Cairo Fernandes Santos (born 12 November 1991) is a Brazilian-born American football placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tulane, and was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Santos also played for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams.
He is the first Brazilian born player in NFL history.
Santos in 2015
|No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Born:||12 November 1991|
Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||160 lb (73 kg)|
|High school:||St. Joseph Academy|
(St. Augustine, Florida)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018|
Born in Limeira, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and raised in Brasilia, the capital, since 4 years old, where his father worked as a pilot for Varig. Santos was unfamiliar with American football until he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, as a foreign exchange student. Originally, Santos planned to stay at St. Joseph's Academy for one year to learn English, but soon found that the kicking skills he had developed playing soccer in Brazil translated well to field goal kicking in American football. With the opportunity to earn a college scholarship, Santos remained in Florida, sharpening his kicking skills through high school.
Santos committed to Tulane on 22 January 2010. Santos also received interest from Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, and Miami (OH). Santos played in all 12 games his freshman year and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team and was honorable-mention All C-USA after leading the Green Wave in points scored while making 13 of his 16 field goal attempts, 32 of his 33 PATs, and handling kick off duties. In his sophomore season, Santos played in all 13 games and finished second on the team in scoring making 11/18 field goals and 33/34 PATs while handling kickoffs and punting duties averaging 41 yards a punt.
The 2012 was a breakout season for Santos as he went 26 of 27 on PATs (his only miss was blocked) and a perfect 21 of 21 on field goals, including a school record 57-yard field goal. He became only the second kicker to make at least 20 in a season without a miss. 12 of those field goals were from 40-plus yards and 2 from 50-plus and 31 of his 55 kickoffs went for touchbacks. At the end of the season, Santos was named consensus All-American and received the Lou Groza Award for the nation's most outstanding placekicker.
Santos went on to compete in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he connected on a 39-yard field goal and recorded one tackle on a kickoff return.
Santos was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs on 19 May 2014. He was named the Chiefs kicker on 30 August 2014, beating veteran Ryan Succop for the position. On 7 September 2014, he became the first Brazilian born player ever to play in an NFL regular season game in a 26–10 loss to the Tennessee Titans (which was also the team of the kicker Santos replaced), also kicking his first career field goal. After missing two field goals in his first two games, he made his next 13 field goal attempts, including a clutch game-winning field goal with 26 seconds left in a Week 7 win over the San Diego Chargers and a 53-yard field goal the following week against the St. Louis Rams.
Santos was the team season scoring leader (113 points), with the most points by a rookie player in Chiefs history. He also made most field goals (25) by a rookie kicker in Chiefs history (tied with Ryan Succop). Both rookie records have since been broken by Harrison Butker's 2017 season.
In a 21–36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on 4 October 2015 (Week 4), Santos kicked a team record seven field goals, including two over 50 yards. His seven field goals in the game is the second most all-time in a single game, which he shares with five other players. The points scored by Santos in the game were the only points scored by the Chiefs during the game.
In a 30–0 victory against the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card game, Cairo Santos became the first Brazilian player to play in a playoff game. He made all three field goal and three extra point attempts. He kicked two 49-yard field goals, the longest field goals in the Chiefs postseason history.
In his second postseason game, Santos made two field goals in a 20–27 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs game.
In Week 2, Santos kicked a 54-yard field goal in a 12–19 loss to the Houston Texans, the longest field goal of his professional career.
Santos made two field goals in the 30–27 overtime victory against Denver Broncos including a game-winning 34-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the left upright with five seconds left in overtime in Week 12.
In November, Santos was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for the first time in his career after converting 11 of 11 field goals and all five extra points.
After missing much of the training camp and the preseason with a groin injury, Santos returned in time for the start of the regular season. He started the season off on a strong note by converting all six extra point attempts in a 42–27 victory over the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. However, the injury was aggravated after a hit in Week 3 against Los Angeles Chargers. On September 26, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs placed Santos on injured reserve. Santos made all the 12 extra-point attempts and was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts. On September 30, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs waived Santos from injured reserve.
On 20 November 2017, Santos signed with the Chicago Bears. Santos missed his first field-goal attempt as a member of the Bears, a 54-yarder. On 4 December, Santos was placed on injured reserve after hurting his groin in pregame warmups in Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers.
On 2 October 2018, Santos signed with the Los Angeles Rams to serve as their starting kicker while Greg Zuerlein recovers from a groin injury. In his first game, he made a game-winning 39-yard field goal in a 33–31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He was released on 16 October 2018 after two games after Zuerlein was deemed healthy.
On 12 November 2018, Santos was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Chandler Catanzaro was released. Santos in his team debut he was perfect on all five extra-point attempts in the 38–35 loss to the New York Giants in Week 11. In Week 15, Santos made his 100th career field goal in the 20–12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
On March 13, 2019, Santos re-signed with the Buccaneers.
|GP||Blk||Lng||FG Att||FGM||Pct||XP Att||XPM||Pct||Blk||KO||Avg||TB||Ret||Avg|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||53||30||25||83.3||38||38||100||0||80||63.6||26||53||24.1||113|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||53||37||30||81.1||41||39||95.1||0||90||63.8||40||46||24.7||129|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||54||35||31||88.6||39||36||92.3||1||86||62.7||48||35||24.1||129|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||39||3||3||100||12||12||100||0||18||65.4||10||8||21.0||21|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||0||39||6||5||83.3||6||5||83.3||0||13||63.2||7||6||23.8||20|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||0||45||12||9||75.0||17||17||100||0||36||59.9||12||23||21.1||44|
|Season||Team||20–29 yards||30–39 yards||40–49 yards||50+ yards|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||10||10||100||6||7||85.7||7||10||70.0||1||2||50.0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||7||8||87.5||10||10||100||9||11||81.8||4||8||50.0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||8||9||88.6||15||17||88.2||6||7||85.7||2||2||100|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||0||0||-||3||3||100||0||0||-||0||0||-|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams||2||2||100||2||2||100||0||1||0.0||0||0||-|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||2||100||4||4||100||3||5||60.0||0||1||0.0|
|GP||Blk||Lng||FG Att||FGM||Pct||XP Att||XPM||Pct||Blk||KO||Avg||TB||Ret||Avg|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||2||0||49||5||5||100||5||5||100||0||12||60.8||10||1||26.0||20|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||48||1||1||100||1||1||100||0||4||61.3||1||3||16.7||4|
On 15 September 2013, Santos' father died in a plane crash in Brazil. "I used to talk to my dad everyday, all the time. We were very close. He was my biggest fan, very supportive of my career, always wishing me to do well, no matter what. He will always be there for me. I know. After each successful kick or game I always think about him. I point my fingers to the sky in honor of him."
In the 2016 "My Cause My Cleats" NFL campaign, Santos honored Chapecoense, a Brazilian association football club, due to the aircraft crash that occurred with the delegation of the club killing 71 people in Colombia on 28 November 2016.
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