Brett Kern

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Brett Kern
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No. 6     Tennessee Titans
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-17) February 17, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Grand Island, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 217 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Grand Island (NY)
College: Toledo
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2008 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2014
Punts 485
Punting Yards 21,783
Punting Yard Average 44.9
Stats at NFL.com

Brett Kern (born February 17, 1986) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Toledo.

College career[edit]

Kern played college football at the University of Toledo for coach Tom Amstutz. The MAC Report Online named Kern the Mid-American Conference’s ‘’Special Teams Player of the Year’’ in 2007.[1] Kern was also a finalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2007.[2] That year, he averaged 46.5 yards per punt, second in the nation.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Kern won the starting punter for the 2008 Broncos, winning the job over competitor Sam Paulescu.[4]

During his rookie season with the Broncos Kern attempted 46 punts for an average of 46.7, his longest punt of the year was 64 yards against the San Diego Chargers in week 2. He gave away one touchdown this year against the Oakland Raiders in week 12 when Johnnie Lee Higgins took the punt back 89 yards for the score.

Despite having the 3rd highest yards per punt average in NFL history,[5] Kern was waived by the Broncos.[6]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Kern was claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans replacing Reggie Hodges. At the time Kern was released from the Broncos and claimed by the Titans, the Broncos were 6-0 while the Titans were 0-6. A subsequent Titans winning streak and Broncos losing streak led to a situation where teams with Kern on the roster had compiled a record of 11-0 to begin the season, despite the two teams being a collective 12-10 overall in that period.

In 2014, Kern was challenged for his #6 jersey by newly-signed free agent quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in an arm-wrestling match. Kern surprised the prognosticators and pundits, and indeed, the entire sports world, when he defeated the quarterback in a grueling 22 second match for the ages.

Personal[edit]

Kern is the son of Cal Kern, owner of the amateur Niagara Power baseball team. Kern is a 2004 graduate of Grand Island High School where he was All-New York State as a senior and a member of the schools Section VI championship team. At Grand Island, Kern was coached by Dean "The Professor" Santorio, a noted guru in the American football specialties of punting and placekicking. Following graduation from high school, Kern represented New York State in the New York-New Jersey Governor's Bowl played at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brett Kern Named MAC Report Online 2007 Special Teams Player of the Year - University of Toledo Rockets Athletics Official Site - UTRockets.com". www.utrockets.com. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ Brian Nowicki (November 19, 2007). "Brett Kern Named Ray Guy Award Finalist". ROCKET DIGEST.COM. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nowicki, Brian. "Scout.com: Brett Kern Named Ray Guy Semifinalist". toledo.scout.com. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  4. ^ Jones, Lindsay H. (August 31, 2008). "Kern survives punters' war". Denver Post. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Kern waived; Berger new Broncos punter". Denver Post. October 26, 2009. 

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