Brett Maher
Brett Maher


Brett Maher (American football)
Brett Maher (born November 21, 1989) is an American football punter and placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was

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Brett MaherNo. 2 – Dallas CowboysPosition: Placekicker, PunterPersonal informationBorn: (1989-11-21) November 21, 1989 (age 28)
Kearney, NebraskaHeight: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)Career informationHigh school: Kearney (Kearney, Nebraska)College: NebraskaUndrafted: 2013Career history  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only Career highlights and awards Career NFL statistics FG made: 2FG attempts: 3FG percentage: 66.7% Player stats at NFL.comCareer CFL statistics Field goals: 107Field goal attempts: 137Longest field goal: 58Punts: 368Punt yardage: 16,872 Player stats at PFR Player stats at CFL.ca

Brett Maher (born November 21, 1989) is an American football punter and placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Contents Early years

Maher attended Kearney High School. As a senior, he made 8-for-14 field goals, 41-for-46 extra points and averaged 41.2 yards per punt. He also played wide receiver, posting 775 yards and 10 touchdowns. He received All-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald at the end of the season.

In basketball and was an honorable-mention Class A all-state pick as a senior. In track, he won the long jump and pole vault state championships as a senior, setting a state record in the latter.

College career

Maher turned down other football scholarship offers to walk-on at the University of Nebraska. As a redshirt feshman and as a sophomore, he appeared in all games as the holder for field goals and extra points, while also serving as the backup punter behind Alex Henery.

As a junior, he was named the starter at placekicker and punter after Henery graduated. He made 19-of-23 field goals, 43-of-44 extra points and averaged 41.38 yards per punt. He received Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times, while being named Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and Bakken-Andersen Big Ten Kicker of the Year.[1]

As a senior, the school awarded him with a football scholarship. He made 20-of-27 field goals, all of his 59 extra points attempts, 57 touchbacks in 96 kickoffs and averaged 41.8 yards per punt. His 20 field goals ranked second in school history for a season, and his 119 points set a record for most points scored by a kicker. He ranked third overall in conference in scoring and first among kickers. He received the Bakken-Andersen Big Ten Kicker-of-the-Year Award for the second straight year.

Professional career New York Jets

Maher was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets after the 2013 NFL Draft on May 12, earning the contract after a rookie tryout.[2] He was waived on July 23, to make room for placekicker Billy Cundiff.[3]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)

On August 11, 2013, Maher was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, to play in the preseason while Dan Bailey recovered from an injury.[4] He was released two weeks later on August 27.[5]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On May 1, 2014, Maher signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[6] He played in two pre-season games for the Bombers before being released by the team due to the restrictions on the number of national and international players on the team's roster, keeping their Canadian incumbent (Lirim Hajrullahu).[7]

Ottawa Redblacks

A few weeks after being released by Winnipeg he signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[7] In week four of the season, Maher was named the CFL's Special Teams Player of the Week after going 6-for-6 on field goals, scoring all the Redblacks' points in an 18-17 decision over the Toronto Argonauts. The win marked the expansion club's first-ever win.[8] On May 13, 2015, he was released by the Redblacks, because of a hip injury he suffered in the prior month, before the start of training camp.[9]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On May 19, 2016, Maher signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats following taking part in a team mini-camp.[10] He completed 82% of his field goal attempts that season, going 41 for 50, and had a punt average of 45.9 yards.[11]

Cleveland Browns

On March 20, 2017, Maher signed with the Cleveland Browns.[12] On May 2, he was released after not being able to pass rookie Zane Gonzalez on the depth chart.[13]

Ottawa Redblacks (second stint)

On June 10, 2017, Maher signed with the Ottawa Redblacks. He achieved the same completion percentage as the previous season in Hamilton (82%), recording the same amount of field goals (41) on 50 attempts. His punt average was 46.7 yards.[14]

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)

On April 4, 2018, Maher signed with the Dallas Cowboys, to limit the offseason workload of Dan Bailey.[15] On September 1, the Cowboys in a surprise move released Bailey, making Maher the kicker for the Cowboys 2018 season.[16]

References
  1. ^ "Nebraska Huskers Profile". huskers.com. Retrieved September 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ "4 Tryouts Signed, 3 Undrafted FAs Released". newyorkjets.com. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Frankel, Charlie (23 July 2013). "Jets Sign Cundiff to Kick vs. Folk in Camp". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Archer, Todd (August 11, 2013). "Cowboys sign kicker, snapper". ESPNDallas.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ Littler, Ed (August 28, 2014). "Brett Maher Released By Dallas". KHAS-TV. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bombers add four to roster". bluebombers.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Holder, Gord (June 26, 2014). "Brett Maher getting another kick with Redblacks". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arceneaux, Willis, Maher named CFL's top players". UPI.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Baines, Tim (April 27, 2015). "RedBlacks need a new kicker". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "MNP By The Numbers: Brett Maher". ticats.ca. August 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Former Redblacks and Ticats kicker Brett Maher to sign with Cowboys: report". 3downnation.com. April 4, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Browns sign K Brett Maher". ClevelandBrowns.com. March 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Browns release K Brett Maher". ClevelandBrowns.com. May 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Former Redblacks and Ticats kicker Brett Maher to sign with Cowboys: report". 3downnation.com. April 4, 2018. 
  15. ^ Williams, Charean (April 4, 2018). "Cowboys sign kicker/punter Brett Maher". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  16. ^ Eatman, Nick (September 2, 2018). "Eatman: Wait, There Was a Kicking Competition?". Dallascowboys.com. 
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