Craig Hentrich

Craig Hentrich (/ˈhɛntrɪk/; born May 18, 1971) is a former American football punter in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons. He played college football for Notre Dame. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. With the Packers, he won Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots.

Craig Hentrich
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Craig Hentrich (15) holding a kick in November 2008.
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Personal information
Born:May 18, 1971 (age 47)
Alton, Illinois
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Alton (IL) Marquette
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punt yards:49,281
Average punt:42.9
Games played:241
Player stats at

Early years

Hentrich graduated from Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, Illinois.

College career

Hentrich lettered four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as both the placekicker and punter. He finished his career with a school-record 44.1-yard punting average and had 39 career field goals (on 56 attempts) to rank second behind John Carney’s 51. Also, he finished his career ranked second on the school's all-time scoring list with 294 points, the most ever by a Fighting Irish kicker, and made a record 98.3 percent (177/180) of his PAT attempts.

Professional career

Hentrich was drafted in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, but was then signed to the Green Bay Packers. Hentrich spent four seasons with the Packers, playing in every Green Bay game from 1994 through 1997. He also handled kickoffs regularly for the Packers during the 1996 season, helping the Packers to a world championship in Super Bowl XXXI. Hentrich signed with the Tennessee Oilers following the 1997 season. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Hentrich featured, however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams, denying him a second Super Bowl ring.

Hentrich became a free agent after the 2008 season and was thinking of retiring. On March 6, 2009, he decided to return to football and the Titans. He signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, which under the labor agreement costs teams considerably less in cap dollars.

Hentrich was placed on injured reserve in 2009, ending his season.

He retired following the 2009 season after playing in 241 games and 16 seasons, falling just short of 50,000 career punting yards.[1] He was the last remaining Titan player who was also a member of the 1999 team that appeared in the Super Bowl.


  1. ^ AP, Hentrich to retire after 17 seasons

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1991 Orange Bowl

The 1991 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game on January 1 which determined the national championship. Played at night in Miami, Florida, the 57th edition of the Orange Bowl featured the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Colorado Buffaloes of the Big Eight Conference.Colorado came into the game with a 10–1–1 record and a #1 AP ranking; Notre Dame was 9–2 and fifth in the AP poll. The game was a rematch of the previous year, in which #3 Notre Dame took a national championship away from #1 Colorado, 21–6.

1992 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1992 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Lou Holtz and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

1994 Green Bay Packers season

The 1994 Green Bay Packers season was the team's 76th season overall and their 74th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 9–7 record for their third straight winning season. 1994 marked the first of 8 seasons in which Packers' quarterback Brett Favre would throw more than 30 touchdown passes. It also marked the second season in which he started all 16 games for the Packers, starting a record-breaking starting streak which would continue throughout his career. This was the final season that the Packers played at Milwaukee County Stadium; they played home games exclusively at Lambeau beginning in 1995. Three Packers had the distinction of being named to the NFL's All-Time 75th Anniversary Team: Reggie White, Don Hutson, and Ray Nitschke. After defeating the Detroit Lions 16–12 in the NFC Wild Card Game, the season ended in a 35–9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game.Despite another stellar season, Brett Favre, for the first time in his career, was not eligible for the Pro Bowl.

1998 All-Pro Team

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1998 Tennessee Oilers season

The 1998 Tennessee Oilers season was the franchise's 39th season overall, 29th with the National Football League (NFL), and their final season as the Oilers; they would be renamed the Titans the following year.

The team matched their previous season's output of 8–8, marking their third straight season with exactly eight wins. The Oilers failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

The 1998 season was the only year the Oilers would play in Vanderbilt Stadium, an undersized stadium that was used as a temporary stopgap until the team's new permanent stadium could be constructed. The Oilers, who had originally intended to stay in Houston until the stadium was finished, were forced out of Houston due to poor attendance in 1996, and were again forced out of their "Plan B," Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, after attendance was even worse there in 1997.

2000 Tennessee Titans season

The 2000 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise’s 41st season and their 31st in the National Football League. It was the team’s second being known as the “Titans.” The team entered the season as the defending AFC Champions, having narrowly lost Super Bowl XXXIV to the St. Louis Rams.

Tennessee’s 13–3 record was the best in the NFL in 2000, and earned the Titans a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the Titans’ first playoff game, however, they were upset by their division rivals, the fourth-seeded Baltimore Ravens, who would go on to win the Super Bowl.

The 2006 edition of Pro Football Prospectus, listed the 2000 Titans as one of their “Heartbreak Seasons”, in which teams “dominated the entire regular season only to falter in the playoffs, unable to close the deal.”

Said Pro Football Prospectus of the 2000 Titans,

Pro Football Prospectus continued

2001 Tennessee Titans season

The 2001 Tennessee Titans season was the Titans' 42nd season and their 32nd in the National Football League. The team won only seven games, and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1998. After going 13-3 in the two prior seasons, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was hired as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Williams' departure contributed to the dropoff in wins, as the Titans went from second in scoring defense in 2000 to 25th in 2001.

2003 Tennessee Titans season

The 2003 Tennessee Titans season was the team's 44th season and their 34th in the National Football League. At 12–4 the Titans posted the 15th season with at least ten wins in the franchise's history dating to their Houston Oilers days. Quarterback Steve McNair threw for 3,215 yards and 24 touchdowns to just seven interceptions; he also rushed for 138 yards and four touchdowns, all despite missing two games to injury, and was named the NFL's co-MVP with Peyton Manning of the Titans' division arch-rival Indianapolis Colts. Eddie George rushed for 1,031 yards and five touchdowns while Derrick Mason had 1,303 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Justin McCareins had 586 punt/kick return yards and a return touchdown.

This was the last season that the Titans won a playoff game until 2017.

2004 Pro Bowl

The 2004 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2003 season. The game was played on February 8, 2004, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 55, AFC 52, the most points scored in a Pro Bowl game. Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams was the game's MVP.

2004 Tennessee Titans season

The 2004 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 35th season in the National Football League, the 45th overall and the 8th in the state of Tennessee. The team attempted to improve upon their previous output of 12–4, but they failed to improve on their 2003 12–4 record, and only won five games, making the record a 5-11 for that year, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The season is notable when the team lost three starters from the famed 1999 team; lineman Jevon Kearse went to the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Eddie George was released before the season, and he would later sign with the Dallas Cowboys and tight end Frank Wycheck retired after the 2003 season.

2005 Tennessee Titans season

The 2005 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise’s 46th season overall, 36th with the National Football League and ninth in Tennessee. The team attempted to improve upon their previous output of 5–11, but was only able to win four games in 2005. The Titans’ games were often high-scoring, with eight of their sixteen games accumulating in excess of 50 points between the two teams.

This was Steve McNair’s final season as a Titan before getting traded to the Baltimore Ravens following the season.

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Since the 1940s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

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