Cairo Santos is an NFL Kicker who had a breakout season for the Chicago Bears in 2020.
An 8 year NFL veteran, Santos was signed as an undrafted free agent for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 Tulane University. Santos’ NFL career has made stops in the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) with 4 franchises: the Chiefs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans.
Statistically 2020 was his best season, as he converted 93.8% of his kicks with 3.4º precision according to the Simple Kicking App. Santos credits punter Pat O’Donnell (The University of Miami) who held for him.
Cairo Santos is the first born Brazilian to play in the NFL. Santos was a soccer player growing up and his heroes were Neymar, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo. Folk did not have childhood aspirations to play in the NFL, and this episode covers topics of how hard it is to stay in the NFL and how he sustained a long career despite multiple injuries, and roster cuts.
This story is a lot like Nick Folk’s. was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2020 for his game winning field goals vs. the New York Jets and the Arizona Cardinals.
Santos was named the NFC special teams player in Week 6 victory at Carolina. Santos was named the NFC’s special teams player of the month for December 2020 as he made all 12 field-goal attempts from Weeks 13 through 17. He is the best kicker in Chicago since Robbie Gould.
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