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Philip Doyle
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-03-20) March 20, 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
High School: Birmingham (AL) Huffman
Career information
College: Alabama
Undrafted in 1991
Debuted in 1991 for the New York Giants
Career history
*New York Giants ( 1991)*

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Career highlights and awards
* 1990 College Football All-America Team

Philip Doyle (born March 20, 1969) is a former American football placekicker. After a standout high school career at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Doyle played college football at the University of Alabama from 1987 through 1989. After the 1990 season, he was recognized as a unanimous All-American for his play as a member of the Crimson Tide. After going undrafted and signing briefly with the New York Giants, Doyle played as a member of the Birmingham Fire for the 1992 season.

High schoolEdit

Doyle was the placekicker for Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama in the mid-1980s. As a junior in 1985, Doyle set a national high school record for field goals in a single season with 22.[1] He broke the previous record of 19 set by Kelly Nemecek in 1983, and the 22 field goals in a single season still stands as an Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) record.[1][2] Doyle ended his high school career with a total of 43 field goals which stood as an AHSAA record until 2011 when Andy Pappanastos finished his career with 48.[2] In recognition of his career at Huffman, Doyle was named to the 1986 USA Today All-USA high school football team.[3]

CollegeEdit

After being recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Florida State, Doyle signed with the Crimson Tide in February 1987.[4][5] At Alabama, Doyle was the starting placekicker all four years he was eligible from 1987 through the 1990 seasons. During his career with the Crimson Tide, Doyle set several team records that still stand that include his six field goal, 19 points kicking performance against Southwestern Louisiana in 1990 as single game records.[6] He also held nearly every other team placekicking record until they were broken by Leigh Tiffin in the late 2000s.[6] As a senior, Dole was a unanimous selection to the 1990 College Football All-America Team.[7]

Doyle's statistics for his University of Alabama tenure
Season PAT PAT Pct. 1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+ FG/FGA FG Pct. Long Points Reference
1987 18/20 90% 0/0 5/5 3/3 4/7 1/5 13/20 65% 57 [8]
1988 28/28 100% 0/0 5/6 9/11 4/8 1/5 19/31 61% 53 91 [9]
1989 36/37 97.3% 3/3 8/8 8/8 2/4 0/1 22/25 88% 100 [10]
1990 25/25 100% 1/1 7/8 7/7 8/10 0/1 24/29 82.76% 47 97 [11]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

After not being selected in the 1991 NFL Draft, Doyle signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants.[12] In their first preseason game of the season against the Buffalo Bills, Doyle kicked field goals from 31 and 26 yards in the Giants' 23–10 victory.[13] Doyle was later waived by the team on August 19, 1991.[14]

Birmingham FireEdit

In spring 1992, Doyle was the placekicker for the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football (WLAF). Doyle was the starting placekicker for the Fire and finished the season as the league's leading scorer for a placekicker with 64 points.[15] As the placekicker for the Fire, Doyle was kicked a 42-yard field goal with only 0:02 remaining against the London Monarchs to tie the game at 17–17.[16] After a scoreless overtime period, the game would stand as the first and only WALF game to ever end in a tie.[16] Doyle was also responsible for a game-winning, 30-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in their game against the Ohio Glory.[17] The 27–24 victory secured the Fire a wild card spot in the 1992 WALF playoffs.[17]

Doyle's statistics for the 1992 Birmingham Fire season
Season PAT PAT Pct. 1–19 20–29 30–39 40–49 50+ FG/FGA FG Pct. Long Points Reference
1992 19/19 100% 0/0 4/4 5/7 4/10 2/3 15/24 62.5% 52 64 [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Huffman kicker breaks national field goal mark". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press (Gadsden, Alabama: Google News): p. D2. November 19, 1985. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2cIfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pdcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3664%2C3780562. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Individual Football Records". AHSAA.com. http://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Football/Records/IndividualRecords/tabid/396/Default.aspx. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  3. "1986 USA Today All-USA high school football team". USA Today (McLean, Virginia: usatoday.com). March 28, 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/graphics/sports/gra/hshistory/1986.htm. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  4. "Tide shakeup rattles prep prospects". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press (Gadsden, Alabama: Google News): p. D2. January 2, 1987. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_LQfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M9cEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3794%2C184517. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  5. "Bama signs 6 early; expects 17 for the day". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News): p. 19. February 11, 1987. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MF0pAAAAIBAJ&sjid=16UEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6506%2C3144265. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Alabama Football Record Book" (PDF). RollTide.com. p. 20. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/record-book.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  7. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (PDF). Award Winners. NCAA.org. p. 9. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Awards.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  8. "1987 University of Alabama Final Football Statistics" (PDF). RollTide.com. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/87-m-footbl-stats.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  9. "1988 University of Alabama Final Football Statistics" (PDF). RollTide.com. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/88-m-footbl-stats.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  10. "1989 University of Alabama Final Football Statistics" (PDF). RollTide.com. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/89-m-footbl-stats.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  11. "1990 University of Alabama Final Football Statistics" (PDF). RollTide.com. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/90-m-footbl-stats.pdf. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  12. "Hollingsworth, Doyle sign contracts". The Gadsden Times (Gadsden, Alabama: Google News): p. D1. June 4, 1991. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AmQfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=rdQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1944%2C410827. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  13. "Giants defeat Bills". The Washington Post (via HighBeam Research). August 6, 1991. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1078608.html. Retrieved July 17, 2012. (subscription required)
  14. "Doyle waived by NY Giants". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News): p. 4B. August 20, 1991. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=MTUdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oKUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6816%2C5972150. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Gilligan, Patrick. "1992 WLAF Kicking Statistics". The Football Database. http://www.footballdb.com/stats.html?yr=1992&lg=WLAF&mode=K. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Doyle's field goal gives Fire tie". The Gadsden Times (Gadsden, Alabama: Google News): p. C4. April 12, 1992. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UMMfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Y9gEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1390%2C1395782. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Birmingham qualifies". The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, New York: Google News): p. C3. May 25, 1992. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rYdGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OukMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3643%2C6780001. Retrieved July 17, 2012.


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