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Tom Rouen
No. 16,10
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1968-06-09) June 9, 1968 (age 55)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Littleton (CO) Heritage
College:Colorado
Undrafted:1991
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts:810
Punting yards:35,189
Punting avg:43.4
Player stats at PFR

Thomas Francis Rouen (born June 9, 1968) is a former American football punter who was the long-time punter for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Early life

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

College career

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, earning 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. 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

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 played for the Broncos for eight seasons, in the process winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. He appeared in every game with the Broncos. As of 2017's NFL off-season, Tom Rouen held at least 3 Broncos franchise records, including: career punts (641), punt yards (28,146), and punts in a playoff game (nine on December 31, 2000 against the Baltimore Ravens).

He then had a journeyman-like 2002 season—he was waived by the Broncos, was signed and subsequently waived by the New York Giants, and was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers all within the course of six weeks. 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.

NFL career statistics

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Led the league
Bold Career High

Regular season

Year Team GP Punting
Punts Yds Avg Lng Blk
1993 DEN 16 67 3,017 45.0 62 1
1994 DEN 16 76 3,258 42.9 59 0
1995 DEN 16 52 2,192 42.2 61 1
1996 DEN 16 65 2,714 41.8 57 0
1997 DEN 16 60 2,598 43.3 57 0
1998 DEN 16 66 3,097 46.9 76 1
1999 DEN 16 84 3,908 46.5 65 0
2000 DEN 16 61 2,455 40.2 62 1
2001 DEN 16 81 3,668 45.3 64 1
2002 DEN 8 29 1,239 42.7 63 2
NYG 2 8 333 41.6 55 0
PIT 2 7 316 45.1 55 0
2003 SEA 16 67 2,762 41.2 61 2
2004 SEA 4 26 1,093 42.0 60 0
2005 SEA 12 61 2,539 41.6 62 0
Career 188 810 35,189 43.4 76 9

Postseason

Year Team GP Punting
Punts Yds Avg Lng Blk
1993 DEN 1 4 135 33.8 45 0
1996 DEN 1 5 213 42.6 52 0
1997 DEN 4 17 619 36.4 53 1
1998 DEN 3 10 449 44.9 59 1
2000 DEN 1 9 346 38.4 62 0
2002 PIT 2 12 403 33.6 40 0
2003 SEA 1 6 225 37.5 45 0
2004 SEA 0 did not play due to injury
2005 SEA 3 15 682 45.5 57 0
Career 16 78 3,072 39.4 62 2

Personal life

Rouen has been married to six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken since 2001.[2] The couple splits their time between Arizona and Colorado.

References

  1. ^ "Tom Rouen NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Amy Van Dyken on accident, new life". The Arizona Republic. September 15, 2014.