Markus Kuhn (American football)
Kuhn in 2012
No. 78 New York Giants
|Date of birth:5 May 1986|
|Place of birth: Mannheim, Germany|
|College: North Carolina State|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 239|
|Debuted in 2012 for the New York Giants|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Markus Kuhn (born 5 May 1986) is a German-born American football defensive tackle for the New York Giants. He was selected in the seventh round, 239th overall, by the Giants in the 2012 NFL Draft, as the second native German to be drafted by an NFL team (the first was New England Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, the third Indianapolis Colts Outside Linebacker Björn Werner). In December of 2014 he became the first German citizen to score an NFL Touchdown; returning a fumble against the Tennessee Titans. Kuhn played college football at NC State.
Born in Mannheim, Germany, Kuhn started playing football at age 14. He was introduced to the sport while spending vacations with his family in Florida. His interest and curiosity lead him to start playing football in Germany and he eventually began playing Linebacker and Defensive Tackle for the Weinheim Longhorns, winning Rookie of The Year. Kuhn was a four time German Football League All-Star.
In 2007 Kuhn decided to play collegiate football. Without access to college recruiters, Kuhn resorted to physically visiting colleges with his father in 2007. He was ultimately given a scholarship at North Carolina State University. At NC State, Kuhn was part of the Champs Sports Bowl winning team in 2010 and the Belk Bowl winning team in 2011. In 2012 Kuhn earned a degree in Business economics.
2012 NFL Draft
Kuhn was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
New York Giants
On August 31, 2012, it was announced that Kuhn had made the final roster. He made his debut in the season's inaugural game with a tackle assist, a feat he matched in the subsequent games. He started his first game in Week 6 against Cleveland Browns. During the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 10, Kuhn suffered a torn ACL and missed the rest of the 2012 season. The Giants finished the season 9-7 and out of the playoffs.
Almost one year after his ACL tear, Kuhn returned to practicing with his team. Because of his strong work ethic, the coaches named Kuhn on November 6 to the Giants active roster. Kuhn had his season debut in Week 13 against the Washington Redskins, a game the Giants won. In week 14, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn returned a kickoff 13 yards, after the San Diego Chargers deliberately bounced a short kick, after a score with 19 seconds remaining in the first half. Kuhn and the Giants ended the season 7 - 9, failing to make the playoffs.
Kuhn showed a lot of desire and improvement during the off season and in the training camp of the New York Giants. This was why he made the roster for the 2014 NFL season. During the off season, it was also published that Markus Kuhn has a good friendship with former Giant and 2014 Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. Strahan calls Kuhn "Mr. Mannheim", because both have a relationship to this city. Kuhn was born in Mannheim and Strahan experienced the game of football in this city for the first time at the Mannheim Redskins (now the Rhein Neckar Bandits). In Week one, the Giants lost against the Detoit Lions. Kuhn missed the game because of an injury.
In week 14, on December 7th, 2014, Kuhn returned a fumble for a touchdown against the Titans. It was the Giants first non-offensive TD of the season. It was also the first ever touchdown scored by a German national in the NFL.
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