For the third time in the past 24 hours, a former Pitt Panther football player has been promoted to a 53-man NFL squad.
After kicker Ryan Winslow with the Carolina Panthers and center Jimmy Morrissey with the Oakland Raiders, Chris Blewitt has taken the plunge. This afternoon, the Washington soccer team freed longtime kicker Dustin Hopkins and signed former Panthers kicker from their practice teams to replace Hopkins.
Hopkins has been Washington’s kicker since 2015, but has been inconsistent this season, missing two more fields and a pair of extra points. Sunday against Kansas City, Hopkins missed a field goal 42 yards on the left.
Blewitt’s persistence finally paid off as he got his first chance in the NFL. After spending time with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers and Washington, the opportunity is now before him.
Blewitt was on the Washington practice squad earlier this year, but was released. However, after performing a test with the team on Tuesday, he was put back on the practice squad and then promoted today following the transfer with Hopkins.
Blewitt ended his career as Pitt’s all-time leading scorer with 363 points (55-79 FG, 198-204 PAT), eclipsing a record that spanned more than four decades. Blewitt also became the Panthers’ all-time leader in field goals (55), surpassing the previous record of 50 held by Conor Lee (2006-08) and extra points (198), eclipsing Long (133 of 1973-76).
It’s ironic that this news for Blewitt happens this week, as Pitt fans will always remember him for his spectacular 48-yard field with six seconds left to beat No.2 Clemson, 43-42, in 2016.