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Rohn Stark
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Personal information
Born: (1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 64)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL record
  • Highest net average punting yards in a game: 59.50 (1992)[1]
Career NFL statistics

Rohn Taylor Stark (born May 4, 1959) is an American former professional football player who was a punter for 16 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), 13 of those with the Baltimore / Indianapolis Colts. Stark was selected to four Pro Bowls in his stay with the Colts and then played in Super Bowl XXX as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stark was the last player who played for the Colts prior to their relocation to Indianapolis to retire from the NFL.[2] (Not counting John Elway, who spurned the Colts after they selected him number one overall in the 1983 NFL Draft before being traded to the Denver Broncos a week later.) Stark is also the only player who played for the Baltimore Colts to ever play against the Baltimore Ravens.[citation needed]

High school

in Pine River, Minnesota. Rohan was Mr. Pine River High, starring in football, basketball and track (and even taking time out from track practice to pinch-hit for the baseball team).[3] In football, he played both defense and offense and handled the punting and place kicking duties.

Air Force Academy

After high school graduation, Stark headed for the Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs. He had always been interested in flying—his father, Bud Stark, is a TWA pilot—and had received a conditional appointment to the academy. Eventually, Air Force doctors discovered that Stark has a slight curvature of the spine and could not fly in the US Air Force; it would be too dangerous for him to use an ejection seat. So, he returned home in January 1978. What Stark didn't know was that his prep-school trigonometry professor and football coach, John Crowe, had sent game films of him to Florida State, where Crowe had been an All-America defensive back in 1958. Stark got a call from a Seminole coach in February. "I had barely heard of Florida State", he says, "but I went down and liked what I saw." He enrolled for the spring semester and competed in the high jump for FSU.[3]

College career

From the official Florida State Seminoles website: "One of the greatest all-around athletes ever to wear the garnet and gold of Florida State, Stark starred as a punter and decathlete for the Seminoles. After his four-year career as FSU's punter was over, Stark had virtually every record including most career punts, highest season average (46.0) and highest career average (42.7). He earned first-team All-America honors in 1980 and 1981 and was a team captain as a senior."[4] At the end of his college football career, Stark was probably the best college punter since Ray Guy played for Southern Mississippi in the early '70s.[3] "The spring of his senior year, he cemented his spot as one of FSU's all-time greats, winning All-America honors as a decathlete as well. In 1986, he was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame, in Football and Track/Field."[4] He seriously considered participation in the 1984 Olympics.[3]

Stark kicked left-footed. To returners, that means the ball is spinning the "wrong" way and is a little harder to handle; FSU opponents had fumbled about one of Stark's punts per game in his three-year career. And there was one more thing that scouts drooled over: Stark had never had a punt blocked.[3] In his 16 seasons in the NFL, he only had 7 blocked punts.[5]


After retiring from the NFL, Stark and his family made their home in Maui, where he works in real estate.[6]


  1. ^ Minimum 4 punts
  2. ^ "Former Colt Stark faces team he fled Familiar foe: Punter Rohn Stark, the last active Baltimore Colt, left the team after 13 years to play with a winner in Pittsburgh. Now those teams meet Sunday for the AFC championship". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e N. Brooks Clark (1981-09-14). "FSU Punter Rohn Stark has set his-sights on the NFL and – 09.14.81 – SI Vault". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ a b "Rohn Stark Bio – Florida State University Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  5. ^ "Rohn Stark". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  6. ^ "Broker Information for Rohn Stark". Luxury Homes. Retrieved 2014-02-07.