Neil William Rackers
(born August 16, 1976 in Florissant, Missouri
) is an American football placekicker
for the Houston Texans
of the National Football League
. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals
in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft
. He played college football
Rackers has also played for the Arizona Cardinals
Rackers attended Aquinas-Mercy High School in St. Louis, Missouri
and was a student and a letterman in football, soccer, and baseball. In football, he was a two year letterman and an All-Conference selection. In soccer, he led his team to consecutive State Titles and was an All-State selection. In baseball, he was an All-Conference selection.
Rackers reached and or surpassed 20 touchbacks
in a season twice in his career, and once had a streak of 31 consecutive field goals
made before missing a 43-yarder in 2005 against the Jacksonville Jaguars
. On New Year's Day, 2006, Rackers kicked his 40th field goal of the season, an NFL record. He was rewarded with a spot in that year's Pro Bowl
He was signed by the Houston Texans
on April 5, 2010, and replaced Kris Brown
later for the 2010 season
, and made his first two field goals as a Texan on September 12.
Neil is the son of Richard and Mary Kay Rackers. He is married to Rachel and has a son Jacob.