Matt Turk

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Matt Turk
Matt Turk.JPG
Turk in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-16) June 16, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth: Greenfield, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin–Whitewater
Undrafted in 1993
Debuted in 1993 for the Racine Raiders
Last played in 2011 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011
Punts 1,137
Punt Yards 48,146
Punting Yard Average 42.3
Stats at NFL.com
Turk Punting a football

Matthew Edward "Matt" Turk (born June 16, 1968) is a former American football punter.[1] He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Turk has also been a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.

Early years[edit]

Turk graduated Greenfield High School in his birthplace Greenfield, Wisconsin in 1986.[2]

Matt played college football for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1993. With the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, Turk averaged 36.3 yards per punt. The Warhawks won three straight Wisconsin State University Conference championships from the 1990 to 1992 seasons. Turk also played the tight end position at UWW.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Turk played for the Racine Raiders before entering the NFL. He signed with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams in 1993 and 1994 respectively, but did not make the final roster on either team.

Washington Redskins[edit]

On April 5, 1995 The Washington Redskins signed Turk. For the 1st time in his career, he made an NFL Roster. He stayed on the team until they traded Turk to the Miami Dolphins on March 9, 2000. He was traded because of a stained relationship with owner Dan Snyder over a finger injury he had that caused him to miss a game. He also was upset because there was a report that he got injured in a basketball game (although that was later proven false after it was discovered that he was mis-diagnosed.) Turk said he "wasn't surprised" and the Redskins "did him a favor" by trading him.[4]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Turk played for the Dolphins for 2 seasons (2000-2001).

New York Jets[edit]

On April 23, 2002, Turk signed with the New York Jets. On March 7, he was released.

Return to Dolphins[edit]

After a poor performance by Mark Royals, Turk was re-signed by the Dolphins on September 29, 2003. After having a visit with the Green Bay Packers (the first team he signed with his career)[5] He ultimately re-signed with the Dolphins on March 23, 2004.[6] After being placed on Injured Reserve,[7] he was released on October 12, 2005.

Return to Rams[edit]

On April 4, 2006, Turk and the St. Louis Rams agreed to a 1 year deal[8] 12 years after he signed with the team (known as the Los Angeles Rams then).

Houston Texans[edit]

The Houston Texans signed Matt Turk late in the 2007 offseason to compete with incumbent punter Chad Stanley. He won the job after Chad Stanley was cut on August 31, 2007[9] After ranking 2nd in punts inside the 20, he was re-signed for a 2 year, 3.5 million dollar contract on March 19, 2008, the first day he was eligible to sign a free agent contract.[10] On March 9, 2010, his agent David Canter announced he signed a 1 year contract to return to the Texans. He was not re-signed in 2011

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On July 28, 2011, Turk signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released October 11 [11] after a terrible game against the Bengals. The fans booed him and he was waving his hands as if he wanted to be booed more.[12]

Return to Texans[edit]

After Brett Hartmann was placed on IR, the Texans re-signed Matt Turk. He said it was a "dream come true" to return to the team.

Personal[edit]

Turk currently lives in Houston, Texas. He has a wife, Stephanie, and his 3 daughters.[13]

The youngest of six brothers,[14] Matt Turk had a brother who also played in the NFL, Dan Turk, who was a center for 15 seasons; Dan died on December 24, 2000. In his last season, Dan was the long snapper for one of Matt's punts, to become the first brothers to do so.[15]

His nephew, Ben Turk, has been the starting punter for the University of Notre Dame for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.[16] Ben Turk worked out for the Texans' rookie mini camp in the 2013 off season, but didn't sign.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-01-05/sports/fl-notre-dame-local-players-0106-20130105_1_matt-turk-long-snapper-ben-turk
  2. ^ McGinn, Bob (December 6, 2008). "Turk offers cold logic to Kapinos". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Derek Stanley joins another former Warhawk in Saint Louis". Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks. May 1, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2000-03-09/sports/0003081300_1_stanley-pritchett-dolphins-anthony-dorsett
  5. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-114215580.html
  6. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-92628018.html
  7. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-113032126.html
  8. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-11204847.html
  9. ^ http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-release-veteran-punter-Chad-Stanley-1833590.php
  10. ^ http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-to-re-sign-punter-Turk-1774263.php
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/statuses/123840317882499072
  12. ^ http://members.jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-10-09/story/jaguars-notebook-matt-turk-silent-after-costly-late-punt
  13. ^ http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Justice-Every-day-like-Father-s-Day-for-Texans-1701610.php
  14. ^ "Matt Turk". Houston Texans. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ Duncan, Chris (August 3, 2007). "Texans punter inspired by memory of his brother". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved June 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ben Turk". UND. Retrieved Sep 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/05/texans-report-56-players-take-part-in-drills/