Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt (4) warms up before the first quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field. (Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE)

Broncos Profile: Britton Colquitt

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Each month, I will showcase a current Denver Broncos player and inform you of their lives and accomplishments before coming to Denver. In doing so, I hope to shine a light on each players own unique journey on the road to Mile High. This month’s featured player is punter Britton Colquitt.

Britton Colquitt was born on March 20, 1985 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He played his high school football at Beardon High School in Knoxville, where he also played soccer. He was a three year kicker and punter for the football team and he earned AP and Sportswriters All-State honors in both his junior and senior seasons.

After high school, Colquitt decided to stay home and join a long family tradition of playing at the University of Tennessee. His father, Craig, uncle, Jimmy, and older brother, Dustin, all played at the punter position for the Volunteers and later went on to play in the NFL. From 2005-07, Britton Colquitt was the first team punter for Tennessee and earned consensus first-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and second-team All-SEC honors in 2007. He finished his college career second all-time on Tennessee’s punting list behind his uncle Jimmy.

Colquitt went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent. He didn’t make the cut with the team at the beginning of his career and was waived during preseason cuts. After three months, Colquitt was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad, but was then signed by the Broncos again a few days later and promoted to the team’s active roster. In his NFL career, Colquitt has made 187 punts for 8,618 yards and has earned a 46.1 yards per punt average.

Colquitt was one of the most underrated players in the Denver Broncos miraculous 2011-12 season, but he no doubt had a big part in the Broncos success. He will look to continue to be a part of the Broncos’ winning ways come next season.

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