Packer Punter: Super Bowl’s Kentucky Connection

When Tony and Mike give you serious props on Pardon The Interruption, you know you’re the real deal.

Especially when it comes to the NFL, the league over which these giant sports pundits slobber.

So, hey, Tim Masthay, come on down and bask in the spotlight.

The former Wildcat punter toiled during the regular season on Green Bay’s fabled frozen tundra.

And, he’s coming soon to the Super Bowl, an appearance he was more than peripherally instrumental in securing. His Packers will play the Steelers.

Truth: The Pack made it, thanks in good part to the incredible work of Murray, Ky’s Masthay.

Check out these numbers. Eight punts. 43.5 yards/ punt average. Only 35 return yards. That’s 4.375 measly yards per return. Four of Masthay’s punts dropped deftly inside the 20. That’s the gold standard.

Which is to say that the Bears were pinned back in their own territory much of the day. Which is to say that Devin Hester, the greatest punt returner in the history of pro football, did exactly this: Nothin’.

The former Big Bluer did nothing more against Chicago than he has all autumn for the Green & Gold. 43.9 average on the season’s 71 punts. And, he deposited 25 of those kicks inside the 20. That’s a seriously glossy 35% of his kicks on the year.

It’s been almost 40 years since the importance of punting was revealed. Southern Mississippi’s Ray Guy was the first — and, maybe, still the only — punter to be selected in the first round of the draft. By Oakland. Al Davis may be a wack job these days, old and in the way. But he knew/ knows his football.

College football’s best punter award is named for Ray Guy.

This season, pro football’s most effective punter has been former Kentucky Wildcat, Tim Masthay.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. fred
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    If my memory serves me correctly, Ray Guy is also the only punter in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Stat Boy?

  2. fred
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I stand corrected. Ray Guy is not in the Pro Football HOF. There are no punters in the Hall (at least not admitted at that position.) There are three placekickers.

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