Steve
Weatherford
NFL Punter
Date of Birth: 17/Dec/1982
Height: 1.91 m
Weight: 215 lb
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Steve Weatherford attended Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he played punter, kicker and safety on the football team.

As a punter and place kicker, he set records for the most field goals in a career, longest punting average and longest field goal made (55 yards vs. Lawrence North High School). He averaged 45.4 yards per punt and held a 4.26 second hang time average.

In high school, Weatherford also played soccer, track and basketball, earning a total of thirteen varsity letters. He was an All-County forward in soccer in addition to a three-time All-State track team member. He also set a Junior Olympics record in the 4x800 meters relay.

College

Entering the University of Illinois in 2001, Weatherford redshirted his freshman year. In 2002, he was named the starter, averaging 39.7 yards on 23 punts.

In 2003, Weatherford made Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Conference selection and was averaging 44.5 yards on 43 punts, breaking the school record held by Dike Eddleman since 1948 (43.0 yards per punt). This placed Weatherford second in the Big Ten and 12th in the USA for his punting average. He was also named the school's Special Teams player of the Year.

In 2004, Weatherford earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors from the Coaches and Second-Team honors from the media. Sports Illustrated named him the Most Underrated Player in the Big Ten. He again finished second in the Big Ten in punting average and fourth nationally.

In 2004, Weatherford earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors from the Coaches and Second-Team honors from the media. Sports Illustrated named him the Most Underrated Player in the Big Ten. He again finished second in the Big Ten in punting average and fourth nationally.

Professional

On April 20, 2006, Weatherford was signed as an un-drafted free agent by New Orleans Saints. He played in all 16 games for the Saints, punting 77 times for an average of 43.8 yards per punt (15th in the NFL). He had a season-long 59 yards, with 19 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Weatherford also recorded two solo tackles and a 15-yard rush for a first down. On October 20, 2008, the Saints released him.

Since that time, Steve has played with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars; most recently signing with the New York Jets in September of 2009; appointed the Team's punter for the 2009 and 2010 season.

During last year's season, Weatherford clocked 42 punts inside the 20-yard line – equal first in NFL rankings for 2010.

 

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