Daniel Carlson (American football)

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Daniel Carlson
No. 7 – Minnesota Vikings
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Born: (1995-01-23) January 23, 1995 (age 23)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Colorado Springs (CO) The Classical Academy
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 5 / Pick: 167
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× Second-team All-American (2015–2017)
  • 3× First-team All-SEC (2015–2017)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel Vilhelm Carlson (born January 23, 1995) is an American football placekicker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn, and was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Carlson was born on January 23, 1995 to Hans and Jodie Carlson. Carlson has an older brother Nils and a younger brother Anders.

High school and college career[edit]

Carlson attended The Classical Academy before college. Under head coach Gus Malzahn, he never missed an extra point in his collegiate career with the Auburn Tigers.[1] He is the all-time leading scorer in SEC football history.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Carlson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[3]

In the offseason, he competed with veteran kicker Kai Forbath. Carlson won the job, after Forbath was released on August 20, 2018.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Carlson married Katherine Barker Carlson on January 13, 2018 in Birmingham, AL. The two met during their time at Auburn University.


  1. ^ "'Turncoat' Carlson represents Auburn's best chance of beating Alabama". 
  2. ^ Vitale, Josh (October 7, 2017). "Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson breaks career SEC scoring record". oanow.com. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (April 28, 2018). "Vikings trade two picks to draft kicker Daniel Carlson". NFL.com. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ Smith, Eric (August 20, 2018). "Vikings Release Forbath, Place Aruna on IR, Announce Other Moves". Vikings.com. 

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