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List of Famous Football Punters

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List of the most famous (American) football punters in the history of the sport, listed by popularity with photos of the players when available. There have been many legendary punters in the NFL and NCAA, and you'll find all of them on this list below. Some of these men are considered to be the best punters to ever play the game, and if you're looking for a specific football player you can look for them by using the "search" function on this list. These amazing punters may currently be active while others have been retired for quite sometime. This list of the top punters in American football includes all the greats from both the NFL and college football.

Sammy Baugh and Norm Van Brocklin are only the beginning of the items on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the greatest punter of all time?" and "Who are the best punters of all time?"
  • Sammy Baugh1

    Sammy Baugh

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceTemple, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDied at 94 (1914-2008)

    TeamsTCU Horned Frogs football, Washington Redskins, Columbus Red Birds

    Samuel Adrian Baugh (March 17, 1914 – December 17, 2008) was an American football player and...  more

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  • Norm Van Brocklin2

    Norm Van Brocklin

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceParade, South Dakota

    AgeDied at 57 (1926-1983)

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

    Norman Mack Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983), nicknamed "The Dutchman" was an...  more

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  • Earl Morrall3

    Earl Morrall

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMuskegon, Michigan

    AgeDied at 80 (1934-2014)

    Earl Edwin Morrall (May 17, 1934 – April 25, 2014) was an American football player who was a...  more

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    #26 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#6 of 11 The Best Backup Quarterbacks to Reach a Super Bowl

  • Danny White4

    Danny White

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMesa, Arizona


    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Wilford Daniel White (born February 9, 1952) is a former quarterback and punter for the Dallas...  more

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  • Jim Thorpe5

    Jim Thorpe

    Running back, Punter

    BirthplaceOklahoma, United States of America

    AgeDied at 65 (1888-1953)

    TeamsCleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Canton Bulldogs, Arizona Cardinals, Rock Island Independents

    James Francis Thorpe (May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic...  more

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  • Tom Landry6

    Tom Landry

    Cornerback, Kickoff returner

    BirthplaceMission, Texas

    AgeDied at 76 (1924-2000)

    TeamsNew York Yankees, Texas Longhorns football, New York Giants

    Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player...  more

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  • Ray Guy7

    Ray Guy


    BirthplaceSwainsboro, Georgia


    TeamsOakland Raiders

    William Ray Guy (born December 22, 1949) is an American former football punter for the...  more


    #1 of 54 The Greatest NFL Punters of All Time#13 of 173 The Best Oakland Raiders Of All Time

  • Shane Lechler8

    Shane Lechler


    BirthplaceEast Bernard, Texas


    TeamsOakland Raiders, Houston Texans

    Edward Shane Lechler (; born August 7, 1976) is a former American football punter who played...  more
  • Doak Walker9

    Doak Walker

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    AgeDied at 71 (1927-1998)

    TeamsSouthern Methodist University Mustang football, Southern Methodist University Mustangs football, Detroit Lions

    Ewell Doak Walker II (January 1, 1927 – September 27, 1998) was an American football player. ...  more


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  • Sean Landeta10

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland


    Sean Edward Landeta (born January 6, 1962) is a former American football punter who played in...  more
  • Chris Kluwe11

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania


    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    Christopher James Kluwe (; born December 24, 1981) is a former American football punter and...  more

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  • Yale Lary12

    Yale Lary

    Safety, Punter

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas


    Robert Yale Lary Sr. (November 24, 1930 – May 11, 2017) was an American football player,...  more
  • Kordell Stewart13

    Kordell Stewart

    Running back, Punter

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America


    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Colorado Buffaloes football

    Kordell Stewart (born October 16, 1972), nicknamed "Slash", is a former American football...  more


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  • Charley Trippi14

    Charley Trippi

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplacePittston, Pennsylvania


    Charles Louis Trippi (born December 14, 1921) is a former American football player. He played...  more

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  • Russell Erxleben15

    Russell Erxleben

    Punter, Placekicker

    BirthplaceSeguin, Texas


    Russell Erxleben (born January 13, 1957) is a former American football player and currency...  more
  • Reggie Roby16

    Reggie Roby


    BirthplaceWaterloo, Iowa

    AgeDied at 44 (1961-2005)

    Reginald Henry "Reggie" Roby (July 30, 1961 – February 22, 2005) was an American college and...  more
  • Mat McBriar17

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys

    Mat McBriar (born 8 July 1979) is an Australian former American football punter in the...  more
  • George Gipp18

    George Gipp

    Running back, Halfback

    BirthplaceLaurium, Michigan

    AgeDec. at 25 (1895-1920)

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football

    George Gipp (February 18, 1895 – December 14, 1920), nicknamed "The Gipper", was a college...  more
  • Bob Waterfield19

    Bob Waterfield

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceElmira, New York

    AgeDied at 63 (1920-1983)

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams

    Robert Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player and...  more

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  • Jim Bakken20

    Jim Bakken

    Punter, Placekicker

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin


    James LeRoy Bakken (born November 2, 1940) is a former American football punter and...  more
  • Jeff Feagles21

    BirthplaceAnaheim, California


    TeamsNew York Giants

    Jeffrey Haunt Feagles (born March 7, 1966) is a former American football punter who played in...  more
  • Gary Collins22

    Gary Collins

    Punter, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Pennsylvania, United States of America


    Gary James Collins (born August 20, 1940) is a former American football wide receiver and...  more

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  • Tom Tupa23

    Tom Tupa

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio


    Thomas Joseph Tupa Jr. (born February 6, 1966) is a former American football punter and...  more
  • Brad Maynard24

    BirthplaceTipton, Indiana


    TeamsChicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

    Bradley Alan Maynard (born February 9, 1974) is a former American football punter. He was...  more
  • Jerrel Wilson25

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    AgeDec. at 64 (1941-2005)

    Jerrel Douglas Wilson (October 4, 1941 – April 9, 2005) was an American football a punter who...  more