ALL PRO 2 TIME SELECTION
P - Moorman, Brian, Pitt State - Buffalo Bills Punter
- Pittsburgh State
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Paul Assad, Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting comments:
Very athletic. Smaller but fast. All American Track skillz. Initially, working with Paul Assad when he came out of college had to rework his ball set and timing of release. Was signed by Seattle and played pre season with Jeff Feagles back to back seasons, was picked up by Buffalo after his 2nd stint in NFL Europa playing for Berlin and has become the Bills All Time Punter to record and 2 time Pro Bowl Selection.
PRO: Joined the Bills as a free agent on July 20, 2001 and handled the team’s punting and kickoff duties in the 2001 season…originally signed by the Seahawks on 2/24/99 and was in Seattle’s training camp in 1999 and 2000 but was released before the start of the season each time…allocated to NFL Europe by the Seahawks in 2000 and was assigned to the Berlin Thunder…played for the Thunder in 2000 and 2001 and led the league in punting each season.
NFL AWARDS: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Six, 2004...AFC Special Teams Player of the Week 10, 2005...AFC Special Teams Player of the Week 9, 15, 2006...AFC Special Teams Player of the Month – November, 2006...NFL Pro Bowl Selection 2006, 2007...AP All-Pro First Team Selection 2005, 2006
CAREER: Snapped career-high 25 game streak with a punt inside the 20 in Week Five (10/5), but ended the season with another streak, this time going eight games with a punt inside the 20...179 career punts inside the 20 ranks second on Bills all-time list...Earned second consecutive Pro Bowl trip in 2007...Career 43.17 avg. remains first on the team’s all-time list...Set a Bills record by averaging 57.83 yards per punt against Chi. (10/8/06). Holds three of the top four spots in Bills history...Ranks second all time with 610 punts as a Bill (Chris Mohr, 769)...One of the team’s most durable and effective players. Is the only Bill to play in every game since 2001. Has never missed a game in his career...Named the 2005 Pro Football Weekly Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian of the Year Award. Was honored as the Bills 2003 and 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence...Through his PUNT Foundation, Moorman is a fixture in the Buffalo community making visits to local hospitals every Tuesday during the season and other community events throughout the year.
• Totaled 58 punts for 2,557 yards for a 44.09 average, the fifth-highest in club history
• Threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to DE Ryan Denney on a fake field goal attempt vs. Sea. (9/7)… was his second career completion and became the sixth non-QB in team history to throw a touchdown pass… first punter in NFL to complete a TD since Pittsburgh’s Josh Miller (1/28/2003)… tied a career game-high nine punts to move into second on the Bills all-time punt attempts list
• Tied club record with five punts in-the-20 at StL. (9/28)
• Punted five times for 208 yards, landing four inside the Patriots 20 yard line at NE (11/9)
• Two of his three punts vs. Cle. (11/17) forced the Browns to start inside their 20 yard line
• Totaled three punts for 166 yards at NYJ (12/14)… two of his three positioned the Jets inside the 20
• Increased his club-record punting average to 43.23 with three punts for 158 yards at Den. (12/21)
• Played in his 128th career game, tying Tony Greene for 28th on club’s participation chart vs. NE (12/28)
• Vs. Den. (9/9), posted a 43.7 average on six punts… Three punts forced the Broncos to start their drive inside the 20
• Punted four times for a 43.8 average at Pit. (9/16)… Forced the Steelers to start a drive inside the 20 once
• At NE (9/23), registered seven punts for a 49.0 average... Two punts resulted in a drive for the Patriots starting inside the 20… Posted a season-long 75-yard; kick his longest since an 80-yarder in 2004
• Played in his 100th career game vs. NYJ (9/30)… Had a 38.7 average on three punts with one landing inside the 20
• Vs. Dal. (10/8), posted a 47.4 average on five punts with two forcing the Cowboys to start inside their 20… Recorded a 10-yard rush on a fake punt in the first quarter for a first down… Was his eighth attempt of his career and longest gain since a career-long of 34 yards in 2004… Third career rush of 10+ yards
• Landed one punt inside the 20 with five punts for a 45.8 average vs. Bal. (10/21)… Had a long of 53-yards… Became the third player in team history to register 500 punts
• At NYJ (10/28), posted a 34.3 average and had three punts resulting in Jets drives starting inside the 20
• Posted two punts for 66 yards vs. Cin. (11/4)
• Kicked six punts for 278 yards at Mia. (11/11)… Placed two inside the 20
• Landed one punt inside the 20 and four total for a 36.5 average vs. NE (11/18)
• Posted a 37.8 average on four punts covering 151 yards at Jac. (11/25)
• Had two punts land inside the 20 at Was. (12/2)… Finished with a 35.0 average on four punts for 140 yards
• Vs. Mia. (12/9), punted 223 yards on six attempts for a 37.2 average… Three punts forced a Dolphins drive to start inside the 20, extending his club record to 18 games with at least one kick inside the 20
• Had a career-high two rushes at Cle. (12/16) for four yards… One rush resulted in a first down, his second chain moving run of the season… Three punts forced the Browns to start inside the 20… 26 inside the 20 punts now tied for 3rd on the club single-season chart
• Vs. NYG (12/23), posted seven punts covering 267 yards for a 38.1 average and two landing inside the 20… Had one rush attempt on an aborted play
• At Phi. (12/30), posted a 42.4 average on five punts going 212 yards including two inside the 20
• Earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl … Named AP All-Pro for the second consecutive season
• 43.6 average was fifth best in club history … he now owns five of the top eight single-season averages
• Had 92 punts, a new personal high and most by a Bill since Chris Mohr’s 95 in 2000
• Ranked second in the NFL with a 39.2 net average … average tied for the fifth-best since the stat was first kept in 1976.
• Had a 50+ yard kick in 15 of 16 games
• Tied club record and finished second in the NFL with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line …
• Named special teams player of the week in weeks nine and 14 and player of the month in November
• At Mia. (9/17), tied club record with a career-high five punts inside the Dolphins 20; his former high was four (11/16/03 vs. Hou. and 11/23/03 vs. Ind.) … had six punts total for an avg. of 41.3 yards
• vs. Min. (10/1), average of 37.7 yards per punt was lowest since 36.6 at NYJ 10/10/04 … put two punts inside the 20 yd line … first punt of game was 65 yards
• at Chi. (10/8), averaged 57.83 yards per kick, the highest in a single game by a Bill … had one punt inside the 20 … all 6 punts covered 50+ yards, including a season-long 66-yarder
• vs. GB (11/5), had a season-high eight punts for 379 yards (47.4) average … four punts inside Packers 20 yard line … had a long kick of 65 yards
• at Ind. (11/12), averaged 49.2 yards on four kicks … three punts forced Colts inside their own 20-yard line …long kick was 61 yards … also had a 2-yard rush for a first down on a fake punt … raised career punting average to 43.6 yards per kick, a club record
• vs. Mia. (12/17), averaged 38.7 yards on seven kicks … …four punts inside the Dolphins’ 20 yard line … had a long kick of 51 yards … has a 50+ yard kick in all 14 games this season, a new club record … now has a 50 plus yard kick in 76 of 94 career games … he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort
• vs. Ten. (12/24), averaged 40 yards on two punts … both punts landed inside the Titans 20 yard line … had a long kick of 47 yards, snapping the club record streak of 14 games with a 50+ yard kick.
• Moorman enjoyed his best season as an NFL punter in 2005 … posted a career-high 45.7 gross average and 39.1 net average with 22 punts inside the 20-yard line … 45.7 gross average led the AFC and set a Bills single season record… ranked second in the AFC with a 39.1 net average … played in his second Pro Bowl in 2006 … averaged 48.5 yards on four punts, placing two inside the 20-yard line … participated in the Pro Bowl skills challenge 40-yard and obstacle course competitions
• Earned his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Month award in November 2005 after averaging 48.3 yards on 13 punts with a long of 60 yards and six punts inside the 20-yard line.
• Posted five punts for 267 yards at NO (10/2); his 53.4 average at the time was the 2nd highest in his career; two punts forced Saints to start drive inside 20
• Longest punt of the game covered 53 yards vs. KC (11/13); three punts forced Chiefs to start drive inside 20, despite 26 MPH winds
• Recorded longest punt of the season (68 yards) vs. NE (12/11); Registered six punts for 262 yards, two inside 20
• Turned in one of his most productive years despite being plagued by inclement weather and high winds in many games…finished the year with a 43.2 gross average … registered a punt of 60-plus yards in 8-of-16 games
• Eclipsed 10,000 career punting yards with 223 yards on five punts vs. Jax. (9/12)…registered an 80-yard boot in the first quarter to the Jacksonville seven-yard line, the second-longest punt of his career (84 at GB, 12/22/02) and tied for second longest in Bills history
• Playing in his 50th career game, Moorman punted five times for 199 yards for a 39.8 average, with a long of 63 yards at Oak. (9/19); also completed a 24-yd pass on 4th down to CB Kevin Thomas, the first completion by a Bills non-QB since Chris Mohr’s 44-yd. pass to Daryl Porter (11/19/00 at KC)
• recorded five punts for the third straight game vs. NE (10/3) for an average of 51.2 yards with two touchbacks and two inside the 20; scrambled for 34 yards after recovering a high snap in the second quarter for a 1st down vs. NE…the 34-yard rush was the third longest by a Bills punter all-time
• Fighting through 25 mph winds, Moorman averaged 53.0 yards per punt vs. Mia. (10/17), over 15 yards per punt longer than Miami punter Matt Turk’s average; two of his three punts sailed into the end zone, including a 59-yarder; for his performance vs. Mia., Moorman was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career
• at SF (12/26), Moorman’s only punt, traveling 36 yards, landed inside the 20-yard line…also had a pass attempt on a fake punt, marking his third attempt of the season, the most by a Bills non-QB since O.J. Simpson had eight attempts in 1972
• Was one of the Bills most consistent players, improving on his success form 2002 by posting a 44.6-yard average on his 85 punts, second in the AFC/tied for third in the NFL...surpassed Paul McGuire to become the Bills all-time leader in punting average…his 44.56 average also earned him a spot atop in the Bills all-time list for highest punting average in a season
• Was awarded the game ball vs. NE (9/7) when he averaged 56.5 yards on four punts, including his season-long 71-yarder, the second longest punt in the NFL in 2003
• Earned another game ball vs. Was. (10/19) after averaging 48.5 yards on six punts with three over 50 yards
• Punted a career-high nine times at Dal. (11/9) for an average of 40.4 yards
• Had four of his six punts fall inside the 20 vs. Ind. (11/23)…also registered the game’s longest run from scrimmage when he jaunted for 21 yards
• Had an outstanding year in his second NFL season and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate…finished second in the AFC/ third in the NFL with a 43.1-yard average on 66 punts…also had the NFL’s longest punt of 2002 with a club-record 84-yarder in game 15 at Green Bay... 18 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line…was particularly strong late in the season when the elements made his job more challenging…in game 15 on a cold and windy late December day at GB (12/22), he averaged 47.2 yards on his 6 punts and 3 were downed inside the 20; his best boot came in the 4th quarter; with the Bills backed up at their own 14 he launched a franchise-record 84-yarder that was downed at the Green Bay 2; it was 4 yards longer than the previous team record (Chris Mohr, 80) and 10 yards longer than the previous top kick in the NFL that season (Washington’s Craig Jarrett, 74)
• Became the first Bills punter to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month when he earned the award in October
• Against the dangerous Raiders return game in week 5 vs. Oak. (10/6), punted 5 times for 243 yards and was key in keeping Oakland from recording any return yards
• In his first season of NFL action, handled all punting duties and also was responsible for kickoffs in the first 10 games for the Bills…finished with 80 punts for the season with a 40.8 average and net of 33.8…landed 16 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and did not have a punt blocked
• Made his NFL debut vs. NO (9/9) with a 51-yard punt in the first quarter and recorded four punts for 177 yards (44.3 avg.) in that game; also threw an incomplete pass on a fake punt late in the second quarter becoming the first non-quarterback to throw a pass since Chris Mohr, 11/19/00 at K.C
• Had four punts of 50+ yards, the first Bill with four in one game, vs. Pit. (9/30)
COLLEGE: Played at Pittsburg State…finished as the leading punter in school history as well as the top punter ever in the MIAA conference…had 157 career punts with a 44.0-yard average…recorded a 45.6 yard average in his senior season with a long of 63 yards…placed the ball inside the 20 yard line 11 times…also competed on PSU’s indoor and outdoor track team, specializing in the 400-meter hurdles (three-time national champion) and the high hurdles… was the NCAA’s Division II Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1999… was also a Division II All-America selection in football…. Graduated with a degree in history education.
PERSONAL: Participated in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in June 2008 … Full name – Brian Donald Moorman… lettered in football, basketball and track at Sedgwick (KS) High School… was a three-time National champion in the 400-meter hurdles and an All-American in the 110-meter hurdles … was inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006 … worked as a substitute secondary education teacher earlier in his career …is among the team’s most active participants in Bills community relations programs; has been a tremendous supporter of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and is involved with a number of other charities…grew up as a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs & Chicago Bears... Married, wife’s name is Amber…. Foundation website: www.brianmoorman.org
COMMUNITY: Brian Moorman is one of the most admired and respected players in the NFL for his dedication to the community. He makes himself available to support the many organizations and agencies involved with the team but on his own he goes above and beyond to help children – especially children facing cancer.
In 2003, he established the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation to support pediatric cancer research, treatment and social programs. A majority of his work is affiliated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Carly’s Club, the hospital’s family-centered support group for its patients.
He has consistently been a spokesperson and supporter for many events at Roswell Park Cancer Institute including Keith’s Classic and Carly’s Club golf tournament, All Star Night, Lighting of the Tree of Hope and their annual holiday parties and events for the families.
In addition to lending his name and talents for the cause, he is very hands-on with his approach. Brian and his wife Amber visit Roswell Park Cancer Institute every Tuesday to spend time with the children and their families. In 2004, Carly’s Club and Roswell honored Brian with their Annual Hero Award.
In 2005, he was selected from across the league to receive the Annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian of the Year award from Pro Football Weekly. He has also been named to the Sporting News “Good Guys” in sports and was the Bills NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year selection in 2003 and 2008 as voted on by selected members of the Western New York Community. The award, which began in 1970, honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities.
In 2006, Brian partnered with several local companies to purchase a luxury suite that is used by Carly’s Club children and their families at each home game. Every week Brian personally autographs t-shirts to be handed out to the children in the suite and after each punt you can see him give a wave up to his guests in the suite to let them know he is thinking of them.
On June 9, 2007 Brian hosted the first Family Festival Fundraiser for the PUNT Foundation. This family-based event was designed to raise awareness and funds to support many of the programs funded through the PUNT Foundation. He hopes this will become an annual event.
In December, 2007 The Punt Foundation launched Brian’s Locker at Roswell Park Institute. The program is designed to provide children entering the hospital for treatment with a care package to make their time at the hospital more comfortable.
Brian is also a supporter for other Bills community programs. He has visited the City Mission to help serve Thanksgiving lunch at the men’s homeless shelter. Brian also has participated in the Bills holiday programs including Shop with the Bills at Dick’s and the Annual Bills Holiday Party.