Hayden Epstein

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Hayden Epstein
No. --
Date of birth: (1980-11-16) November 16, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): K
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
College: Michigan Wolverines
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 7 / Pick: 247
Drafted by: Jacksonville Jaguars
As player:

Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
Berlin Thunder
Edmonton Eskimos
Rhein Fire
Edmonton Eskimos*

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca
Playing stats at NFL.com

Hayden Epstein (born November 16, 1980) is a former professional American football player who was a placekicker in the National Football League, NFL Europa, and the Canadian Football League. He attended Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California and played college football for the Michigan Wolverines from 1998 to 2002.

Early life[edit]

Epstein, who was Jewish, was born in San Diego, California.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Epstein was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2002 NFL Draft and played in six games with the Jaguars in the 2002 NFL season before being picked up off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings on October 23, 2002, where he was a kickoff specialist for the remainder of the season. He was injured and released before the 2003 season.[3][4]

The Denver Broncos signed Epstein in February 2004 and assigned him to the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. He was released in September 2004.[4]

The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League signed Epstein during the 2005 CFL season pre-season and released him during training camp but recalled him in August when kicker Sean Fleming was good on only 11 of 19 field goal attempts. He appeared in four games for Edmonton, made 8 of 12 field goal attempts and punted 16 times for an average of 41 yards (37 m) but that record and especially a blocked kick on September 18, his final game for the Eskimos, resulted in his release on September 29.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

The Houston Texans signed him in January 2006 and assigned him to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. He was released in May 2006.[4]

On February 6, 2008, Hayden Epstein signed back on with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL, but he was released again on April 28.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Jewishsports.org. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Hayden Epstein NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1980-11-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Hayden Epstein". National Football League. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hayden Epstein, PK". KFFL. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ Zerr, Scott (August 23, 2005). "Stats for losers: Eskimos look to eliminate errors". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Roughriders @ Eskimos". CFL.ca. October 15, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Courtney (June 18, 2007). "My favourite moment at Taylor Field". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Eskimos release Epstein, Lewis". CFL.ca. September 29, 2005. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  9. ^ Petersen, Scott (October 19, 2005). "Stars align for Fleming". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Hall, Vicki (February 7, 2008). "Epstein called back". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved August 10, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Edmonton Eskimos transactions". Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009.