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Brad Maynard

Brad Maynard at the Chicago Bears 2009 Training Camp.
No. 4     Chicago Bears
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: February 9, 1974 (1974-02-09) (age 35)
Place of birth: Tipton, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
College: Ball State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
Debuted in 1997 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Record- Most Punts in a Super Bowl
  • NFL Record- Most punts in a rookie season (1997)
  • Special Teams Player of the Week (x1)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Punts     1,165
Punt Yards     49,011
Punting Yard Average     42.1
Stats at NFL.com

Bradley "Brad" Alan Maynard (born February 9, 1974 in Tipton, Indiana) is an American football punter and holder for the National Football League's Chicago Bears. Maynard was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of Ball State University where he was an All-American.

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College career

Maynard attended Ball State University, where he averaged 44.2 yards per kick, ranking third in NCAA history. He amassed over 10,700 yards on 242 punts. Maynard was named onto the consensus All-American selection and All-Mid-American Conference first-team pick. He won MAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and MVP following his senior campaign. He majored in business while playing for the Cardinals. He was described as quiet, humble, and hard working during his collegiate years.[1]

Maynard was inducted into Ball State's Athletic Hall of Fame on February 8, 2008.[2]

Professional career

The New York Giants selected Maynard in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, which made him one of the highest drafted punters in the modern era of football.[3] He was a member of the 2000 New York Giants, who played the Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XXXV. Though the Giants lost the game, 34-7, Maynard set an NFL record for most punts in a Super Bowl game.[4] Following the season's end, Maynard hit free agency, and signed with the Chicago Bears.

Maynard is also known for his occasional trick plays. On rare occasions, he may pass in order to convert on first downs. His most notable trick play came in 2001, when he threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Brian Urlacher on a fake field goal en route to a 20-15 victory over the Washington Redskins, which secured the Bears the NFC's second playoff seed. He also threw passes on fake punts during two Bears' season finales in 2005 and 2006. His career passing stats are 4-7 with two touchdowns.[5]

In January 2007, he was voted to be the sexiest member of the Chicago Bears.[6] Along with Patrick Mannelly, Bears' kicker Robbie Gould claims Maynard to be one of the Bears' unsung heros. [7]

Personal

He and his partner, Karen, have 2 sons, Conner and Cole and a daughter, Eva.

Every Monday during football season he is featured on "Maynard Monday" with Eric and Kathy on 101.9 the Mix where he discusses the previous Bears game.

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