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Punting for Dummies
Written by Zecharia Gilbert / CS Sports Columnist    Wednesday, 11 March 2009 00:00    PDF Print E-mail
Punting for Dummies by Brad MaynardThe Chicago Bears’ punter, Brad Maynard, has been hard at work this off season, but it’s not his punting game that he’s been working on. The Chicago Bears punter is out to create something that no other punter ever has.

So, what exactly could it be? Well, we caught up with Brad at a unlikely spot. No, it wasn’t at a local Chicago sports bar or sushi restaurant; it was at a local book publisher. Yes, Brad Maynard is in the middle of writing a book.

So you might say the same thing a bearded man said to me in a local Chicago sports bar. “What the hell? What could he possibly write a book about? For heaven’s sake, the man only kicks punts for the Bears. What? Did he do steroids or somethin crazy. Or did he crash his Lamborghini…no, I mean Hyundai Sonata on the highway while drinkin and drivin?"  Well, no he didn’t do steroids or crash his car while drinking and driving.

Brad Maynard has been quietly avoiding the press and media while secretly writing his first of many new sports books. The first one is called “Punting for Dummies”. This book will expose all the in’s and outs of punting.

The bearded man continued, “Punting for Dummies? Who the hell wants to learn how to punt? He should come out with a book called “Quarterbacking for Dummies”. Then he could give it to that one quarterback, Rex Grossman.”

When I caught up with Brad, of course, the first thing I asked him was, “Why?”

Brad stared at me with a puzzled face and then said, “Well, Zech, this is the thing. Everyone and their mother wants to play QB or running back. But, I’m sick and tired of everyone talking about them. The real beauty is pinning your opponent on their goal line. Besides, it’s more impressive when the opposing team digs themselves out from their own goal line and scores a touchdown. Also, quite possibly, us punters can gain some respect in the league. Maybe one day little kids will surround punters and ask for their autographs. Do you want my autograph?”

One thing that I would have to say is that Brad’s right one thing and wrong about another. Kids do not idolize punters and they never will.

If there are any kids out there that do idolize Brad Maynard and punters in the NFL, we’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Brad’s book is set to be released on April 1, 2009. Look for it in a book store near you!

Brad Maynard certainly has the stats and career to back up his choice to write his book, “Punting for Dummies”. Here’s a run down of his 12 year career:

League leader in punts inside-the-20 since entering the NFL in 1997 (317) and since joining the Bears in 2001 (194)… Ranks 2nd with a 42.3-yard gross average, 3rd in franchise history with 26,307 yards and 622 punts… His 42,265 career punt yards on 1,002 punts ranks 3rd in the NFL among active kickers… Only 45.4 percent of his career punts have been returned, the 8th-best average among active kickers with multiple years of experience… League leader in punts, punt yards and punts in-the-20 while ranking 13th in net punt average (36.8) since joining Chicago.

2nd Opinion Sports are fiction. Yes, just fiction.


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