Marv Bateman

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Marv Bateman
No. 81, 7
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-04-05) April 5, 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Salt Lake City (UT) Highland
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x First Team All-American (1970, 1971)
  • 2x All-WAC (1970, 1971)
  • NFL All-Rookie Team (1972)
  • All-Pro selection (1976)
Career NFL statistics
Punts: 401
Punt average: 40.9
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Marvin Fredrick Bateman (born April 5, 1950) is a former American football punter in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. He was 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 football player to receive first team All-America honors two years in a row. 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. 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 team in 1976, 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.[6]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

In 1979, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers but retired before the start of the season.[7]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

In 1980, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and was released on August 26.[8]


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