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Brett Kern
P #6
Height:
6-2
Weight:
214
Age:
30
College:
Toledo
Experience:
9

Quick Stats (2016):

PUNTS
54
AVG
45
LNG
71
IN 20
21

Biography

PRO: Brett Kern is a strong-legged punter that has shown a keen ability to down his kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.  He was rewarded during the 2015 offseason with a new multi-year contract with the Titans. The ninth-year pro enters 2016 as the franchise’s all-time leader in gross punting average and net punting average and ranks second in career punts, trailing only Craig Hentrich (861).  He is coming off arguably his two best seasons with the Titans.  In 2015, the 6-foot-2-inch, 214-pounder  totaled a 47.4-yard gross average (second in franchise history), a 40.3 net average (third in franchise history), a career-high 34 punts inside the 20 (third in franchise history) and only one touchback (career low).  In 2014, he broke his own franchise record for single-season net punting, averaging 40.8 net yards per attempt.  He initially set the record in 2012 (40.4), the same year he set the club’s single-season gross punting mark (47.6).  Kern joined the Titans franchise during the 2009 season when he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•     In 2015, Kern continued his assault on the team’s all-time punting records.  He launched a career-high tying 88 punts becoming the second-leading punter in franchise history, placed a career-high 34 punts inside the 20 (third in franchise history) and only one touchback (career low).  He also accomplished a first-of-its-kind feat, becoming the first punter in NFL history to record 80 or more punts, a net average of 40 yards, and one or zero touchbacks in a single season. He owns the top five net punting seasons in franchise history and six of the team’s top eight net punting seasons.
•     In 2014, Kern booted 88 total punts for a gross average of 46.8 yards and a net average of 40.8 yards, which broke his own single-season team record (40.4-yard net average in 2012).
•     In 2013, Kern punted 78 times for 3,386 yards (43.4 avg.).  He placed a career-best 32 punts inside the 20-yard line with a career-low two kicks as touchbacks.
•     Kern arguably had his most productive season in 2012 when he ranked fifth in the AFC with a franchise record and career-best 47.6 gross punt average.  He also finished ninth in the AFC with a then-franchise record and career-high 40.4 net punting average.  
•     In 2009, Kern’s combined average of 45.5 yards per punt with the Titans and Broncos ranked eighth in the NFL.  He also downed a combined 27 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•     In 2008, Kern ranked fifth in the league with a 46.7-yard punting average and was named to the All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA and the Sporting News.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•     Kern’s father, Cal, is a former professional soccer goalie.  
•     Kern is an avid golfer that sports a +1 handicap.  He picked the game up late in his high school years and caddied for three summers at Inverness Golf Club while in college.  The course is located in Toledo, Ohio, and has hosted PGA and NCAA Championships.  In 2011, Kern competed in The Vinny, a local golf fundraising tournament hosted by singers Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and finished fourth in the event.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
•     The Grand Island, N.Y., native was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2008.
•     Claimed by the Titans off waivers from the Broncos on Oct. 27, 2009.   

COLLEGE:
•    Played 47 career games at the University of Toledo, punting 189 times for 7,994 yards (42.3 avg.) with 59 punts placed inside the 20-yard line.
•    Ranked second in the nation in gross punting average (46.1 yds., 52 punts for 2,399 yards) and was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation’s best punter) as a senior.
•    Earned third team All-America honors as a senior as the only player from the Mid-American Conference to receive Associated Press All-America honors.
•    Named Mid-American Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.
•    Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Toledo and posted a 3.38 grade point average while earning CoSIDA second-team academic all-district recognition as a senior.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tiffany Kern and the couple has a son, Bryce Jeremiah and two daughters, Anelle Naomi and Quinn Eliana.
•    Was a two-time first-team all-state selection at Grand Island High School in Grand Island, N.Y., and averaged 39 yards per punt as a senior and 42.5 yards per punt as a junior.
•    Also played basketball and was a long jumper and high hurdler on the track team in high school.
•    Follow Kern on Twitter and on Instagram: @brettkern6.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Shooter”; (TV show) “Gold Rush”; (music artist) LeCrae, Thousand Foot Krutch, KB, tobyMac; (school subject) geography; (car) 1969 Dodge Charger; (video game) “FIFA,” “Tiger Woods PGA Golf”; (food) spaghetti; and (book) the Bible.
•    Born Brett Alan Kern on Feb. 17, 1986, in Grand Island, N.Y.
PRO: Brett Kern is a strong-legged punter that has shown a keen ability to down his kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.  He was rewarded during the 2015 offseason with a new multi-year contract with the Titans. The ninth-year pro enters 2016 as the franchise’s all-time leader in gross punting average and net punting average and ranks second in career punts, trailing only Craig Hentrich (861).  He is coming off arguably his two best seasons with the Titans.  In 2015, the 6-foot-2-inch, 214-pounder  totaled a 47.4-yard gross average (second in franchise history), a 40.3 net average (third in franchise history), a career-high 34 punts inside the 20 (third in franchise history) and only one touchback (career low).  In 2014, he broke his own franchise record for single-season net punting, averaging 40.8 net yards per attempt.  He initially set the record in 2012 (40.4), the same year he set the club’s single-season gross punting mark (47.6).  Kern joined the Titans franchise during the 2009 season when he was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•     In 2015, Kern continued his assault on the team’s all-time punting records.  He launched a career-high tying 88 punts becoming the second-leading punter in franchise history, placed a career-high 34 punts inside the 20 (third in franchise history) and only one touchback (career low).  He also accomplished a first-of-its-kind feat, becoming the first punter in NFL history to record 80 or more punts, a net average of 40 yards, and one or zero touchbacks in a single season. He owns the top five net punting seasons in franchise history and six of the team’s top eight net punting seasons.
•     In 2014, Kern booted 88 total punts for a gross average of 46.8 yards and a net average of 40.8 yards, which broke his own single-season team record (40.4-yard net average in 2012).
•     In 2013, Kern punted 78 times for 3,386 yards (43.4 avg.).  He placed a career-best 32 punts inside the 20-yard line with a career-low two kicks as touchbacks.
•     Kern arguably had his most productive season in 2012 when he ranked fifth in the AFC with a franchise record and career-best 47.6 gross punt average.  He also finished ninth in the AFC with a then-franchise record and career-high 40.4 net punting average.  
•     In 2009, Kern’s combined average of 45.5 yards per punt with the Titans and Broncos ranked eighth in the NFL.  He also downed a combined 27 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.
•     In 2008, Kern ranked fifth in the league with a 46.7-yard punting average and was named to the All-Rookie team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA and the Sporting News.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•     Kern’s father, Cal, is a former professional soccer goalie.  
•     Kern is an avid golfer that sports a +1 handicap.  He picked the game up late in his high school years and caddied for three summers at Inverness Golf Club while in college.  The course is located in Toledo, Ohio, and has hosted PGA and NCAA Championships.  In 2011, Kern competed in The Vinny, a local golf fundraising tournament hosted by singers Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and finished fourth in the event.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
•     The Grand Island, N.Y., native was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent on April 28, 2008.
•     Claimed by the Titans off waivers from the Broncos on Oct. 27, 2009.   

COLLEGE:
•    Played 47 career games at the University of Toledo, punting 189 times for 7,994 yards (42.3 avg.) with 59 punts placed inside the 20-yard line.
•    Ranked second in the nation in gross punting average (46.1 yds., 52 punts for 2,399 yards) and was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation’s best punter) as a senior.
•    Earned third team All-America honors as a senior as the only player from the Mid-American Conference to receive Associated Press All-America honors.
•    Named Mid-American Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior.
•    Earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Toledo and posted a 3.38 grade point average while earning CoSIDA second-team academic all-district recognition as a senior.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Tiffany Kern and the couple has a son, Bryce Jeremiah and two daughters, Anelle Naomi and Quinn Eliana.
•    Was a two-time first-team all-state selection at Grand Island High School in Grand Island, N.Y., and averaged 39 yards per punt as a senior and 42.5 yards per punt as a junior.
•    Also played basketball and was a long jumper and high hurdler on the track team in high school.
•    Follow Kern on Twitter and on Instagram: @brettkern6.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Shooter”; (TV show) “Gold Rush”; (music artist) LeCrae, Thousand Foot Krutch, KB, tobyMac; (school subject) geography; (car) 1969 Dodge Charger; (video game) “FIFA,” “Tiger Woods PGA Golf”; (food) spaghetti; and (book) the Bible.
•    Born Brett Alan Kern on Feb. 17, 1986, in Grand Island, N.Y.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPunter
GGSPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 662 30,071 26,320 79 45.4 39.8 4 67 73 240 43 162 317 2,891 5
2016 TEN 12 0 54 2,428 2,061 71 45 38.2 0 2 5 21 3 17 27 307 2
2015 TEN 16 0 88 4,175 3,550 61 47.4 40.3 0 11 6 34 1 23 47 605 1
2014 TEN 16 0 88 4,118 3,628 79 46.8 40.8 1 7 6 28 7 25 43 350 0
2013 TEN 16 0 78 3,386 3,136 63 43.4 39.7 1 7 9 32 2 25 35 210 0
2012 TEN 16 0 81 3,855 3,350 71 47.6 40.4 2 13 9 30 5 15 39 405 0
2011 TEN 16 0 86 3,747 3,386 64 43.6 39.4 0 10 10 31 7 23 36 221 0
2010 TEN 16 0 77 3,302 3,008 68 42.9 39.1 0 8 14 24 4 16 35 214 0
2009 TEN 10 0 37 1,665 1,530 67 45 41.4 0 3 8 18 4 8 14 55 0
2009 DEN 6 0 27 1,245 931 64 46.1 34.5 0 2 2 9 6 4 13 194 1
2008 DEN 16 0 46 2,150 1,740 64 46.7 37.8 0 4 4 13 4 6 28 330 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultPunter
PuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
1 MIN L 16-25 5 231 192 64 46.2 38.4 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 19 0
2 @DET W 16-15 3 142 119 54 47.3 39.7 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 23 0
3 OAK L 10-17 6 311 273 62 51.8 45.5 0 1 0 3 0 2 3 38 0
4 @HOU L 20-27 5 257 153 71 51.4 30.6 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 84 1
5 @MIA W 30-17 5 175 89 51 35 17.8 0 0 1 3 0 2 2 86 1
6 CLE W 28-26 5 225 219 52 45 43.8 0 0 1 3 0 2 2 6 0
7 IND L 26-34 4 188 170 62 47 42.5 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 18 0
8 JAX W 36-22 4 155 155 44 38.8 38.8 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0
9 @SD L 35-43 4 182 179 55 45.5 44.8 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 3 0
10 GB W 47-25 4 166 152 46 41.5 38 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 0
11 @IND L 17-24 5 219 187 57 43.8 37.4 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 12 0
12 @CHI W 27-21 4 177 173 47 44.3 43.3 0 0 0 2 0 3 1 4 0

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