that year's Pro Bowl. He is also one of the two active players to attempt a fair catch kick.

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Rackers in a 2010 preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Houston Texans[edit | edit source]

Rackers was signed by the Houston Texans on April 5, 2010, and replaced Kris Brown later for the 2010 season, and made his first two field goals as a Texan on September 12.

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

Rackers signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins on April 24, 2012 and competed with Graham Gano for a spot on the team.[3] On August 27, the Redskins released Rackers.[4]

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