Wing signing autographs after training camp in 2014
|No. 9 New York Giants|
|Date of birth:||27 January 1991|
|Place of birth:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Baton Rouge (LA) Parkview Baptist|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Bradley Thomas Wing (born 27 January 1991) is an Australian American football punter for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at LSU.
Wing achieved fame during several nationally televised games for his accuracy and leg strength in LSU's punting game. He was also the first college football player to be penalized under a new rule regarding on-field taunting during scoring plays.
Wing was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His parents are Kathi and David Wing, the latter of whom punted professionally for the Scottish Claymores for a time after unsuccessfully trying out with the Detroit Lions. Growing up, Brad played Australian rules football which he says has contributed to his ability to punt so accurately. The younger Wing was cut from his TAC Cup club, the Sandringham Dragons, ending his Australian rules career. At that time, family friends of the Wings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana offered to host him for his senior year of high school as part of a student exchange program while trying out American football punting. He attended Parkview Baptist High School, where he was named All-State, and received a scholarship offer from LSU. Notably, he did not recognize LSU head coach Les Miles when the latter made his first visit to recruit him; he had to be told who Miles was. His family moved to Baton Rouge during the 2011 season in order to be with him during his LSU career.
In the summer of 2011, Wing was arrested for simple battery of Cameron Chabert, and was issued a misdemeanor summons. As a redshirt freshman, Wing averaged 43.0 yards per punt in 42 punts with a long of 73 yards through 12 games. That same year he landed 20 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Some have credited Wing with being the crucial element in top-ranked LSU's 9–6 overtime win at #2 Alabama in the 2011 season. From LSU's red zone Wing kicked a 73-yard punt, hitting a camera wire, forcing overtime. Wing gained notoriety during a game against the Florida Gators by stretching his arms out during a fake punt play on his way to a 52-yard touchdown. Because of a new rule taking effect that season, Wing was penalized, and the touchdown was nullified. Going into the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama, opponents had attempted to return Wing's punts only 17 times for a total of 6 yards. During 2011 and 2012, Wing averaged 44.6 yards per punt, which is the highest in school history for a player with at least 100 punts. However, Wing was suspended from the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
In 2014, Wing signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers to serve as the punter and holder for field goals and PATs. In the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his punt went only 29 yards, giving the ball to the Buccaneers at the Steelers' 46-yard line with 40 seconds to go. The Buccaneers scored the game-winning touchdown a few plays later.
In a game against the Baltimore Ravens on 2 November 2014, following a botched snap on a point-after kick for which Wing was the holder, Wing completed a pass to Matt Spaeth for a two-point conversion, thus becoming the first Australian player in NFL history to score from a pass.
New York Giants
On 4 September 2015, Wing was traded to the New York Giants for a seventh round draft pick. After the Giants acquired Wing from the Steelers, veteran punter Steve Weatherford was released the same day. In 2015, he punted 76 times and had a 44.5-yard gross average and a 38.9-yard net average. 33 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, which tied the Giants’ single-season record set by Brad Maynard in both 1997 and 1998. On 11 July 2016, Wing signed a 3-year contract extension with the Giants. The extension was reportedly worth three years and $6.45 million.
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- Dragon, Tyler (11 July 2016). "Brad Wing signs 3-year, $6.45M extension with Giants". NFL.com. Retrieved 29 August 2016.