Kevin Stemke
Date of birth: (1978-11-23) November 23, 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s): Punter
College: University of Wisconsin–Madison
 As player:
Oakland Raiders
Miami Dolphins
Washington Redskins
St. Louis Rams
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 2000 Ray Guy Award
Playing stats at

Kevin Stemke (born November 23, 1978 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former professional American football punter.

Stemke was born in 1978 to Horst Stemke, a U.S. Olympic soccer player.[1] He graduated from Green Bay's Preble High School in 1997, where he played quarterback, and went on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. In his freshman year at Wisconsin, Stemke set the team punting record, averaging 43.9 yards per kick. In his sophomore year, he made the first team in the Big Ten Conference. His senior year, Stemke broke his own school record, averaging 44.5 yards per punt–also the third best in the nation. His 42.5 net yards was top in the United States, and received the first Ray Guy Award for the nation's top punter. As of 2009, Stemke still held the Wisconsin records for highest punting average (43.5 yards) and total punting yards (10,660).[2]

After going undrafted in the 2001 NFL Draft, Stemke was signed by the Green Bay Packers in April 2001.[1][3]

The Raiders signed Stemke in August 2002,[4] where he played in two games before being cut. Stemke was signed by the Dolphins in January 2003,[5] who in turn allocated him to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe,[6] but waived him prior to the start of the NFL regular season.[7] The Redskins cut Stemke in August 2004.[8]

Stemke was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams in November 2004 to replace Sean Landeta.[9] He was released before the start of the 2005 season in favor of Reggie Hodges.

As of 2008, Stemke worked as director of business development for Replay Photos.[10]

The Kevin Stemke Award is presented annually to the Wisconsin high school senior kicker/punter.[2]

Stemke is married to Lizzy Fitzgerald Stemke, a former member of the United States women's national volleyball team.[11]


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