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Hunter Smith
No. 3     Washington Redskins
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: August 9, 1977 (1977-08-09) (age 32)
Place of birth: Sherman, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 7 / Pick: 210
Debuted in 1999 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • PFW / PFWA All-Rookie Team (1999)
  • Super Bowl champion (XLI)
  • AFC special teams player-of-the-week (2000)
  • 2× AFC special team player-of-the-month (2005)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Punts     577
Punting yards     25,038
Punting average     43.4
Stats at NFL.com

Hunter Dwight Smith (born August 9, 1977 in Sherman, Texas) is an American football punter for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Smith earned a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

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Early years

Smith attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he saw action as a quarterback, tight end, punter, and kicker, and was a two-time All-State selection.

College career

Smith played in all 45 career games for the University of Notre Dame over the course of his four seasons. He also handled all field goal holding duties. He ranks third on the schools career record list with 174 total punts and second on career yardage with an average of 41.2 yards per punt. Originally recruited as a QB, Smith also handled the emergency quarterback role. In both 1998 and 1999, Smith was Football News All-Independent first-team.[1]

NFL Career

Smith was named AFC special teams player of the week while playing for Indianapolis in 2005.

Smith threw a touchdown pass for the Washington Redskins against the Denver Broncos on November 15, 2009. The 35-yard pass went to the fullback, Mike Sellers. Smith was subsequently named the NFC special teams player of the week. He had previously run for an 8-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in the season's first game, making him the first special-teams player in NFL history to run and pass for a TD in the same season.[2]

Personal

Smith, a devout Christian, is a member of the band Connersvine. Connersvine has an acoustic-driven rock sound that communicates through worshipful melodies and passionate vocals. Made up of Chris Wilson and Smith, the acoustic duo sings about their religious faith, both recorded and live, sometimes on their own, and oftentime with a full band.

In 2005, he wrote and performed a song on the Bob and Tom Show, titled "The Most Accurate Holder to Ever Play the Game," referring to his holding duties for former Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

In 2007, Connersvine performed in Houston at the The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion as part of a 25th anniversary celebration for Christian radio station KSBJ. The evening began with their performance followed by TobyMac and Mercy Me among other artists. He and his wife, Jennifer, their sons, Josiah and Samuel, reside in Zionsville.

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