|Date of birth:||November 23, 1978|
|Place of birth:||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|College:||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
St. Louis Rams
|Career highlights and awards|
|Awards:||2000 Ray Guy Award|
|Playing stats at|
Stemke was born in 1978 to Horst Stemke, a U.S. Olympic soccer player. 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).
The Raiders signed Stemke in August 2002, where he played in two games before being cut. Stemke was signed by the Dolphins in January 2003, who in turn allocated him to the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe, but waived him prior to the start of the NFL regular season. The Redskins cut Stemke in August 2004.
The Kevin Stemke Award is presented annually to the Wisconsin high school senior kicker/punter.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Stemke Agrees to Terms: Should Realize Dream
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 http://www.wissports.net/sports/football/seniorawards.asp?forumID=137&postID=1060551&naID=7
- ↑ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/news/2001/04/23/rookie_roundup_ap/
- ↑ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2002/08/16/SP123240.DTL
- ↑ http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/24/sports/transactions-006289.html
- ↑ Scottish Claymores 2003 Season
- ↑ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2003/football/nfl/08/29/bc.fbn.roundup.ap/
- ↑ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45037-2004Aug29.html
- ↑ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=KTcqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OEUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6585,8009703
- ↑ University of Wisconsin press release. "University of Wisconsin contributes to "Extreme Makeover" Episode on Oct. 12" October 10, 2008
- ↑ Vic Feuerherd, "Nebraska Coach John Cook Returns to Madison for the First Time Since Coaching UW" Wisconsin State Journal, December 7, 2007 at B1.