Justin Brantly
No. 16     Omaha Nighthawks
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-03-28) March 28, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Corpus Christi, Texas
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Texas A&M
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

Justin Jay Brantly (born March 28, 1986 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American football punter for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Texas A&M.

Early yearsEdit

Brantly went to school in East Bernard, Texas,[1] where his father, Jerry Brantly, served as an assistant coach under Dale Lechler, the father of NFL and former Texas A&M punter Shane Lechler. Shane and Justin were childhood friends and continue to be close. Justin later went to Sealy High School in Sealy, Texas, where he ran track and played basketball and baseball.[2]

He was voted into the UIL All-Century Defensive Football Third Team.[3] ranked him the 18th kicker prospect in the 2005 recruiting class.[4] He chose to play for Texas A&M over Southern California due to the small-town atmosphere at A&M.[1] He played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[5]

College careerEdit

Brantly compiled a 44.3 career punting average, which ranks second in school history behind Shane Lechler's 44.7 set from 1996 to 1999.[6] Brantly punted 44 times inside the opponent's 20-yard line and recorded 57 career punts of more than 50 yards. He hit a career-best 80-yard punt against Colorado in 2005.

During his senior season, Brantly led the Big 12[7] and placed third nationally with a 45.7-yard average.[8] He booted 18 of his 51 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, and hit at least one punt of 50 or more yards in 10 of the 12 games.[9]

After his senior season, he played in the Texas vs. The Nation Game on January 31, 2009.[10]

College awards and honorsEdit

Professional careerEdit


Brantly weighed 247 pounds and measured 6-foot-3 and 3/8 at the Texas A&M Pro Day on March 4, 2009.[28]

Houston TexansEdit

Brantly was not drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, but later signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans.[29] He was released by the Texans in June 2009.[30] He worked out with other teams during the 2009 regular season.[31]

Omaha NighthawksEdit

Brantly signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League in July 2010.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Small-town guy making big-time kicks / A&M's Brantly fourth nationally in yards per punt".
  2. "Brantly following closely in what Lechler accomplished".
  3. "UIL All-Century Defensive Football Team Announced".
  4. "Justin Brantly".
  5. "2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Roster".
  6. "Highest Punting Average - Career (minimum 100 punts)".
  7. "2008 BIG 12 FOOTBALL Team Statistics Through games of Dec 02, 2008 (Conference games)".
  8. "Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Player Report: Punting".
  9. "Brantly Earns All-America Honors".
  10. "Texas LB Bobino shows quickness, instincts at All-Star Challenge".
  11. " 2005 Freshman All-America First Team".
  12. "2006 AT&T All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  13. "2007 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  14. "Football's Chris Beckman Named To Ray Guy Award Watch List".
  15. "Greater Augusta Sports Council Announces 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List".
  16. "Brantly Among 2008 Ray Guy Award Candidates".
  17. "2008 Academic All-Big 12 Football Team".
  18. "2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced".
  19. "2008 AP All-Big 12 Team".
  20. " All-Big 12 Team".
  21. "2008 TRIBUNE-HERALD ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM: It's all about offense".
  22. "2008 CFN All-Big 12 Team & Top 30 Players".
  23. "Dallas Morning News' All-Big 12 Team".
  24. "Bradford, Texas' Orakpo lead elite in Big 12".
  25. " 2008 All-America Teams".
  26. "'s 2008 All-Americans". CNN. December 16, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  27. "2008 CFN All-America Special Teams".
  28. "Aggies QB McGee shines in Texas A&M Pro Day".
  29. "Brantly feeling right at home".
  30. "Texans open four practices".
  31. "Broncos work out punters". Denver Post.

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