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 six years, he has a gross average of 47.0 on 354 punts with a 41.0 net and 116 punts inside the 20-yard line, while also booming 242 kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. In 2014 Morstead finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL in net (42.9).
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 six years, he has a gross average of 47.0 on 354 punts with a 41.0 net and 116 punts inside the 20-yard line, while also booming 242 kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. In 2014 Morstead finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL in net (42.9).
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 – 2014: New Orleans Saints Man of the Year; 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).
2014 – Saw action in all 16 games…Finished with 58 punts for 2,690 yards, a gross average of 46.4 yards per punt, and a net of 42.9 yards…Placed 19 punts inside the 20-yard line…40 of his kickoffs sailed into the end zone for touchbacks…Finished first in the NFC and second in the NFL in net punting average (42.9)…Also recorded a special teams tackle. Averaged a season-high 50.5 yards on two punts, with both punts sailing into the end zone at Atlanta, Sept. 7…Recorded a gross 41.2 avg. on five punts and a net of 40.8 while landing two kicks inside the 20 at Cleveland, Sept. 14... Booted four punts for 168 yards at Detroit, Oct. 19...Sent all eight kickoffs into end zone for touchbacks vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26...Punted four times for 187 yards with gross and net averages of 46.8 yards at Carolina, Oct. 30...Punted six times for 299 yards for a 49.8 average and a 42.0 net while landing one kick inside the 20-yard line vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9...Landed two punts inside the 20-yard line and had a 54-yard punt vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16...Recorded a gross 48.5 avg. on three punts at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30...Punted five times for 220 yards vs. Carolina, Dec. 7... Punted five times for 217 yards and added one special teams tackle at Chicago, Dec. 15...Punted four times for 200 yards, with a gross average of 49.5 yards per kick with a net average of 49.5, including a season-long 63-yard kick vs. Atlanta, Dec. 21... Recorded a season-high gross average of 52.0 in season finale at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28…Was selected as the Saints’ nominee for the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. 2013 – Posted a gross punting average of 46.9, fifth in the NFC and eighth in the NFL and a net average of 42.3, second in the conference and fourth in the league. His 52 touchbacks on kickoffs tied for second in the NFC and fourth in the NFL. Also recorded a special teams tackle. In two postseason games, had a 37.1 gross average and a 32.3 net with one kickoff sailing into the end zone for a touchback…Averaged 49.3 yards on three punts, including two inside the 20 in season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8. Also, all six of his kickoffs sailed in the end zone for touchbacks…Placed season-high four of his punts inside the 20 at Tampa Bay, Sept. 15…Recorded a 49.5 gross average and 45.8 net vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Averaged 47.3 yards on three punts, including a net of 45.7 and one inside the 20 vs. Miami, Sept. 30. Also placed six of his seven kickoffs in the end zone, with five resulting touchbacks…Recorded touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Had a gross average of 51.3 on three punts and a net of 43.7, including one inside the 20 vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17. Also recorded touchbacks on all five of his kickoffs…Averaged 49.5 yards on four punts, including a net of 42.0, in win at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Averaged 49.0 yards on six punts, including a net of 46.2 at Seattle, Dec. 2…Averaged 53.5 yards on two punts with a 50.0 net average at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Punted seven times for 340 yards (48.6 gross) with a 42.9 net average at Carolina, Dec. 22. 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 at the time was the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL record books. His 45 touchbacks on kickoffs were tied for third in NFC and sixth in NFL. Added two special teams tackles. Selected to Pro Bowl…In season opener vs. Washington, Sept. 9, averaged a 55.6 gross average on five punts, posting a season-high 48.8 net average, also 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 gross), 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 gross)…Booted season-high six touchbacks on kickoffs vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11, 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 48.3 gross 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 gross punting average, 43.6 net), dropping two inside the 20-yard line and a long of 60, while nine of his 13 kickoffs went for touchbacks…In NFL opener at Green Bay, Sept. 8, punted two times for 98 yards (49.0 gross)…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 gross, 47.7 net) vs. Houston, Sept. 25…Totaled 220 yards on four punts (55.0 gross) 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 gross), including 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 end zone for five touchbacks in NFC Wild Card 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 Pgame 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 gross 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 gross), 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 became only the second Saints 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. NFL-high six of 19 kickoffs were for 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 for touchbacks…Averaged 52.0 gross and 50.3 net on three punts at Philadelphia, Sept. 20, including a 60-yarder, putting one inside the Eagles 20-yard line…Put two punts inside the 20 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 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 the Panthers two-yard line with defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove causing a fumble he recovered and returned for a touchdown on next play. Also had two touchbacks…Turned in an 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 also 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 Most Valuable Player 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 St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser, Morstead had his hair, which had not been cut since 2011 training camp, shaved in 2013 to help raise $130,000 for children’s cancer research…Has participated in several Verizon fan engagement events…Visited John James Audubon Elementary School in Kenner in 2012 to lead a pep rally celebrating the school’s first place win in the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 “Top That!” Rotolo’s Pizza Recipe Contest…Has annually participated with his teammates in Thanksgiving turkey giveaways at the Dryades YMCA and in 2013 appeared at a team Christmas bike and toy giveaway with the Marines at the practice facility…In January, 2015, he teamed up with the Tipitina’s Foundation to provide the James M. Singleton Charter School Marching Band with 24 new instruments…Focuses the majority of his efforts in the community on cancer-related and child-related initiatives through his foundation, “What You Give Will Grow” (Website, www.wygwg) which he established in 2012.
The Saints successfully execute an onside kick to start the second half.
Take a look at some of the scenes that didn't make the cut of our Ambushing video in which Thomas Morstead and Chris Reis re-enacted the famous onside kick from Super Bowl XLIV. Video by Justin Stout, New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead and the Tipitina’s Foundation surprised the James M. Singleton Charter School Marching Band with 24 new instruments on Friday, Jan. 9. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead spoke on Wednesday, Dec. 17 about being chosen the team's Man of the Year. Video by Justin Stout (New Orleans Saints video)