Tom Rouen

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Tom Rouen
No. 16
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-09) June 9, 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth: Hinsdale, Illinois
Career information
High school: Littleton (CO) Heritage
College: Colorado
Debuted in 1992
Last played in 2005
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts810
Punting Yards35,189
Punting Avg43.4
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Tom Rouen
No. 16
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-06-09) June 9, 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth: Hinsdale, Illinois
Career information
High school: Littleton (CO) Heritage
College: Colorado
Debuted in 1992
Last played in 2005
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts810
Punting Yards35,189
Punting Avg43.4
Stats at NFL.com

Thomas Francis Rouen (born June 9, 1968 in Hinsdale, Illinois) was an American football punter. He last played for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League in the 2005 season.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rouen attended Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado, where he lettered in football and baseball. He was listed on the depth chart as a tight end.

College career[edit]

Rouen started his career at Colorado State University in 1987 before transferring to the University of Colorado. He led the nation as a junior with a 45.9 yards per punt average, and was rewarded with a spot on the All-America team. Rouen's most famous punt came in the final minute of the 1991 Orange Bowl when Raghib Ismail returned the punt 91 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately for Rouen, the return was called back on a clipping penalty and Colorado won the game 10-9 and a share of the 1990 National Championship.

Professional career[edit]

Rouen was an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 1991 but was waived before the preseason. The following year, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams but again was waived before the preseason.

He signed with the Ohio Glory of the World League of American Football and made the All-World League team. He then joined the Denver Broncos before the start of the 1993 NFL season and stayed with the team for eight seasons, in the process winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. He appeared in every game with the Broncos and left the team as the all-time leader in punts.

He then had a journeyman-like 2002 season, as he was waived by the Broncos, signed and subsequently waived by the New York Giants, and picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers all within the course of a month and a half. He finished the season with Pittsburgh before signing with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2003 NFL season. He was placed on injured reserve midway through the 2004 campaign and was later waived by Seattle. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers before the 2005 season, but they released him in favor of Jason Baker, and he was re-signed by Seattle, where he completed the 2005 season before being released.

He was later signed by the 49ers to compete with Andy Lee for the starting punter job but later cut from the team and did not play in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Rouen is married to six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Rouen NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010.