John Kidd (American football)

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John Kidd
Born: (1961-08-22) August 22, 1961 (age 56)
Springfield, IL
Career information
Position(s) Punter
College Northwestern[1]
NFL draft 1984 / Round: 5 / Pick: 128
Career history
As player
1984–1989 Buffalo Bills
1990–1994 San Diego Chargers
1994–1997 Miami Dolphins
1998 Detroit Lions
1998 New York Jets

Max John Kidd (born August 22, 1961 in Springfield, Illinois) is a former professional American football punter in the National Football League. He played 15 seasons for the Buffalo Bills, the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets.

Kidd was the highest-selected punter in Bills history. They chose him in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft from Northwestern University. He was the starting quarterback and punter at Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, from which he graduated in 1980.

Kidd was a first-team All-Big Ten and first-team All American in college and won the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor.[2] He continues to hold the career punting average record for his college alma mater, Northwestern (41.8), where he also holds the single-season average (45.6).[3]

During his 1994–97 tenure with the NFL's Dolphins, he established the career punting average record (44.2) for the franchise that stood until Brandon Fields joined the team in 2007 and surpassed Kidd in 2010.[4] In 1996, Kidd led the NFL with a 46.3 punting average.[5]


  1. ^ NU punting is Kidd stuff
  2. ^ Northwestern Football 2010 Media Guide, NU Sports, 2010.
  3. ^ Northwestern Football 2011 Yearbook. 2011. p. 163. 
  4. ^ "Miami Dolphins Kicking & Punting Career Register". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  5. ^ "1996 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 

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