From Invesco Field, Denver
It took awhile for the Colquitt Brothers to make NFL history. Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt did all he could, punting twice in the first quarter.
But baby brother Britton took a little bit longer to get off a punt and make the Colquitts the first brothers to punt against each other in league annals. That’s because Denver’s offense was cooking Sunday afternoon and didn’t bother getting around to a punt until there was five minutes, 27 seconds to play in the third quarter.
“I was getting a little tired of watching him run out there and hold for PATs,” Dustin said after the game. “I guess five punts total isn’t a real busy night, but he got the edge, he got the win.”
With their parents in the stands and a host of relatives and friends, the Brothers Colquitt enjoyed some family time. Saturday night, they got together out near the Chiefs hotel in south Denver. “It was nice, but I didn’t want to break my normal routine on the road, so it was a short time,” Dustin said.
Both brothers were out early on the field before the game. They posed for pictures for various photographers, including one standing with current Broncos and former Chiefs special teams coach Mike Priefer.
Then came the game, and while Dustin was busy in the first half, Britton didn’t get off punt because the Denver offense was rolling over the Chiefs. He had a great time holding for PAT kicks and Dustin tried to contribute what he could to make the madness stop for the Chiefs in what turned into a 49-29 defeat.
“It was good to see him out there in an NFL uniform,” Dustin Colquitt said of his brother. “It was cool to hang out in pre-game. I know it was special for my family and my Dad.”
Anne and Craig Colquitt were in the building. After the game, they were beaming as they watched their friends and family greet the brothers as they came out of their respective locker rooms.
“It was great day for our family,” said Craig, who punted for six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings (1978-79). “It’s just tough when one of them has to go home with a loss.”
When it was all said and done, the brothers had combined for just five punts on the day, three for Dustin, two for Britton. Here’s how they went:
- Dustin â€“ 42-yard punt that had Broncos returner Eddie Royal calling for a fair catch. Net 42 yards.
- Dustin â€“ 44-yard punt that Royal returned 18 yards. Net 26 yards.
- Dustin â€“ 44-yard punt and Royal returned it nine yards. Net 35 yards.
- Britton â€“ 46-yard punt and Javier Arenas returned it 16 yards. Net 30 yards.
- Britton â€“ 36-yard punt that went for a touchback. Net 16 yards.
So the statistical edge went to the older brother, as Dustin averaged 43.3 yards a punt with a net average of 34.3 yards. Britton averaged 41 yards a punt, with a net average of 23 yards.
“Hopefully this is the first of a whole run of these games,” said Dustin Colquitt. “It was great to see him. I’m very proud of him. He’s overcome a lot and now he’s in the NFL and if he keeps working at it, there’s no reason he’ll be out of the league any time soon.”