Steve Weatherford

by John Max 24 Dec,2017
Steve Weatherford

Steven Thomas Weatherford is a retired American football punter, who is renowned as Steve Weatherford. He has been a member of the New York Giants, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints.

Notably, Weatherford won “Super Bowl XLVI” as a member of the New York Giants.

Early Life

Steve Weatherford was born on 17th December 1982, in Crown Point, Indiana, the U.S. His birth sign is Sagittarius. Regarding his nationality, he is an American and is of white ethnicity.

He enrolled at Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he played basketball, track, soccer, and football, earning a total of 13 varsity letters.

He played football as a safety, kicker, and punter. Moreover, as a kicker Weatherford, was named to the All-Conference team as well as earned All-State honors twice consecutively. While playing as a safety, he managed 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Besides, he was also a field and track athlete. He was a 3-times All-State and All-conference selection for the 300 m hurdles.

College Career

In 2001, Weatherford attended University of Illinois; however, he redshirted in his freshman year. In 2002, he was named the starter, averaging 39.7 yards on 23 punts.

The following year, he was selected for the “All-Big Ten Conference." He has averaged 44.5 yards on 43 punts, breaking the school record, which was previously held by Dike Eddleman. The same year, Weatherford won the “2003 school’s Special Teams player of the year."

In 2004, he won “First-team All-Big Ten honors” from the Coaches as well as “Second-team honor” from the media. He was also named “The Most Underrated Player in the Big Ten” by Sports Illustrated. Furthermore, Weatherford scored average 45.4 yards per 57 punts, breaking his own record of the previous season.

In 2005, as a senior, he ended his collegiate career by an average of 42.8 yards per punts on 64 attempts. Similarly, in Track and Field, he earned the 3rd position in the heptathlon at the 2005 Big Ten Indoor T&F Championship, setting a school record with 5,365 points.

Professional Career

New Orleans Saints

On 20th April 2006, Weatherford signed as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans Saints. In his first season with New Orleans, he made his appearances in all 16 games, averaging 43.8 yards on 77 punts.

Kansas City Chiefs

On 22nd October 2008, Weatherford claimed off waivers to the Kansas City Chiefs

Jacksonville Jaguars

On 25th November 2008, Weatherford sighed to Jacksonville Jaguars, replacing Adam Podlesh. He competed with Podlesh for a spot on the Jaguar's roster for 2009 but was cut by the team on 5th September 2009.

New York Jets

On 7th September 2009, Weatherford joined New York Jets, where he became the team’s punter of the 2009 season. However, he didn’t make an appearance for Jets that season because of his irregular heartbeat problem. In March 2010, he underwent cardiac radiofrequency ablation at Morristown Memorial Hospital located in Morristown, New Jersey.

During the 2010 seasons, he tied the record for most punts inside the 20-yard line with 42.

New York Giants

On 29th July 2011, Weatherford signed with the New York Giants. During 2011 season, he averaged 45.7 per punt with a net punt average of 39.2. He earned his first “Super Bowl” title following the Giants win over the New England Patriots in a 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.

Further, he averaged 40.8 yards per punt and led the Giants to a safety after an intentional grounding penalty by Tom Brady.

On 16th March 2012, he signed extension 5-years deal with the Giants for a fee $12.75 million.

Re-signed Jets

On 24th October 2015, Weatherford returned to Jets. In his second stint, he played just one game and was paid $51,176.

Others

Broadcasting Career

Weatherford graduated from the 7th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in Mt. Laurel, NJ, in June 2013. Upon his graduation, he held positions as substitute sports broadcaster on SI Now, NFL AM, ESPN SportsNation, Good Day New York, and many others.

In addition to his broadcasting career, he has made his appearances on national and local TV news, talk shows, daily newspaper, national sports national magazines, on topics including sports, philanthropy, family, fashion, health, and fitness.

Philanthropy

Weatherford is nationally known for his wide philanthropic vocation. He has established number of charities in the town of Terre Haute, Indiana, including Kicks for Kids and Rush the Punter.

In 2013, he was named Health and Fitness Ambassador of the Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, working as a paradigm, counselor, and nutrition and fitness coach to more than 80,000 kids throughout New Jersey. In the same year, he was awarded coveted Wellington Mara Award.

Weatherford also worked as a spokesperson for “The Steve Weatherford Charity for Ghana," “Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” and “Second Chance Toys."

Fitness

Weatherford designed an arm specific program and started the 90 days ARMageddon workout in January 2016.

Personal Life

35 of age, Steve Weatherford is a married man. He tied the wedding knot with his longtime girlfriend Laura Weatherford. The couple started dating when Steve was 19 years old. 

The duo is blessed with 4 children: Josie, Aurora, Carney, and Ace. So far there is no news and rumors about their extra-marital affairs, conflict, and divorce.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Steve Weatherford has earned huge name, fame and wealth through his professional football career. Besides, he too added a huge amount to his net worth through his broadcasting career. As of 2017, Steve Weatherford has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

Weatherford and his wife are sued for around $60,000 in bank rent and for alleged damage to a home they lived. Back in July 2015, the Weatherford signed an 11-month lease for 6 bedrooms, 4 ½ bath Colonial-style home with  3 cars garage on Windsor Road in Tenafly, the suit alleges.

 

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