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Posted on: January 22, 2011 2:58 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
From the underdog to winning the job in the preseason to the starting K spot for the Ravens to a surprisingly fantastic season to the Pro Bowl and now to a long-term contract extension. Yep, it’s been a pretty good year for Ravens K Billy Cundiff.
Although a new contract isn’t complete, NFL.com writes Cundiff will be rewarded for his season with a new long-term deal.
Cundiff previously had kicked pretty well for the Cowboys in 2004 and 2005, but since then, he's had stints with three teams, including the Ravens.
It was thought Shayne Graham was the favorite to win the kicking job for Baltimore this preseason, but Cundiff surprised observers by beating him (things worked out OK for Graham as well – he kicked extremely well for the Patriots).
On the season, Cundiff made 26 of 29 field goals (89.7 percent), and he was rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl. But perhaps most impressively was this stat: he tied the NFL record with 40 touchbacks this season.
Even more impressive than that: the man with whom he shares the record, former Vikings K Mitch Berger, kicked the vast majority of his touchbacks while playing in a dome. Cundiff did not.
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