Kevin Stemke

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Kevin Stemke
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Born: (1978-11-23) November 23, 1978 (age 42)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s)Punter
CollegeUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Career history
As player
2002Oakland Raiders
2003Miami Dolphins
2004Washington Redskins
2004St. Louis Rams

Kevin Stemke (born November 23, 1978) is a retired American football punter. He played eight games in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and the St. Louis Rams in 2004. Stemke was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is the son of U.S. Olympic soccer player Horst Stemke.

He played college football with the University of Wisconsin Badgers. During his first year, Stemke set the team punting record while averaging 43.9 yards per kick and in his second year, he was able to make the first team in the Big Ten Conference. In his senior year, he was able to break his own school record and averaged 44.5 yards per punt which was also the third best in the United States. He was awarded the very first Ray Guy Award for being the nation's top punter.[1]

Stemke went undrafted in the 2001 NFL Draft but he was signed by the Green Bay Packers on April 23, 2001.[2] The Raiders signed Stemke in August 2002.[3] He played two games with them before he was cut from the team. He was then signed by the Miami Dolphins in January 2003.[4] The Dolphins would send send him to play for the Scottish Claymores of the NFL Europe but they waived him before the start of the NFL regular season.[5] The Washington Redskins cut Stemke along with 13 other players on August 30, 2004.[6]

After being cut, Stemke was signed by the St. Louis Rams in November 2004 in replace of Sean Landeta.[7] The Rams released him before the start of the 2005 season in favor of Reggie Hodges.[8]

Stemke has an award named after him and it is awarded to the Wisconsin high school senior kicker/punter.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ray Guy Award - Kevin Stemke, Wisconsin (2000)". Ray Guy Award. Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Stemke Agrees to Terms: Should Realize Dream - to Punt on 'Lambeau'". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Raiders Notebook / Starting offense stymied". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Transactions (January 24, 2003)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Dolphins place Moore on injured reserve, release six". ESPN. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Linebacker Mitchell Among 13 Released". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Rams release Landeta, sign Stemke". USA Today. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Transactions (November 27, 2004)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "Kevin Stemke Award". WisSports.net. Retrieved February 5, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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