Hunter Smith

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Hunter Smith
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No. ---     Retired
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-08-09) August 9, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Sherman, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 210
Debuted in 1999 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2010
Punts 691
Punting yards 24,500
Punting average 43.0
Stats at NFL.com

Hunter Dwight Smith (born August 9, 1977 in Sherman, Texas) is a retired [1] American football punter. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Smith earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Early years[edit]

Smith attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he saw action as a quarterback, tight end, punter, and kicker, and was a two-time Texas All-State selection.

College career[edit]

Smith played in all 45 career games for the University of Notre Dame over the course of his four seasons. He also handled all field goal holding duties. He ranks third on the schools career record list with 174 total punts and second on career yardage with an average of 41.2 yards per punt. Originally recruited as a QB, Smith also handled the emergency quarterback role. In both 1998 and 1999, Smith was Football News All-Independent first-team.[2] Smith also joined the track and field team at Notre Dame as a high jumper. Hunter graduated from Notre Dame in 1999 with degrees in Theology and Sociology.[3]

NFL career[edit]

During his rookie season in 1999, he was selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team and has been named Pro Bowl Alternate 3 times throughout his career.[4]

Smith was named AFC special teams player of the week while playing for Indianapolis in 2005.

Smith threw a touchdown pass for the Washington Redskins against the Denver Broncos on November 15, 2009. The 35-yard pass went to the fullback, Mike Sellers. Smith was subsequently named the NFC special teams player of the week. He had previously run for an 8-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in the season's first game, making him the first special-teams player in NFL history to run and pass for a TD in the same season.[5] He has scored 3 touchdowns in his NFL career .[6]

On October 7, 2010, the Redskins signed Smith after a season-ending injury to Josh Bidwell.

On December 14, 2010, the Redskins cut Smith after botching an extra point attempt, a result of him allowing the snap pass through his hands as he held for kicker Graham Gano.[7] At the time, the Redskins trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-16 with nine seconds to play in the fourth quarter. The Redskins lost the game.

Personal[edit]

Smith, a devout Christian, is a member of the band Connersvine. Connersvine has an acoustic-driven rock sound that communicates through worshipful melodies and passionate vocals. Made up of Chris Wilson and Smith, the acoustic duo sings about their religious faith, both recorded and live, sometimes on their own, and oftentime with a full band. "The Hunter Smith Band" is the name of the full ensemble.

In 2005, he wrote and performed a song on the Bob and Tom Show, titled "The Most Accurate Holder to Ever Play the Game," referring to his holding duties for former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

In 2007, Connersvine performed in Houston at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion as part of a 25th anniversary celebration for Christian radio station KSBJ. The evening began with their performance followed by TobyMac and Mercy Me among other artists. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their three kids, Josiah, Samuel, and Lydia reside in Zionsville, IN.

Recently he helped Zionsville High School student Emma Petts with her song Take Me to the Rain, which is now on iTunes. He can be seen playing the guitar for her on YouTube.

Smith published a book in 2012, The Jersey Effect: Beyond the World Championship, which is about several Colt players who played in Super Bowl XLI, examining their championship success and battles they faced too.

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