Brad Maynard
Maynard at the Chicago Bears Training Camp in 2009
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-02-09) February 9, 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth: Tipton, Indiana
Career information
College: Ball State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1997 2000)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL record: most punts in a Super Bowl
Punts     1,333
Punt yards     55,791
Average     41.9
Punts inside 20     437
Stats at
Stats at

Bradley Alan Maynard (born February 9, 1974) is a former American football punter. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, and the Cleveland Browns.

Early yearsEdit

File:Brad Maynard in 2007.jpg

Maynard was born in Tipton, Indiana. He attended Sheridan High School in Hamilton County, Indiana, where he played high school football for the Blackhawks.

College careerEdit

Maynard attended Ball State University, where he played for the at Ball State Cardinals football team. He averaged 44.2 yards per kick, ranking third in NCAA history. He amassed over 10,700 yards on 242 punts. Maynard was named onto the consensus All-American selection and All-Mid-American Conference first-team pick. He won MAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year and MVP following his senior campaign. He majored in business while playing for the Cardinals. He was described as quiet, humble, and hard working during his collegiate years.[1]

Maynard was inducted into Ball State's Athletic Hall of Fame on February 8, 2008.[2] On May 30, 2013, Maynard was inducted to the MAC Hall of Fame.[3][4]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

The New York Giants selected Maynard in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft,[5] which made him one of the highest drafted punters in the modern era of football.[6] He was a member of the 2000 New York Giants, who played the Baltimore Ravens at Super Bowl XXXV. Maynard set an NFL record for most punts in a single Super Bowl as the Giants lost 34–7.[7]

Chicago BearsEdit

After the 2000 season ended, Maynard became a free agent and signed with the Chicago Bears.

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Maynard is known for his occasional trick plays. On rare occasions, he may pass in order to convert a first down. His most notable trick play came in 2001, when he threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Brian Urlacher on a fake field goal en route to a 20–15 victory over the Washington Redskins, which secured the Bears the NFC's second playoff seed. He also threw passes on fake punts during two Bears' season finales in 2005 and 2006. His career passing stats are 4-7 with two touchdowns.[8]

In January 2007, he was voted the sexiest member of the Chicago Bears.[9] Along with Patrick Mannelly, kicker Robbie Gould claims Maynard to be one of the Bears' unsung heroes.[10] On July 25, 2011, the Bears released Maynard. Maynard was replaced with former Jacksonville Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh.[11]

Houston TexansEdit

On August 2, 2011 the Houston Texans signed Maynard to a 1-year deal.[12] He was released on September 3, and replaced by the rookie Brett Hartmann[13] after originally keeping Maynard and cutting Hartmann.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On September 13, 2011, the Cleveland Browns signed Maynard to a one-year contract to replace the injured Richmond McGee.[14] Following the season, he was not re-signed.

Personal lifeEdit

He and his wife, Karen, have two sons, Conner and Cole, and a daughter, Ava.

While on the Bears, every Monday during football season he was featured on "Maynard Monday" with Eric and Kathy on 101.9 the Mix in Chicago where he discusses the previous Bears game. His wife was also featured on the segment after a bye week.


  1. "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times.,CST-NWS-hotside18.article.[dead link]
  2. "Archived copy".
  3. Mayer, Larry (May 8, 2013). "Maynard to be inducted into MAC Hall of Fame". Chicago Bears. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. "MAC Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class". May 30, 2013. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1997 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  6. The New York Times, Giants Sign Rookie Punter (July 16, 1997), Retrieved on September 9, 2007.
  7. "Roster - Chicago Bears".
  8. Maske, Mark (December 24, 2001). "Redskins Fall From Race". The Washington Post.
  9. "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  10. [1][dead link]
  11. "Bears tell Brad Maynard he's done in Chicago".
  12. "Brad Maynard inks 1-Year Deal with the Houston Texans".
  13. "Texans Cut Deep To Get Down To 52". CBS Houston.
  14. "Browns agree to terms with P Maynard".

External linksEdit

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