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Encyclopedia > Punter (football position)

[[Image:|frame|right|Todd Sauerbrun punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers.]] A punter in American or Canadian football is a special teams player who receives the snapped ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage. The opposing team may receive the ball by stopping the offense on a fourth (or third in Canadian football) down. Punters must be skilled in angling the football and/or kicking it as high as possible (called ‘hangtime’) to maximize his teammates’ ability to eliminate a punt returner's forward progress. Punters are rarely well known, or recognized by fans, but play a major role in winning the field position battle. Today, punters have increasingly began to pull double duty as the holder on field goal attempts and also being used on kickoffs as well. One of the main reasons why punters are starting to take over the holder position is that the backup quarterback is usually busy with the rest of the offense and has little time to devote to holding. The deep snapper for field goals is usually the punt snapper as well (see long snapper), so the punter already has developed a chemistry with the snapper. Punters are also kickers and naturally understand kicking mechanics better, such as knowing how far back to lean the ball, and being a better judge on whether or not to abort a field goal attempt. Punters are also usually on their own for the most part during team practices, allowing them the time to work with the kicker. Many punters also double duty as kickoff specialists as most punters have been at one point field goal kickers as well and some, such as Craig Hentrich, have filled in as a worthy backup field goal kicker. Todd Sauerbrun (born January 4, 1973 in Setauket, New York) is an American football player. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... Todd Sauerbrun punts the ball for the Carolina Panthers. ... In American football, the term long snapper refers to a player who is a specialized center during punts, field goals, and extra point attempts. ...


Although most punters have relatively short playing careers some can have exceptionally long careers, compared to other NFL position players. One reason for this is their limited time on the field and heavy protection by penalties against defensive players for late hits makes them far less likely to be injured then other positions. Sean Landeta, for instance, played 19 NFL seasons and 3 USFL seasons for 8 different teams, and Darren Bennett played 11 NFL seasons despite not starting his NFL career until age 30 (he had previously been a professional in Australian rules football). Ray Guy (Oakland Raiders) is the first and only punter to be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. He is credited with raising the status of punters in the NFL because he proved to be a major ingredient in the Raiders success during the 1970s by preventing opponents from gaining field position advantage. Currently, Jeff Feagles, Chris Kluwe, Matt Turk, Brad Maynard, Shane Lechler, Brian Moorman, Chris Gardocki and Josh Bidwell are prominent NFL punters. Statistically, the greatest punter in the history of professional football is Bob Cameron of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) who, in a 23 year career, punted for 134,301 yards. Sean Landeta(BornJanuary 6,1962) is a National Football League punter with the St. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985, in the process presenting the rival National Football League with its greatest competitor since the 1960s version of the American Football League. ... Darren Bennett (born January 9, 1965 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian who had a moderately successful career in Australian Rules football, followed by a far more substantial career in American football as a punter. ... The Big Men Fly - high marking is a key skill and spectator attribute of Aussie Rules Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the most important skill in Aussie Rules Footy Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy... Legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Jeff Feagles (born March 7, 1966) is a punter currently playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League. ... Christopher James Kluwe, born December 24, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an NFL Punter. ... Matt Turk (born June 16, 1968) was an American football player. ... Brad Maynard is a punter for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Shane Lechler (born August 7, 1976 in East Bernard, Texas) is an American football punter who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders. ... Brian Donald Moorman (born February 5, 1976) is an NFL punter who has played for the Buffalo Bills since the 2001 season. ... Chris Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is a punter in the NFL and has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and the Cleveland Browns. ... Josh Bidwell (born March 13, 1976 in Winston, Oregon) is a punter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... --> Robert Bob Cameron (born July 18, 1954) played an amazing 23 seasons (1980-2002) with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. ... The Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a Canadian Football League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...


Current National Football League punters

Jason Michael Baker (born May 17, 1978 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American football punter for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Mitch Shannon Berger (born on June 24, 1972 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada) is a National Football League punter for the New Orleans Saints. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... Josh Bidwell (born March 13, 1976 in Winston, Oregon) is a punter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977... Dustin Farr Colquitt(Born:May 6,1982) is an NFL punter with the Kansas City Chiefs. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Clark Hunt [1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... Paul Ernster (Born: January 26, 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a practice squad member NFL kicker/punter for the Denver Broncos. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jeff Feagles (born March 7, 1966) is a punter currently playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants, Jersey Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National... Derrick Frost is an American football player who currently plays punter for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. Categories: | ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Chris Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is a punter in the NFL and has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and the Cleveland Browns. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Bill Cowher Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1943; 1945-1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Century Division (1967-1969) American Football... Ben Graham (born November 2, 1973) is a former Australian rules football player and currently on the roster of the New York Jets NFL team. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Robert Wood Johnson IV General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC... Christopher David Hanson(Born:October 5, 1976) is a National Football League punter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present... Nick Harris (born July 23, 1978) is an American football punter currently playing for the Detroit Lions. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Craig Hentrich (born May 18, 1971 in Alton, Illinois) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He lettered four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as both the placekicker and punter. ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titans Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Floyd Reese Mascot T-Rac League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins, The Fish Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, Navy Blue, and White Head Coach Nick Saban Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970... Christopher James Kluwe, born December 24, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an NFL Punter. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... Michael Koenen (born July 13, 1982 in Ferndale, Washington) is an American football punter in the NFL, currently playing with the Atlanta Falcons. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC... Kyle Larson is a punter for the Cincinnati Bengals. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Shane Lechler (born August 7, 1976 in East Bernard, Texas) is an American football punter who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... Andrew Paul Lee (born on August 11, 1982 in Westminster, North Carolina) is a punter in the NFL. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 6th round (188th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners Team colors Cardinal Red, Metallic Gold and Black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present... Brad Maynard is a punter for the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... Mat McBriar (born July 8, 1979 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian American football punter for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Hawaii. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames The Boys, Americas Team Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Silver-Green, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969... Josh Miller (born July 14, 1970 in Queens, New York) is an American punter in the NFL for the New England Patriots. ... City Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... Brian Donald Moorman (born February 5, 1976) is an NFL punter who has played for the Buffalo Bills since the 2001 season. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Dark Navy, Red, Royal, Nickel, and White Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ... Ryan Plackemeier is an american football punter who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the last round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... Scott Player(December 17, 1969) is a profesional National Football League kicker for the Arizona Cardinals. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green Owner Bidwill Family General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations Independent (1898-1919) National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950... Jon Ryan (born November 26, 1981 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian Football League punter for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... Mike Scifres (born October 8, 1980 in Metairie, LA) is a punter for the San Diego Chargers out of the Western Illinois University. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960... Hunter Dwight Smith (born August 9, 1977) is an American football player (punter) who currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001) AFC South (2002... Benjamin Chadwick Stanley (born January 29, 1976) is a National Football League punter for the Houston Texans. ... City Houston, Texas Team colors Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, and Liberty White Head Coach Gary Kubiak Owner Robert C. McNair General manager Rick Smith Mascot Toro League/Conference affiliations National Football League (2002–present) American Football Conference (2002-present) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Houston Texans (2002–present... Matt Turk (born June 16, 1968) was an American football player. ... City St. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... City Foxboro, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... David Michael Zastudil (born October 26, 1978 in Bay Village, Ohio) is a punter for the Cleveland Browns. ... 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