The long-time Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt announces on Instagram that he is leaving the Kansas City team.
“I have enjoyed my time in Chiefs Kingdom, all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed & pleaded for them to. I’ll miss walking into the building & smelling the coffee, talking to everyone…it took me forever to weave through some of the most loving people you’d ever hope to work with. I was a young kid when I first walked into Arrowhead…hell, the indoor facility used to be 70 yards. Holding this post for 15 years has been an honor that I never took for granted. Thank you KC” he wrote.
The 37-year-old has seen a lot in Kansas City, his career spanning five head coaches and four general managers. He’s probably forgotten more about the team than we’ll ever know. He was the last player on the roster that was drafted before the Andy Reid era.
Colquitt joined the Chiefs as a third-round draft pick in 2005, immediately establishing himself as a professional on and off the field. As his career progressed, he’d go on to become the most dominant punter in franchise history, crushing records held by Jerrel Wilson. Colquitt is currently ranked first in franchise history with 1,124 career punts, 50,393 punting yards and a 44.8 yard per punt average.
A three-time nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Colquitt is beloved by the Kansas City community and his teammates. He was voted in by his peers as a postseason team captain five times during his career.
The Chiefs signed two punters this offseason, Tyler Newsome and Tommy Townsend. One of the two players will presumably take Colquitt’s spot during the 2020 NFL season. Needless to say, they’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill.