By Kyra Hallett
Connor Barth, K, #10
Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.
College: North Carolina
Experience: 5 years
Connor Thomas Barth was born on April 11, 1986 in Arlington, Virgina to Thomas and Susana Barth. He has a younger brother Casey, who followed in his big brother’s footsteps as a placekicker.
Barth attended John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C. where he was a kicker and punter. There, USA Today named him First-team high school All-American. He played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl where he was named top kicker in the combine. Barth was selected to the inaugural EA Sports high school All-American Team. The Charotte Observer ranked Barth No. 25 as the overall player in North Carolina.
He attended the University of North Carolina where he majored in communications. In his first year, Rivals.com named him second-team freshman. That same year, he was also named honorable-mention All-ACC member. In Barth’s junior year, he was the only kicker in the country to make 100 percent of his field goals. That same season, he tied the school record in longest field goal, which was also his career best, a 54-yarder. In 2007, Barth’s senior year, Rivals.com named him first-team All-ACC Honors. Associated Press also gave him honorable mention all-conference honors. Barth previously held the UNC record for most made fields at 54; his brother Casey now holds the record with 55.
While a Tar Heel, one of Barth’s teammates was safety Chase Rice. If that name sounds familiar, Rice was a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua and he’s now in the music business. Barth and Rice are still friends.
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Barth was not drafted, but signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 30, 2008. He was released and then resigned a few months later. In his first game, he was perfect in field goals and extra points. Barth played flawlessly until week 15, when he missed two field goals, one that would have been the game winner. The Chiefs waived Barth on July 28, 2009, and he then signed with the Miami Dolphins August 10 before getting waived on August 29. The Buccaneers signed Barth on November 3. That same month, he tied an NFL record when he made three field goals of 50 yards or more in a single game.
Barth currently holds the club record of 22 consecutive field goals made, which is the longest current streak in the NFL. Gary Anderson holds the NFL record for most consecutive field goals with 46.
Since joining the Bucs, Barth has been a big part of the community. In 2010, he spoke to more than 100 youth football players from the Junior Buccaneers football program about staying in school, making good decisions, and living a healthy life style. That same year on National Day of Giving, he helped surprise 30 families with tickets, gift cards and more. In 2011, he hosted the team’s “Kicking for Kids” event and presented $23,000 to local hospitals for his efforts on the field.
The Bucs rewarded Barth this season by giving him the franchise tag and signing him to a four-year deal worth $13.2 million.
Barth said, “I’d love to play here the rest of my career.”
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.