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Brad Maynard biography

Date of birth : 1974-02-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Tipton, Indiana
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-01-07
Credited as : Football player NFL, punter for the Chicago Bears, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Brad Maynard is an American football punter and holder for the National Football League's Chicago Bears.

NFL Career:

League leader in punts inside-the-20 since entering the NFL in 1997 (383) and since joining the Bears in 2001 (260)... Also the league leader in punts (795), ranks second in punt yards (33,455) while posting a 37.1 net average since joining Chicago... Ranks tied for third in franchise history in gross average (42.1 avg, min. 100 punts), and is third in yards (33,455) and punts (795)... His 49,413 career punt yards (1,175 punts) leads all NFL active kickers and ranks sixth all-time in NFL history... Bears punt coverage unit ranks second in the league since 2001, allowing just 7.4 yards per return... Played 161 consecutive games before an injury sidelined him in Week 2 of the 2007 season... Was named a second-alternate to the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season... Holds team single-season records for net punt average (38.7 in 2004), punts-inside-the-20 (40 in 2008) and punting yards (4,638 in 2004)... Has successfully executed 4 special teams fakes during his Bears career, including 2 TD passes... Chicago's holder for all FG and PAT attempts, having done so throughout his career... Set Giants record and an NFL rookie record with 111 punts in 1997.

HONORS AND AWARDS: 2007 - NFL Special Teams Player of the Week (12/23).
2001 - NFC Special Team Player of the Month (11/01).

2009 SEASON: Despite being limited due to injury, still played in all 16 games and tied for 6th in the NFC in punts-inside-the-20 (26)... Finished with 77 punts for 3,191 yards (41.4 avg)... Posted a net average of 37.4 and had a season-long 66 yard punt... Only 2 of his 77 punts were touchbacks, which tied for the least amount of touchbacks among all regular punters in the NFL.

2008 - Led the NFL in punts inside-the-20 with a career-high 40, which ranks as the second-highest mark in NFL history (since 1976 when inside-the-20 became an official stat)... Punted 96 times for 3,957 yards (41.2 avg)... Finished with a net average of 38.1, the second-highest mark of his career.

2007 - Participated in 15 games, booting 88 punts for a 41.8-yard gross average and a 37.4-yard net average... Eclipsed 40,000 career punt yards and landed 27 punts inside-the-20... Inactive with a groin injury for Game 2.

2006 - Ranked 12th in NFL with a 44.2-yard gross punt average and 11th with a 37.6-yard net average on a career-low 77 punts, landing 24 inside-the-20... Appeared in all 16 regular season games for 10th consecutive season while compiling 3,404 punt yards with 7 touchbacks... NFC Championship Game vs. NO (1/21) included 66-yard punt, tied for 2nd-longest in his career.

2005 - Ranked 3rd in NFC with 3,937 punt yards on 96 punts, landing 24 punts in-the-20 in 16 games played... Surpassed 35,000 career punt yards at GB (12/25).

2004 - Led NFL with 34 punts in-the-20 while ranking 2nd with career-best 38.7-yard net avg. and 6th in NFC with 42.9-yard gross avg... Set Bears franchise record and career-high with 4,638 punt yards on 108 punts, the second-most punts of his career and in Bears history... Named a Pro Bowl first-alternate while becoming eleventh active punter to pass the 30,000 plateau for career punt yardage.

2003 - Ranked 7th in NFC with 41.2-yard gross average on 79 punts in 16 games played for Chicago... Tied for 15th in NFL with 23 punts in-the-20... Topped 25,000 career gross yards at DET (11/9).

2002 - Ranked 4th in NFC with Bears record net average of 37.4 yards and tied for 5th in NFC with 26 punts in-the-20... His 2 TBs were the fewest in the NFL while playing all 16 games... Converted first-down at STL (11/18) with 20-yard run on fake punt... Completed 12-yard TD shovel-pass to Dustin Lyman on FG fake at GB (12/1).

2001 - Set team record with career-high 36 punts in-the-20, 2nd-most in NFL as 41.4-percent of his punts were downed in-the-20 (36-of-87)... Also ranked 2nd in NFC (6th in NFL) with a 37.0-yard net avg. while punting in all 16 games, plus the playoff contest... Set Bears single-game record at GB (12/9) with career-high 6 punts in-the-20... Completed go-ahead 27-yard TD pass to Brian Urlacher out of fake FG formation in 4th quarter at WAS (12/23).

2000 - Limited to 79 punts with New York, but ranked 3rd in NFC (8th in NFL) with 26 punts in-the-20 while averaging 40.6 yards with a net of 33.7 yards... Punted Super Bowl record 11 times with a 38.4-yard gross avg. in SB XXXV vs. BAL (1/28/01).

1999 - Played all 16 games for Giants, averaging 41.0 gross yards on 89 punts while leading NFC with 31 punts in-the-20.

1998 - Played all 16 games for New York, finishing 2nd in NFC (5th in NFL) with a 45.2-yard gross avg... Ranked 2nd in the NFL with 101 punts and tied for 2nd with 33 in-the-20... Set Giants record with 4,566 punting yards, breaking his own mark set as a rookie.

1997 - Grossed 40.8 yards per punt on an NFL rookie-record 111 punts... Led the League with 33 punts in-the-20... Had first career punt blocked (high school, college or pros) at ARZ (10/12).


Finished career at Ball State (1993-96) ranked 3rd in NCAA history, among punters with at least 200 punts, with a 44.2-yard career gross avg... Established school records with 242 punts and 10,702 punt yards... Consensus All-American selection and all-Mid American first-team pick as MAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and MVP following his senior campaign... Majored in business.


Two-time all-Rangeline Conference and all-Hamilton County punter at Sheridan H.S. in Atlanta, IN... Added Associated Press all-state, Indianapolis Star all-suburban and Indianapolis News all-metro honors... Recorded 2 INTs and 7 PBUs as a senior defensive back... Selected to the Indiana North-South All-Star team... Born in Tipton, IN... He and wife, Karen, have 2 sons, Conner and Cole and a daughter, Ava.

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