Brett Hartmann

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Brett Hartmann
No. 2
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-08-17) August 17, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Central Michigan University
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Last played in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Punts 58
Punt yards 2,573
Punting average 44.4
Stats at NFL.com

Brett Hartmann (born August 17, 1987) is a retired American football punter and kickoff specialist. [1] He was forced to retire after he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Central Michigan University.

Early years[edit]

Hartmann attended Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and was a student and a letterman in football.

Professional career[edit]

Hartmann was eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft but was not selected.

Houston Texans[edit]

He signed with the Houston Texans on July 28, 2011 as an undrafted free agent. He was released for the final roster cutdown, but was re-signed by the Texans after they released punter Brad Maynard. After playing in every game for the Texans, Hartmann suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against the Atlanta Falcons on December 4, and was placed on injured reserve on December 6, ending his season. On November 15, 2012, Hartmann sued the county agency that operates Reliant Stadium, blaming unsafe turf for a possibly career-ending knee injury.[2] 2 seasons later, Texans player Jadeveon Clowney also suffered an injury due to the said "unsafe turf" and many compared injuries due these and other facts.[3]

In 2012, Hartmann was suspended for four games by the league for violating the league's substance policy, and was replaced by Donnie Jones. Hartmann's suspension was later reduced to three.[4] Hartmann was released during pre-season cutdowns, and as a free agent, his suspension was extended by eight more games on September 24, 2012.[5]

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