After six NFL seasons and a Super Bowl 30 Championship, Boniol retired with 567 points, 78.5% field goal accuracy, and 8 game winning or game tying field goals in the last two minutes of regulation or overtime. Boniol also held the highest career field goal percentage in Dallas Cowboys history.
After retiring from his playing career, he began mentoring and coaching young athletes in Middle and High Schools. Chris spent 2014 as the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Oakland Raiders. His work helped Raiders kicker, Sebastian Janikowski rebound from a league-low 70% FG accuracy in 2013, to his current 88% in 2014. In addition, his work with punter Marquette King helped him rank in the top 10 in the NFL in Net Average and top 3 in the NFL in most punts inside the 20.
Beginning in 2010, Chris spent 4 years coaching for the Dallas Cowboys. Under his leadership, Cowboys kickers combined to boot 11 game-winning field goals in four seasons. Chris was instrumental in helping Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey become the most accurate FG kicker in NFL history (90.07%). In 2013, kicker Dan Bailey led the NFL in field-goal percentage, making 28-of-30 attempts (93.3%), and ranked fourth in the league with 52 touchbacks. In 2012, Bailey led the NFL in field-goal percentage, nailing 29-of-31 attempts (93.5%); and in 2011, Bailey was named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team after connecting on 32-of-37 field goals, including 26 straight attempts.
In 2010, his first season coaching for the Dallas Cowboys, Boniol coached punter Mat McBriar, who led the NFL with a 47.9-yard Gross and 41.7-yard Net punting average. Boniol's mentorship of Dallas kicker David Buehler saw the second-year player convert 24-of-32 field goals and 42-of-44 PAT tries, while also forcing 22 touchbacks. Buehler's field-goal percentage (75.0) ranked sixth in franchise history among rookie or first-year kickers.
Chris received his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2000, with a General Studies major, and minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Speech Communications. He studied Civil Engineering as an undergrad at Louisiana Tech University until departing for his Rookie NFL season. Boniol also earned his T.E.A. Secondary Math (6-12) Teaching Certificate.
Chris was a kicker in the NFL for 6 years, becoming the first Dallas Cowboys player to record 3 straight 100 point seasons, and set team records with 26 and 27 consecutive successful FG streaks. He was twice named the NFL Special Teams Player of the Week during his career, once for tying the NFL record for most FG in a single game, when he hit 7 FG against the Green Bay Packers (1996). He also has big game experience, having helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl 30 in 1996.
Chris kicked collegiately at Louisiana Tech, finishing his collegiate career ranked third on the school's all-time scoring chart.
Chris and his wife, Christine, have two boys, Garin and Gaige. They are the sole owners and operators of Chris Boniol Kicking, Ltd. They devote their time and talents to making Chris Boniol Kicking, Ltd. a God-centered business focused on developing athletes and serving as a resource to their families.
In addition to their seasonal business, Chris has served in both public and private education as a teacher and coach. Christine is an Interior and Construction Design Consultant, specializing in both Commercial and Residential design-build and renovation projects.
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