|Born:||February 1, 1959|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||192 lb (87 kg)|
|High school:||Fullerton (CA) Sunny Hills|
|College:||Long Beach State|
|NFL Draft:||1982 / Round: 9 / Pick: 235|
|Career highlights and awards
|Career NFL statistics|
Michael William Horan (born February 1, 1959) is a former professional American football punter. He played college football at Long Beach State and was drafted in the ninth round (235th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).
Although Horan played for five different teams during his career, he is best known for having punted for the Denver Broncos during their Super Bowl runs of the 1980s, and with the St. Louis Rams in their Super Bowl XXXIV victory over the Tennessee Titans (this was also his last NFL game). He tied the career record for most punts in Super Bowls with 17 total.
College career[edit | edit source]
In 2008, Horan was inducted to the Fullerton College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
Horan was selected in the ninth round (235th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, however he failed to make the team. The next year, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers, but failed his physical. He then spent time with the Buffalo Bills.
In 1984, Horan appeared in 16 games. He recorded 92 punts for 3,880 yards, with 21 inside the 20, and six touchbacks. In 1985, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 91 punts for 3,777 yards, with 20 inside the 20 and 10 touchbacks. On August 29, 1986, he was released by the Eagles. He then spent a short amount of time with the Minnesota Vikings.
Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]
Horan then signed with the Denver Broncos after head coach Dan Reeves was informed by then New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells that Horan could potentially help the Broncos, who had already used two punters during the season.
In his first season with the Broncos, Horan appeared in the final four games of the season. He recorded 21 punts for 864 yards, with eight inside the 20, and two touchbacks. In 1987, he appeared in 12 games. He recorded 44 punts for 1,807 yards, with 11 inside the 20, and five touchbacks. In 1988, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 65 punts for 2,861 yards, with 19 inside the 20 and one touchback. For his performance, he was named to the Pro Bowl. In 1989, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 77 punts for 3,111 yards, with 24 inside the 20 and five touchbacks. In 1990, he appeared in 15 games. He recorded 58 punts for 2,575 yards, with 14 inside the 20 and six touchbacks. In 1991, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 72 punts for 3,012 yards, with 24 inside the 20 and eight touchbacks. In 1992, he appeared in seven games. He recorded 37 punts for 1,681 yards, with seven inside the 20 and one touchback, before suffering a major knee injury that ended his season.
In August 1993, he was released by the Denver Broncos.
Later career[edit | edit source]
On November 10, 1993, Horan signed with the New York Giants after the team waived punter Sean Landeta. For the season, he appeared in eight games. He recorded 44 punts for 1,882 yards, with 13 inside the 20 and one touchback. On July 23, 1994 he was re-signed by the Giants. For the season, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 85 punts for 3,521 yards, with 25 inside he 20 and seven touchbacks. In 1995, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded 72 punts for 3,063 yards, with 15 inside the 20 and eight touchbacks. On May 6, 1996, he was re-signed by the Giants. For the season, he appeared in 16 games. He recorded a career high 102 punts for a career high 4,289 yards, with, a career high, 32 inside the 20 and 10 touchbacks.
On October 14, 1997, Horan signed with the St. Louis Rams. For the season, he appeared in 10 games. He recorded 53 punts for 2,272 yards, with 10 inside the 20 and four touchbacks. On September 22, 1998, he signed with the Chicago Bears after Todd Sauerbrun tore his ACL in the third game of the season. For the season, Horan appeared in 13 games. He recorded 64 punts for 2,643 yards, with 12 inside the 20 and four touchbacks. On November 10, 1999 he re-signed with the St. Louis Rams. That season, he appeared in the final eight games of the season. He recorded 26 punts for 1,048 yards, with seven inside the 20 and four touchbacks. The final game of his career was the Rams' victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Post-football[edit | edit source]
After retiring, Horan began giving punting lessions in and around the Los Angeles, California area. In 2005, he appeared in the film Tennis, Anyone...?. In 2011, he attended an event in support of the Rams' return to Los Angeles; the team returned in 2016.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Super Bowl Records: Individuals - Punting". http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/records/superbowls/player/punting.
- Olderman, Murray (January 27, 1990). "Comparison of Positions Shows 49ers the Favorite". Kokomo Tribune: p. 16. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9108615/comparison_of_positions_shows49ers_the/. Template:Free access
- "Fullerton College Centennial Celebration - Staff Stories". http://www.fullertoncollegecentennial.com/alumni/mike-horan.html.
- "All-PCAA Grid Team". Ukiah Daily Journal: p. 25. December 2, 1981. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9111304/allpcaa_grid_team_ukiah_daily/. Template:Free access
- "Athletic Hall of Fame". http://www.fchornets.com/hof/halloffame_members.
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- "Mike Horan". http://www.footballdb.com/players/mike-horan-horanmi01.
- "McMahon vs. Kelly Highlights Bills-Bears Exhibition Finale Sat. At N.D. Stadium". Tyrone Daily Herald: p. 5. August 29, 1986. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9108145/mcmahon_vs_kelly_highlights/. Template:Free access
- "Home of Champions - Long Beach State University Official Athletic Site". http://www.longbeachstate.com/trads/hof/horan-mike.html.
- "Parcells Finds Reeves a Punter". Santa Cruz Sentinel (Associated Press): p. 27. January 18, 1987. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9108469/parcells_finds_reeves_a_punter/. Template:Free access
- Simers, T.J. (September 1, 1993). "Punter Horan Might Wind Up With Rams : Football: Former Bronco and ex-Seahawk defensive lineman Woods could be added to roster before the season begins.". http://articles.latimes.com/1993-09-01/sports/sp-30181_1_mike-horan.
- "Transactions". August 31, 1993. https://www.nytimes.com/1993/08/31/sports/transactions-693593.html.
- "NFL Notes: Giant Waive Punter". The San Bernardino County Sun: p. 27. November 10, 1993. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9110898/nfl_notes_giant_waive_punter_the_san/. Template:Free access
- "Transactions". July 23, 1994. https://www.nytimes.com/1994/07/23/sports/transactions-750271.html.
- "Mike Horan Transactions: Signing, Trades & more". http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/mike-horan-player-transactions.
- "Sauerbruen unlikely vs. Vikes (Bears Notes)". Daily Herald: p. 134. September 22, 1998. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9107667/sauerbruen_unlikely_vs_vikes_bears/. Template:Free access
- LeGere, Bob (September 24, 1998). "Horan to Take Over Punting Duties (Bears Notes: Just for Kicks)". Daily Herald: p. 165. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/9107998/horan_to_take_over_punting_duties/. Template:Free access
- "Mike Horan". https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2997090/.
- Markazi, Arash (August 15, 2011). "Group wants Rams back in L.A.". http://www.espn.com/los-angeles/nfl/story/_/id/6851797/group-wants-put-los-angeles-back-rams.
[edit | edit source]
- Official website
- Fullerton College Centennial Celebration Alumni Stories
- Long Beach State Hall of Fame bio