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$100,000 gift of ‘patience’
Fulmer’s work with Colquitt sons rewarded at UT


Phil Fulmer’s coaching ability has meant a lot to Craig Colquitt. That satisfaction took a six-figure form.

About his $100,000 donation to The University of Tennessee, “I told Fulmer, ‘I’m doing this party because of you and your patience with my sons,” said Colquitt, father of former Vol All-SEC punter, Dustin, and current All-SEC punter, Britton. Craig is a former Vol/Pittsburgh Steeler standout punter himself. “Dustin was just learning the ropes, and Britton had a few [disciplinary] situations going on. Fulmer recognized [their] talents.

“He’s a patient man, and he sees if a kid’s going to come out of the shell or not come out.

“Number one, I’m financially able to do it,” Craig added. “Number two, it was a give-back. Tennessee’s been real good for my business and me. … We thought about it a long time, and just now are able to do it.”

With the principal donation “in perpetuity,” interest earned from Colquitt’s donation, he said, will be split for academic and athletic scholarships. “It will go to a kicker, or someone on the kicking team … or any athlete who warrants a scholarship that’s a walk-on,” he said.

Dustin and Britton are Bearden High School alumni, where they excelled in football and soccer.

Colquitt and wife, Anne, visited Dustin, now in his third NFL season punting with Kansas City as the Chiefs hosted Green Bay Nov. 4, to “hang out for a day or so and see the grandbaby.

“He’s had a good year, he’s happy with it,” Craig added about Dustin’s 46.2 per kick average after leading the NFL with a 39.3 net average in 2006. “Kansas City’s a tough place to punt, and he’s balanced the weather and the wind pretty well with his leg. He has a strong leg.”

The Pittsburgh atmosphere in the former Three Rivers Stadium in the 1970s and 80s as compared to the Arrowhead atmosphere in the mid 2000s? “[Arrowhead] is so similar to college football, it’s exciting, they call it the Sea of Red … tailgating is tremendous there like it is here [UT],” Craig said. “I compare it to Pittsburgh and Tennessee. It kind of exciting going from one to the next.”

Craig said he warned both sons that an NFL future means putting everything you do under a microscope.

“One of the first thing I talked to the boys about is, ‘if you’re going to do this, get ready,’” he said. “Anything you do, good or bad, is going to show up.”

Also, “A little league football field is the exact same size as a pro football field — it’s all the same size,” Craig added.

Though warning of enormous pressure, Craig also told his sons, “‘It’s a tremendous career, great job opportunity.’ I just treated it like what it is, it’s show business, and told ‘’em how to function within that world.”

Ironically, “Britton’s had a whole lot more experience than Dustin,” Craig said. “But Dustin’s taken to it really well.”

How important is your NFL rookie season? “I told Dustin, I told Britton, if you make it to the N-F-L you’re going to learn more in your first year than you ever did on this field [Shield-Watkins Field/Neyland Stadium] because all of a sudden there’s higher expectations,” Craig said.

The third generation of Colquitt kickers is a bit green right now. Dustin’s son, Brinkley, will be a 1-year-old Dec. 9.

“He’s already kicking the ball,” Craig said. “He actually learned to walk at nine-and-a-half months .... he’s very coordinated.”

Watch the 2026 UT recruiting class for a special kicking leg.

 

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