Texans Punter Retires After 18 Seasons of NFL


Shane Lechler has announced his retirement, and the seven-time pro bowl punter earned his honours during 13 seasons. The 42-year-old Lechler won his Pro Bowl honours with the Oakland Riders during 2000 up to 2012 and was with the Houston Texans for five years. He never played last year in the NFL as part of the Texans during the final round in the 2018 season.

Twitter Message to Lechler via Twitter

J.J. Watt was amongst the first to congratulate Lechler. The Texans defensive end used Twitter and apart from his message also added in a photo taken at the retirement party held in honour of the punter on Friday night.

Hall of Fame

J.J. Watt plans an induction to the Hall of fame for Lechler, but many believe he might be facing a considerable challenge. The only punter enshrined is Ray Guy in Ohio, although no other active player had more All-Pro, first-Team selection than the six of Lechler.

Shane Lechler standout in golf, football, baseball and basketball while attending the East Bernard High School in Texas. As a placekicker, punter and quarterback he led the East Bernard to the quarterfinals and during his high school career passed almost 5,000 yards, an average of 41.6 yards per punt.

Shane Lechler College Years

From 1996 up to 1999, Lechler played for the Texas A&M Aggies and attended the Texas A&M University and was known as the most talented and versatile player. He completed a 29-yard pass as a junior and in 1998 served as a backup quarterback in the championship game. He earned All-American honours as a freshman in 1996 with 42.7 yards punting average.

Shane Lechler with Oakland Raiders

Lechler was named the twice as the AFC Special Teams Player of the week and played in seven playoff games as well as 158 regular season league game, including the Super Bowl XXXVII. He was the Pro Bowler in 2001 as well as 2004 and from 2007 to 2011 and voted nine-time All-Pro.

Shane Lechler Becomes Highest Paid in History of NFL

In 2009, Lechler signed a $12 million contract for four years, which at the time made him the highest paid punter in the history of NFL. In 2013, on the 23rd of March, Lechler signed a contract with the Houston Texans, the three-year contract offered a $1 million sign-up bonus and was worth $5.5 million.

After several one-year contracts, in 2018 Lecher again agreed to remain with the Texans and signed a deal worth $2 million and already indicated that he was planning to retire. Coming from an athletic family, both his brother was a Texas A&M punter, both parents participated in Baylor athletics, and he married the All-American volleyball player Erin Gibson. His is best friends with All-Pro defensive teammate J.J. Watt. Career highlights include four times NFL Punting yards leader, 2009 Golden Toe Award, and seven Pro Bowl, six first-team all pro and three times all-pro second teams.