Matt Turk

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Matt Turk

Turk in 2010.
Free Agent
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-16) June 16, 1968 (age 44)
Place of birth: Greenfield, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin–Whitewater
Undrafted in 1993
Debuted in 1995 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011
Punts1,137
Punt Yards48,146
Punting Yard Average42.3
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Matt Turk

Turk in 2010.
Free Agent
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-16) June 16, 1968 (age 44)
Place of birth: Greenfield, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin–Whitewater
Undrafted in 1993
Debuted in 1995 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011
Punts1,137
Punt Yards48,146
Punting Yard Average42.3
Stats at NFL.com

Matthew Edward Turk (born June 16, 1968) is an American football punter who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Turk has also been a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.

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Early years

Turk graduated Greenfield High School in his birthplace Greenfield, Wisconsin in 1986.[1]

Matt played college football for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1993. With the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, Turk averaged 36.3 yards per punt. The Warhawks won three straight Wisconsin State University Conference championships from the 1990 to 1992 seasons. Turk also played the tight end position at UWW. [2]

Professional career

Before entering the NFL, Turk also punted and played tight end for the Racine Raiders, a semi-professional football team in Racine, Wisconsin.

Turk punted for the Houston Texans in 2007 after punting for the St. Louis Rams the previous year. He has also punted for the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Jets.

On March 18, 2008, the Texans re-signed Turk to a two-year, $2.35 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus. He was re-signed to a one-year contract on March 5, 2010.

With the retirement of Jeff Feagles, Turk became the oldest active player in the league after the 2008 season.[1] However, in week 4 of the 2010 season, the New Orleans Saints resigned 46-year-old kicker John Carney and released Carney in October 2010, thereby relinquishing the status of oldest active player back in the league back to Turk.

Turk signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on July 29, 2011. He was released on October 11 after a terrible game with the Cincinnati Bengals, where the crowd was booing him, and shot the middle finger to the fans. Turk didn't even bother to address the media, leaving teammate Josh Scobee to justify his actions.

Following an injury to the Texans' punter, Brett Hartmann, on December 4, which ended his season, the Texans signed Turk in his place on December 6.

In the offseason, punter Brett Hartmann was suspended 4 games for violating the substance abuse policy (later reduced to 3). The Texans signed Donnie Jones, ending the possibility for Turk to replace Hartmann, ultimately and most likely ending his career.

Personal

Turk currently lives in Houston. He has a wife.[citation needed]

The youngest of six brothers,[3] Matt Turk had a brother who also played in the NFL, Dan Turk, who was a center for 15 seasons; Dan died on December 24, 2000. In his last season, Dan was the long snapper for one of Matt's punts, to become the first brothers to do so.[4]

His nephew, Ben Turk, was the starting punter for the University of Notre Dame for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.[5]

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