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Craig Hentrich

Hentrich (15) holding a kick in November 2008
No. 15     
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: May 18, 1971 (1971-05-18) (age 38)
Place of birth: Alton, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200
Debuted in 1994 for the Green Bay Packers
Last played in 2009 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Punts     1,150
Punt Yards     49,281
Punting Yard Average     42.9
Games played     241
Stats at NFL.com

Craig Hentrich (pronounced /ˈhɛntrɪk/) (born May 18, 1971 in Alton, Illinois) is a former American football punter. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Hentrich has also played for the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

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Early years

Hentrich graduated from Marquette Catholic High School.

College career

Hentrich lettered four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as both the placekicker and punter. He finished his career with a school-record 44.1-yard punting average and had 39 career field goals (on 56 attempts) to rank second behind John Carney’s 51. Also, he finished his career ranked second on the school's all-time scoring list with 294 points, the most ever by an Irish kicker, and made a record 98.3 percent (177/180) of his PAT attempts.

Professional career

Hentrich was drafted in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, but was then signed to the Green Bay Packers. Hentrich spent four seasons with the Packers, playing in all 16 games for Green Bay from 1994 through 1997. He also handled kickoffs regularly for the Packers during the 1996 season, helping the Packers to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXI. Hentrich signed with the Tennessee Titans following the 1997 season.

Hentrich became a free agent after the 2008 season and was thinking of retiring. On March 6, 2009, he decided to return to football so he and the Tennessee Titans have come to terms. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, which under the labor agreement costs teams considerably less in cap dollars. As of July 2009, Hentrich is the only player on an NFL roster who was drafted in a round later than the seventh. He is also one the last two remaining active Tennessee Titans from the 1999 team along with Jevon Kearse that won the AFC Championship, qualified for Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, losing to the St. Louis Rams.

He acts as a punter and also holds the ball on field goals.

Hentrich was placed on injured reserve in 2009, ending his season.

He retired following the 2009 season after playing in 241 games and 16 seasons, falling just short of 50,000 career punting yards.[1]

References

  1. ^ AP, Hentrich to retire after 17 seasons[1]

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