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Tom Rouen
Position(s)
Punter
Jersey #(s)
16
Born June 9, 1968 (1968-06-09) (age 41)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Career information
Year(s) 19922005
College Colorado
Professional teams
Career stats
Punts 810
Punting Yards 35,189
Punting Avg 43.4
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Francis Rouen (born June 9, 1968 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is an American football punter who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League in the 2005 season.

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Early life

Rouen attended Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, where he lettered in football and baseball. He was listed on the depth chart as a tight end.

College career

Rouen started his career at Colorado State University in 1987 before transferring to the University of Colorado.He led the nation as a junior with a 45.9 yards per punt average, and was rewarded with a spot on the All-America team. Rouen's most famous punt came in the final minute of the 1991 Orange Bowl when Raghib Ismail returned the punt 91 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately for Rouen, the return was called back on a clipping penalty and Colorado won the game 10-9 and a share of the 1990 National Championship.

Professional career

Rouen was an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 1991 but was waived before the preseason. The following year, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams but again was waived before the preseason.

He signed with the Ohio Glory of the World League of American Football and made the All-World League team. He then joined the Denver Broncos before the start of the 1993 NFL season and stayed with the team for eight seasons, in the process winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. He appeared in every game with the Broncos and left the team as the all-time leader in punts.

He then had a journeyman-like 2002 season, as he was waived by the Broncos, signed and subsequently waived by the New York Giants, and picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers all within the course of a month and a half. He finished the season with Pittsburgh before signing with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2003 NFL season. He was placed on injured reserve midway through the 2004 campaign and was later waived by Seattle. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers before the 2005 season, but they released him in favor of Jason Baker, and he was re-signed by Seattle, where he completed the 2005 season before being released.

He was later signed by the 49ers to compete with Andy Lee for the starting punter job but later cut from the team and did not play in 2006.

Personal life

Rouen is married to six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.

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