Mitch Berger at a game in Denver in November, 2009.
|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:June 24, 1972|
|Place of birth: Kamloops, British Columbia|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 6 / Pick: 193|
|Debuted in 1994 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
|Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Punting Yard Average||42.9|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Mitchell Shannon Berger (born June 24, 1972) is a Canadian professional football punter who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.
Berger has also been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver Broncos.
Berger last played professional football in 2009.
Berger attended North Delta Senior Secondary School in Delta, British Columbia and was a letterman in football and basketball. In football, as a senior, he won All-Provincial honours as both, a kicker and as a punter, and was also the team's starting quarterback. In basketball, he won All-Provincial honours. Mitch Berger graduated from North Delta Secondary School in 1990.
Perhaps Berger's best seasons came as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in the late 1990s. He was most noted for his booming kickoffs, which often sailed into the end zone for touchbacks; afterwards, he would take a bite of a Snickers bar that he would keep in his spare shoe on the sideline.
Berger was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers after an injury to punter Daniel Sepulveda to compete with signing Paul Ernster. Berger won the job as Paul Ernster was released on August 30 during final cuts. After experiencing hamstring problems, Berger was released by the Steelers on November 5 and the team re-signed Ernster. Following three poor performances by Ernster, Berger was re-signed by the Steelers on November 24. Berger developed into a great tackling punter, as evidenced by his five tackles in the 2008 season. He has two key touchdown-saving tackles.
Berger won his first Super Bowl with the Steelers at Super Bowl XLIII in which he had three punts for a 46.3 yard average and one inside the 20 yard-line.
Berger owns a set of nightclubs and restaurants in his hometown of Vancouver, most notably Players Chophouse in the Downtown area and Whistler, British Columbia. He appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker on March 12, 2013 and is now married to Bambi.
- ↑ New Punter Has Hold On Job
- ↑ Brown, Scott (2008-08-10). "Steelers' Hampton practicing". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_582136.html. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
- ↑ http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/news/news.aspx?id=4189288
- ↑ NFL Journeyman Berger Eyes Super Bowl, Winter Olympics Yahoo Sports, January 29, 2009
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