McManus with the Denver Broncos
|No. 8 Denver Broncos|
|Date of birth:||July 25, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||201 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Towamencin Township (PA) North Penn|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2016|
Brandon Tyler McManus (born July 25, 1991) is an American football placekicker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was a member of their Super Bowl 50 championship team, beating the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Temple and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
McManus holds Temple career records for points scored (338), field goals made (60) and attempted (83) and punting average (45.4). As a senior in 2012, he earned All-Big East first-team honors after leading the team in scoring (74) on 14-of-17 field goals and 32-of-33 extra points. He also averaged 45.1 yards per punt, pinned 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and had a long kick of 68 yards. McManus handled kickoff duties as well and recorded 40 touchbacks on 56 total kickoffs.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, McManus signed with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived prior to the start of the season. In 2014, he played four preseason games for the New York Giants before being traded to the Denver Broncos to cover for the loss of the Broncos' starting kicker Matt Prater, who began the 2014 NFL season serving a four-game suspension. He became their starting kicker following the release of Prater on October 3, 2014. McManus was waived by the Broncos on November 11, 2014 after the team decided to sign free agent Connor Barth as his replacement. He was quickly re-signed by the Broncos after clearing waivers and spent the rest of the season as the team's kickoff specialist.
Going into the 2015 season, the Broncos brought both Barth and McManus to training camp. McManus won the job, proving more consistent than he had been in 2014, and the Broncos cut Barth. On September 13, 2015, he became the third kicker in NFL history to make multiple field goals of 56 or more yards in the same game, joining Sebastian Janikowski and Greg Zuerlein, who achieved that feat in 2012. On October 18, McManus made the game winning overtime field goal to propel the Broncos to a 26-23 win over the Cleveland Browns. In the Divisional round of the playoffs, McManus tied an NFL-postseason record by making five field goals in a 23-16 win over the Steelers. In Super Bowl 50, he made three field goals and an extra point in the 24-10 win against the Carolina Panthers, earning his first ever Super Bowl ring.
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- "Broncos waive kicker Brandon McManus, agree to terms with Connor Barth". Denver Post. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- Wolfe, Cameron & Jhabvala, Nicki (September 13, 2015). "Broncos' bests/worsts vs. Ravens: Brandon McManus and C.J. Anderson". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 13, 2015.