Marv Bateman

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Marv Bateman
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-04-05) April 5, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Highland High School
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Debuted in 1972 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1990 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts 401
Punt average 40.9
Stats at
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Marvin Fredrick Bateman (born April 5, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a former American football punter in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. He was a second-team All-Pro in the 1976 season as a member of the Bills. He played college football for the University of Utah.

Early years[edit]

Bateman attended Highland High School and the University of Utah. In college he led the nation in punting twice and became the first and only Utah player to receive first team All-American honors twice. He was also an All-WAC performer and as a senior averaged 48.1 yards per punt and had a school record 59 yard field goal.[1]

In 1987, he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Bateman was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round of the 1972 NFL Draft and became the team starter, after the team traded Pro Bowl punter Ron Widby to the Green Bay Packers.[3]

He averaged 38.2 yards per punt in 1972, received NFL All-Rookie honors and was part of the Super Bowl VI championship team. He improved to 41.6 yards per punt in 1973, but was eventually released because of poor performance in 1974 and replaced with Duane Carrell.[4]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

The Buffalo Bills signed him after his release.[5] He led the NFL two years in a row in net yards per punt and was named to the All-Pro second-team in 1976,[6] the same year he had a 78-yard punt, which still stands as the longest punt in team history. He was released by the Bills on August 21, 1978.[7]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

In 1979, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers but retired before the start of the season.[8]

Saint Louis Cardinals[edit]

In 1980, he signed with the Saint Louis Cardinals and was released on August 26.[9]


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