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Shane Lechler

Not too many Punters get drafted but Shane Lechler was in the 5th Round out of Texas A&M in 2000 by the Oakland Raiders who would see quickly that it was an excellent choice.  Lechler would play for the Raiders for 13 seasons and in six of those years he was named a First Team All Pro with seven seasons being deemed Pro Bowl worthy.  Oakland was often struggling during Lechler’s tenure in the Bay Area so they saw Lechler punt more than they would have wanted but they knew that he did his job exceptionally well.  Five times in Oakland he would lead the National Football League in Yards per Punt and he was second another five times.  Lechler would sign with the Houston Texans and play there for five seasons before he retired.

At the time of his retirement, Lechler went to more Pro Bowls than any other Punter and holds the record for most Yards per Punt.

With Shane Lechler as potentially the top Punter ever, you can ask Ray Guy what that means in getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as he had to wait until he was a Senior Candidate.  This is a player who get in early or might have to wait two decades.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Sealy, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Punter
  • Played For: Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders
  • Drafted: 5th Round, 142nd Overall in 2010
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All Pro (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 & 2010)

    Second Team All Pro (2001, 2007 & 2011)

    Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)

    Most Punting Yards (2003, 2008, 2009 & 2017)

    Most Yards per Punt (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 & 2009

    Super Bowl Rings (None)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Punts (9) (2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017)

    Top Ten Finishes: Punting Yards (2) (2003, 2008, 2009 & 2017)

    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (6) (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2017)

    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt (15) (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 1. Yards per Punt: 47.6
    2. Punts: 1,444
    2. Punting Yards: 66,676
    15. Games Played: 286

Should Shane Lechler be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 80%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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