Chris Boswell

Chris Boswell

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Boswell with the Steelers in 2015
No. 9Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-16) March 16, 1991
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Worth (TX) Fossil Ridge
College: Rice
Undrafted: 2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2016
Field goals made: 48
Field goals attempted: 55
Field goal %: 87.3%
Field goal long: 51
Player stats at

Christopher Lynn Boswell (born March 16, 1991) is an American football placekicker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Houston Texans in 2014 as an undrafted free agent and has also spent time with the New York Giants. He played college football at Rice.


Boswell was a 3-year starter at Rice. With 358 career points, he is second on the all-time Rice scoring list behind ex-NFL wide receiver Jarett Dillard.[1] While at Rice, Boswell was a member of Martel College.[1]

Professional career

Chris Boswell while playing for the Texans

Houston Texans

The Texans signed Boswell on May 10, 2014 solely as a kicker to compete with Randy Bullock.[2] However, he did not perform well enough to beat him and was cut on August 29.[3] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 23, 2014, after Shane Lechler was injured 2 days earlier in a game. He punted 15 times and averaged over 44 yards/punt. Boswell also was quite accurate, landing his punts within the opposing team's 20 yard line 6 times.[4]

New York Giants

On January 7, 2015, Boswell signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants.[5] On August 16, 2015, Boswell was waived by the Giants.[6] On September 2, 2015, he was re-signed by the Giants.[7] On September 5, 2015, Boswell was waived after failing to make the final 53 man roster for the New York Giants [8]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Boswell signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, 2015, becoming their fourth placekicker in 2015.[9]

Boswell made his NFL debut on October 12, 2015, completing all 3 of his Points After Touchdown (PATs) and making his 47-yard field goal attempt in a Monday night victory over the San Diego Chargers.[10]

The following week against the Arizona Cardinals, he was 4/4 on fields goals including kicks of 48, 49, and 51 yards, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.[11] He also earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award for the month of December.[12]

On November 8, 2015, Boswell kicked 3 field goals, including the game winner and 3 PATs against the Oakland Raiders.[13][14]

On January 9, 2016, Boswell kicked four field goals in an 18–16 win in the AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals.[15] He successfully kicked a 35-yard game winning field goal with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game.[16] He also became the youngest kicker to make 4 field goals in a postseason game.

The following week, in a loss against the Denver Broncos during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, Boswell tied a franchise record with 7 total field goals completed in the post season. He finished the post season with a 100% success rate and finished the 2015 season with a 92.3 success rate, completing 36 out of 39.[17] He also set another franchise record for most field goals made by a rookie/first-year player.[18]


  1. 1 2 "Chris Boswell". Rice Athletics. 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. "Texans Sign Rice Kicker Chris Boswell". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  3. "Texans Cut Kicker Chris Boswell". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  4. "Texans". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  5. Raanan, Jordan (January 7, 2015). "Giants sign quarterback Ricky Stanzi and kicker Chris Boswell". Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  6. Eisen, Michael (August 16, 2015). "Giants sign two-time Pro Bowl Safety Brandon Meriweather". Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  7. Salomone, Dan (September 2, 2015). "Giants Re-Sign Kicker Chris Boswell; 5 things to know". Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  9. Patra, Kevin (October 3, 2015). "Steelers sign kicker Chris Boswell, cut Josh Scobee". Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  10. "Steelers vs. Chargers - Game Recap - October 12, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  11. "Chris Boswell named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week". October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  12. "Steelers' Brown, Boswell receive Player of the Month honors". January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  13. "Raiders vs. Steelers - Box Score - November 8, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  14. "HIGHLIGHT: Chris Boswell kicks game-winning FG". Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  15. "Steelers vs. Bengals - Box Score - January 9, 2016 - ESPN". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  16. "HIGHLIGHT: Boswell kicks game-winning 35-yard FG". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  17. "Chris Boswell Ties Steelers Record For Most FGs In A Single Postseason - Steelers Depot". Steelers Depot. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  18. "Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Boswell". Retrieved 2016-01-18.

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