Mike Horan (American football)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mike Horan
No. 2
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-01) February 1, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth: Orange, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Fullerton (CA) Sunny Hills
College: Long Beach State
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 9 / Pick: 235
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts: 1,003
Total yards: 42,286
Avg. / Net. yards: 42.2 / 36.1
Inside 20: 262
Touchbacks: 83
Fair catchs: 104
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael William Horan (born February 1, 1959) is a former professional American football punter. He played college football at Long Beach State and was drafted in the ninth round (235th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).

Although Horan played for five different teams during his career, he is best known for having punted for the Denver Broncos during their Super Bowl runs of the 1980s, and with the St. Louis Rams in their Super Bowl XXXIV victory (this was also his last NFL game). He tied the career record for most punts in Super Bowls with 17 total.[1]

He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1988 season, and named All-Pro, in which he had a 37.8 net average. He was for his coffin corner punts.[2]

College career[edit]

Horan attended Sunny Hills High School, after graduating, he attended Fullerton College before transferring to Long Beach State.[3]

In 1980, Horan appeared in 11 games. He recorded 58 punts for 2,369 yards. In 1981, he appeared in 10 games. He recorded 63 punts for 2,816 yards. He was named to the All-PCAA team.[4]

In 2008, Horan was inducted to the Fullerton College Athletic Hall of Fame.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Punting
Year Team GP Pnt. Yds. Avg. Net. Lng. Blk. In20 TB
1980 LBS 11 58 2,369 40.8 -- -- -- -- --
1981 LBS 10 63 2,816 44.7 -- -- -- -- --
Career 21 121 5,185 42.9 -- -- -- -- --

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Horan was selected in the ninth round (235th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, however he failed to make the team. The next year, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but failed his physical. He then spent time with the Buffalo Bills.[6]

In 1984, Horan appeared in 16 games. He recorded 92 punts for 3,880 yards, with 21 inside the 20, and six touchbacks.[7] In 1985, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 91 punts for 3,777 yards, with 20 inside the 20 and 10 touchbacks.[7] On August 29, 1986, he was released by the Eagles.[8] He then spent a short amount of time with the Minnesota Vikings.[9]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Horan then signed with the Denver Broncos after head coach Dan Reeves was informed by then New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells that Horan could potentially help the Broncos, who had already used two punters during the season.[10]

In his first season with the Broncos, Horan appeared in the final four games of the season. He recorded 21 punts for 864 yards, with eight inside the 20, and two touchbacks.[7] In 1987, he appeared in 12 games. He recorded 44 punts for 1,807 yards, with 11 inside the 20, and five touchbacks.[7] In 1988, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 65 punts for 2,861 yards, with 19 inside the 20 and one touchback.[7] For his performance, he was named to the Pro Bowl. In 1989, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 77 punts for 3,111 yards, with 24 inside the 20 and five touchbacks.[7] In 1990, he appeared in 15 games. He recorded 58 punts for 2,575 yards, with 14 inside the 20 and six touchbacks.[7] In 1991, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 72 punts for 3,012 yards, with 24 inside the 20 and eight touchbacks.[7] In 1992, he appeared in seven games. He recorded 37 punts for 1,681 yards, with seven inside the 20 and one touchback,[7] before suffering a major knee injury that ended his season.[11]

In August 1993, he was released by the Denver Broncos.[12]

Later career[edit]

On November 10, 1993, Horan signed with the New York Giants after the team wavied punter Sean Landeta.[13] For the season, he appeared in eight games. He recorded 44 punts for 1,882 yards, with 13 inside the 20 and one touchback.[7] On July 23, 1994 he was re-signed by the Giants.[14] For the season, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 85 punts for 3,521 yards, with 25 inside he 20 and seven touchbacks.[7] In 1995, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 72 punts for 3,063 yards, with 15 inside the 20 and eight touchbacks.[7] On May 6, 1996 he was re-signed by the Giants.[15] For the season, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded a career high 102 punts for a career high 4,289 yards, with, a career high, 32 inside the 20 and 10 touchbacks.[7]

On October 14, 1997, Horan signed with the St. Louis Rams.[15][6] For the season, he appeared in 10 games. He recorded 53 punts for 2,272 yards, with 10 inside the 20 and four touchbacks.[7] On September 22, 1998,[15] he signed with the Chicago Bears after Todd Sauerbrun tore his ACL in the third game of the season.[16][17][6] For the season, Horan appeared in 13 games. He recorded 64 punts for 2,643 yards, with 12 inside the 20 and four touchbacks.[7] On November 10, 1999 he re-signed with the St. Louis Rams.[15][6] That season, he appeared in the final eight games of the season. He recorded 26 punts for 1,048 yards, with seven inside the 20 and four touchbacks.[7] The final game of his career was the Rams' Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Punting
Year Team GP Pnt. Yds. Avg. Net. Lng. Blk. In20 TB
1984 PHI 16 92 3,880 42.2 35.6 69 0 21 6
1985 PHI 16 91 3,777 41.5 34.2 75 0 20 10
1986 DEN 4 21 864 41.1 34.5 50 0 8 2
1987 DEN 12 44 1,807 41.1 33.1 61 2 11 5
1988 DEN 16 65 2,861 44.0 37.8 70 0 19 2
1989 DEN 16 77 3,111 40.4 34.3 63 0 24 5
1990 DEN 15 58 2,575 44.4 38.9 67 1 14 6
1991 DEN 16 72 3,012 41.8 36.7 71 1 24 8
1992 DEN 7 37 1,681 45.4 40.2 62 1 7 1
1993 NYG 8 44 1,882 42.8 39.9 60 0 13 1
1994 NYG 16 85 3,521 41.1 35.3 63 2 25 7
1995 NYG 16 72 3,063 42.5 36.2 60 0 15 8
1996 NYG 16 102 4,289 42.0 35.9 63 0 32 10
1997 STL 10 53 2,272 42.9 36.3 60 0 10 4
1998 CHI 13 64 2,643 41.3 35.4 57 0 12 4
1999 STL 8 26 1,048 40.3 35.3 57 0 7 4
Career 205 1,003 42,286 42.2 36.1 75 7 262 83

Post-football[edit]

After retiring, Horan began giving punting lessions in and around the Los Angeles, California area. In 2005, he appeared in the film Tennis, Anyone...?.[18] In 2011, he attended an event in support of the Rams' return to Los Angeles.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super Bowl Records: Individuals - Punting". NFL.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ Olderman, Murray (January 27, 1990). "Comparison of Positions Shows 49ers the Favorite". Kokomo Tribune. p. 16. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  3. ^ "Fullerton College Centennial Celebration - Staff Stories". FullertonCollegeCentennial.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "All-PCAA Grid Team". Ukiah Daily Journal. December 2, 1981. p. 25. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  5. ^ "Athletic Hall of Fame". FCHornets.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d Stoda, Greg (June 7, 2000). "Punter Recalls Shootings". Indiana Gazette. p. 26. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Mike Horan". FootballDB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ "McMahon vs. Kelly Highlights Bills-Bears Exhibition Finale Sat. At N.D. Stadium". Tyrone Daily Herald. August 29, 1986. p. 5. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  9. ^ "Home of Champions - Long Beach State University Official Athletic Site". LongBeachState.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Parcells Finds Reeves a Punter". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. January 18, 1987. p. 27. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  11. ^ Simers, T.J. (September 1, 1993). "Punter Horan Might Wind Up With Rams : Football: Former Bronco and ex-Seahawk defensive lineman Woods could be added to roster before the season begins.". LATimes.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Transactions". NYTimes.com. August 31, 1993. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ "NFL Notes: Giant Waive Punter". The San Bernardino County Sun. November 10, 1993. p. 27. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  14. ^ "Transactions". NYTimes.com. July 23, 1994. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Mike Horan Transactions: Signing, Trades & more". FoxSports.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Sauerbruen unlikely vs. Vikes (Bears Notes)". Daily Herald. September 22, 1998. p. 134. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  17. ^ LeGere, Bob (September 24, 1998). "Horan to Take Over Punting Duties (Bears Notes: Just for Kicks)". Daily Herald. p. 165. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  free to read
  18. ^ "Mike Horan". IMDb.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ Markazi, Arash (August 15, 2011). "Group wants Rams back in L.A.". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 

External links[edit]