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Steve Weatherford
No. 9     New York Jets
Personal information
Date of birth: December 17, 1982 (1982-12-17) (age 27)
Place of birth: Crown Point, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
Undrafted in 2006
Debuted in 2006 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten (2003)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2004)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2008
Punts     178
Punt Yards     7,732
Punting Yard Average     43.4
Stats at

Steve Weatherford (born December 17, 1982 in Crown Point, Indiana) is an American football punter for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Illinois.

Weatherford has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Early years

Weatherford attended Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he played punter, kicker and safety on the football team. As a punter and place kicker, he set records for the most field goals in a career, longest punting average and longest field goal made (55 yards vs. Lawrence North High School). He averaged 45.4 yards per punt and held a 4.26 second hangtime average. As a kicker, Weatherford made 37 of 40 extra point attempts and connected on seven field goals from 40 yards or longer. He was named to the All-Conference team and earned All-State honors as a kicker twice consecutively. As a safety, Weatherford managed two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Weatherford also played soccer, track and basketball, earning a total of thirteen varsity letters in his high school career. He was an All-County forward in soccer, and an All-State track team member three times. He also set a Junior Olympics record in the 4x800 meters relay. He also set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles (39.34 seconds).

College career

Entering the University of Illinois in 2001, Weatherford redshirted his freshman year. He was named the starter in 2002, averaging 39.7 yards on 23 punts.

In 2003, Weatherford was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Conference selection. Weatherford averaged 44.5 yards on 43 punts, breaking the school record held by Dike Eddleman since 1948 (43.0 yards per punt). This placed Weatherford at second in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation in punting average. He was also named the school's Special Teams player of the Year.

In 2004, Weatherford earned First-team All-Big Ten honors from the Coaches and Second-team honors from the media. Sports Illustrated named him the Most Underrated Player in the Big Ten. He finished second in the Big Ten in punting average, again, and fourth nationally. Weatherford wracked up 45.4 yards per punt on 57 attempts, breaking the record he set the previous season. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. He also scored a touchdown on a fake field goal against Northwestern on November 20, 2004.[1]

In his senior season in 2005, Weatherford punted 64 times for a per punt average of 42.8 yards. Weatherford finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time leader in career punting average, with a career average of 43.6 yards per punt.

Professional career


New Orleans Saints

Weatherford was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 20, 2006 by New Orleans. Weatherford was released by New Orleans on September 2 only to be re-signed on September 5, 2006.

Steve Weatherford played in all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints, punting 77 times for an average of 43.8 yards per punt, which ranked 15th in the NFL. He had a season-long of 59 yards, and 19 of his punts were inside the 20-yard line. Weatherford also recorded two solo tackles and a 15 yard rush for a first down.

On October 20, 2008, he was released by the Saints.

Kansas City Chiefs

Weatherford was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on October 22, 2008, to replace an Injured Dustin Colquitt. The Chiefs then put him on waivers on November 4.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Weatherford was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 25 after Adam Podlesh went on injured reserve. He competed with Podlesh for a spot on the Jaguars' roster for 2009 but was eventually cut by the team on September 5, 2009.

New York Jets

Weatherford was signed by the New York Jets on September 7, 2009 and was the the team's punter for the 2009 season. However, he was unable to play in the Jets' first playoff game due to problems with an irregular heartbeat. After the game, Weatherford explained that he had undergone surgery during college to correct a genetic heart condition that caused his heart to race, and that during his professional career the problem had not recurred until this game. Weatherford said he was taking medication to control the condition, was cleared to play in the Jets' next game, and would have minor heart surgery to address the problem after the season.[2]


He is married to his wife Laura. The two have a son, Ace.


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