NFL CAREER – The club’s fifth round draft choice in 2009 from SMU, Morstead has been a weapon in the field position game with his strong leg, outstanding placement abilities and booming kickoffs. In his four years, he has a gross average of 47.1 on 161 punts with a 40.3 net and 72 punts inside the 20 yard line, while also booming 150 kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. Morstead earned his first Pro Bowl selection and Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2012, when he finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL with in gross (50.1) and second in the conference and the league in net (43.2), both franchise records. The net average was the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL record books. Morstead was rewarded for his efforts prior to the 2012 regular season with a six-year contract extension.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension, 7/26/12; Signed to a four-year contract, 7/30/09; Selected in the fifth round (164th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2012: Pro Bowl; Associated Press second-team All-Pro; Sports Illustrated and NFL.com All-Pro; 2011: USA Today All-Joe; 2009: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 11); NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 17).
2012 – Posted a gross punting average of 50.1, which ranked first in the NFC and second in the NFL and a net punting average of 43.2, which ranked second in both conference and league. Both totals were franchise records and his net was the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL record books. His 45 touchbacks tied for third in NFC and sixth in NFL. Added two special teams tackles. Selected to first Pro Bowl…In opener vs. Washington, Sept. 9, averaged 55.6 on five punts, while posting a season-high 48.8 net average, while sending four kickoffs for touchbacks…Recorded a season-high 55.8 gross average, including a career-long 70-yard punt vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…Posted four punts for 205 yards (51.3 avg.), including a 47.5 net and two punts downed inside the 20-yard line and four touchbacks on kickoffs at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Dropped season-high four punts inside the 20-yard line at Denver, Oct. 28 on eight punts for a total of 413 yards (51.6 avg.)…Booted a season-high six touchbacks on kickoffs vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11, while also posting 50.0 gross and 48.2 net punting averages. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games, finishing with 46 punts for 2,224 yards with a then-franchise record 48.3 yard average (43.1 net), with 13 punts inside the 20 yard line. Net average was then ranked third in NFL single-season record books (now fifth). Finished ranked second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL in gross average and second in both the conference and the league in net. Set an NFL record with 68 touchbacks on kickoffs. Appeared in both playoff games and punted five times for 227 yards (45.4 avg., 43.6 net), dropping two inside the 20-yard and a long of 60, while nine of his 13 kickoffs went for touchbacks…In opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, punted two times for 98 yards (49.0 avg.)…Averaged 45.8 yards (46.6 net) on five punts totaling 229 yards vs. Chicago, Sept. 18…Punted three times for 148 yards (49.3 avg., 47.7 net) vs. Houston, Sept. 25…Totaled 220 yards on four punts (55.0 avg.) at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Punted a season-high six times for 282 yards and placed three punts inside the 20-yard line at St. Louis, Oct. 30…Punted five times for 202 yards (40.4 avg.) and tied what was then a career-long with a 64-yard punt at Atlanta, Nov. 13…Punted four times for 179 yards and placed two punts inside the 20 yard line vs. Detroit, Dec. 4…Averaged 49.8 yards on five punts for a total of 249 yards at Tennessee, Dec. 11…Sent six-of-seven kickoffs into the end zone for five touchbacks in NFC Wild Card Playoff game vs. Detroit, 1/7/12…Punted five times for 227 yards (45.4 avg.) with two punts inside the 20 yard line in NFC Divisional Playoff game at San Francisco, 1/14/12. 2010 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games, finishing with 57 punts for 2,188 yards for a then-club-record 45.9 gross average (38.4 net), with 21 downed inside the 20-yard line. 10 of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. Added one special teams tackle. Ranked third in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in gross average and fifth in the conference in net…In NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle, 1/8/11, punted four times for a 47.8 average (44.8 net) with a long of 55 yards…In NFL season opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, punted five times for an average of 43.2 yards, with a long of 58, two downed inside the 20-yard line, also with a touchback on a kickoff…Averaged 46.7 yards on six punts, putting four inside the 20-yard line and reaching touchbacks on two of his kickoffs at San Francisco, Sept. 20…Averaged a 53.3 gross on three punts vs. Carolina, Oct. 3…Punted four times for 204 yards (51.0 avg.), with a long of 56, pinning one at the Browns two-yard line vs. Cleveland, Oct. 24…Dropped three of his punts inside the 20-yard line vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31…Averaged 46.4 yards on five punts, landing three inside the 20-yard line, including a 63-yard punt to pin the Panthers inside their own ten-yard line at Carolina, Nov. 7…Hit a 64-yarder, punting twice for an average of 60.0 yards (53.5 net) on Thanksgiving day at Dallas, Nov. 25, setting career-highs in both gross and net averages…Averaged 45.3 yards on seven punts with a 41.6 net and had two kickoffs go for touchbacks at Atlanta, Dec. 27. 2009 – Played in all 16 regular season games, finishing with a 43.6 gross average and 36.0 net on 58 punts, with 18 downed inside the 20-yard line. Also handled kickoff chores for 15 games and put 58 of 99 kicks into the end zone with 27 going for touchbacks, the fourth-highest NFL total. Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, the only Saints punter to receive the honor two times in a season and joined Reggie Bush as the only other rookie to earn conference weekly honors twice. In postseason, had a 47.5 gross average and an NFL-leading 44.8 net average on 13 punts, pinning opponents six times inside their 20-yard line. NFL-high six of 19 kickoffs were touchbacks…Punted twice in NFL debut vs. Detroit, Sept. 13, averaging 48 yards per kick and put six of his eight kickoffs into the end zone, three resulting in touchbacks…Averaged 52 yards gross and 50.3 net on three punts at Philadelphia, Sept. 20, including 60-yarder, putting one inside the Eagles 20-yard line…Put a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line and knocked all five kickoffs into the end zone with four touchbacks vs. N.Y. Jets, Oct. 4…On four punts vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18, averaged 45 yards and made his first career tackle with a touchdown-saving stop on kickoff coverage…Punted three times vs. Carolina, Nov. 8, averaging 38.7 yards with his last punt downed at two-yard line with defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove causing a fumble he returned for a TD on next play. Also had two touchbacks…Turned in outstanding performance at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22, resulting in his first career NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, dropping two punts inside the five-yard line and averaging 48.8 gross and 46.0 net on four punts. Put six of his seven kickoffs into the end zone, with four going for touchbacks…Averaged 43.3 yards on three punts and als o knocked all seven of his kickoffs into the end zone with four touchbacks vs. New England, Nov. 30…Averaged 50.3 yards on his four punts with a long of 57 vs. Dallas, Dec. 19…Became second Saints punter in club history to capture NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice, the first to do so in the same season, when he punted nine times for 46.3 gross and 42.3 net averages as seven of his kicks landed inside the 20-yard line, four inside the 10, at Carolina, 1/3/10…Had postseason club record 66-yard punt and put seven of eight kickoffs in end zone with three for touchbacks in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Arizona…Punted seven times for 51.3 gross and 49.1 net averages, dropping four inside the 20 and putting three kickoffs in end zone for touchbacks in NFC Championship vs. Minnesota…In Super Bowl XLIV, punted twice for a 44 yard gross and net average with one downed at the six-yard line and successfully executed an onside kick at the start of the second half that was recovered and led to a TD.
COLLEGE – Four-year letterman at SMU, handling both punting and placekicking duties for the Mustangs…Averaged 43.4 yards on 166 career punts, including 59 downed inside the 20-yard line…Finished ranked fifth in Mustangs history with 217 points – including school-record streak of 78-straight PATs…Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as a senior after averaging 41.8 yards on 59 punts (2,465 yards) with 20 downed inside the 20-yard line…As a junior, earned All-Conference USA first-team, leading the conference and ranking eighth in the nation with a 44.6 yard gross average that ranked third all-time in school record books on 57 punts, including 21 inside the 20-yard line…All-Conference USA third-team choice, Academic All-C-USA pick and recipient of SMU’s Special Teams Award as a sophomore in 2006…Redshirted as a freshman in 2005…Mechanical engineering major.
PERSONAL –Attended Pearland (Texas) HS, where he received second-team All-District honors and was named Brazoria County Special Teams MVP as a senior, serving as both the kicker and punter…Also lettered in soccer and was a member of the National Honor Society, adding Academic All-State honors…In support of the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser, Morstead had his hair, which had not been cut since 2011 training camp, shaved to help raise $130,000 for children’s cancer research.
Punter Thomas Morstead talks about making his first Pro Bowl on Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Punter Thomas Morstead speaks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.