Bears sign West Potomac grad

Chris Blewitt kicks against Clemson in 2016. (University of Pittsburgh image)

West Potomac graduate Chris Blewitt signed with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

Blewitt portrait

Blewitt, a 2013 graduate of West Potomac and a 2017 graduate of Pittsburgh, has not played before in the NFL. He is now one of three kickers on the Bears roster, although last year’s starter, Cody Parkey, is expected to be released soon.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blewitt won a kicking competition last month that impressed Bears’ coaches. He joined other kickers in a tryout Wednesday at the Bears’ practice facility and earned himself the roster spot, the Tribune reported.

Blewitt set a school-record for career points by a kicker while playing collegiately at Pittsburgh. The biggest kick of his college career was a last-second 48-yard field goal to help the Panthers top the No. 2-ranked Clemson Tigers in 2016. It proved to be Clemson’s only loss of the season as the Tigers went on to win the National Championship.

Blewitt is actually the second member of West Potomac’s class of 2013 to sign with the Bears. Last spring Bunmi Rotimi signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. He was later waived during the team’s training camp cuts.