Herman Weaver

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Herman Weaver
No. 18
Born: (1948-11-17) November 17, 1948 (age 69)
Villa Rica, Georgia
Career information
Position(s) Punter
College Tennessee
NFL draft 1970 / Round: 9
Career history
As player
1970–1976 Detroit Lions
1977–1980 Seattle Seahawks

William Herman "Thunderfoot" Weaver is a former American football punter. He played 11 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) from 1970 to 1980. He spent his first seven years punting for the Detroit Lions and the last four years with the Seattle Seahawks. During his career, Weaver punted 693 times for 27,897 total yards. In 1975, Weaver was named the NFC Punter of the Year and in 1988 The Sporting News called him “One of the Top 20 Punters of all Time”. Weaver shares the all-time NFL record for the most punts had blocked in a career at 14.

Weaver played college football for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. While at Tennessee, he had a punt of 71 yards. He also had the best hang-time ever of 5.7 seconds.


The Detroit Lions were preparing for their game on Monday Night Football, Weaver stepped back to punt as the special teams took the field. Howard Cosell was watching practice and at the highest point of the ball flight, a blast of thunder let out of the sky. The next night on Monday Night Football, Cosell referred to Weaver as "Thunderfoot".

Career statistics

Year Team Number of punts Total Yardage Average Yards per Punt
1970 Detroit 62 2,483 40.0
1971 Detroit 42 1,752 41.7
1972 Detroit 43 1,734 40.3
1973 Detroit 54 2,333 43.2
1974 Detroit 72 2,772 38.5
1975 Detroit 80 3,361 42.0
1976 Detroit 83 3,280 39.5
1977 Seattle 58 2,293 39.5
1978 Seattle 66 2,440 37.0
1979 Seattle 66 2,651 40.2
1980 Seattle 67 2,798 41.8


  • NFC Punter of the Year, 1975
  • "One of the top 20 punters of all time," Sporting News, 1988
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