Mike Saxon

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Mike Saxon
No. 4
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-07-10) July 10, 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth: Whittier, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Arcadia (CA)
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 11 / Pick: 300
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts: 813
Punting average: 41.7
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Michael Eric Saxon (born July 10, 1962) is a former American football player. He had an 11-year career in the National Football League from 1985 to 1995 as a punter. He played in Super Bowl XXVII as a member of the Dallas Cowboys against the Buffalo Bills. Saxon was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1984 NFL Draft. Visit his website at MikeSaxon.com

Early years[edit]

Saxon attended Arcardia High School before playing for Pasadena City College, where he was a two-time All-Metro Conference selection.

He walked-on at San Diego State University in 1982 and was named the starter at punter. He lost his job after struggling with his production, but regained it in the tenth game of the season against Brigham Young University, setting a school record with an 80-yard punt. He finished the year with a 41.8 yards punting average.

As a senior, he received Honorable Mention All-American and second-team All-WAC honors, after registering school records with a 45.5 season punting average and a 54.9 yards average in one game (against Brigham Young University). He left with the school records for best career average (43.5), best season average (45.5), best game average (54.9) and longest punt (80 yards).

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Saxon was selected in the 11th round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions and was waived on August 27, 1984.[1]

Arizona Outlaws[edit]

On October 27, 1984, he signed with the Arizona Outlaws of the USFL and was released on February 11, 1985.[2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In the 1970s and early 1980s the Dallas Cowboys had the luxury that they didn't need to carry a punter on their roster, because quarterback Danny White could perform that task at a high level. In order to avoid a potential injury to White, the team kept searching for a replacement until signing Saxon in 1985. In his first year, he finished with a 41.9-yard average, best by a Cowboy in 16 years and best by a rookie in franchise history.

Every year he was among the league leaders in punts downed inside the 20 yard line. In 1991, he tied for fourth in the NFL with a career best 36.8 yard net average.

Saxon was waived on July 7, 1993, after being on the winning team in Super Bowl XXVII.[3]

New England Patriots[edit]

In 1993, he signed with the New England Patriots and averaged 42.4 yards per punt. He was released on August 20, 1994.[4]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On August 28, 1994, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings.[5] In his two years he averaged 42.9 and 40.9 yards respectively. He was cut on August 26, 1996.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Saxon has a roofing business (MikeSaxonRoofing.com) and is a co-founder of Servant Energy Partners.

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