Making it to the NFL is certainly an impressive accomplishment, given the rigor it takes to be one of the world’s best football players.
It’s even more difficult to have a prolonged career in the league, especially as players age.
Brett Kern had a 14-year NFL career as a punter, spending most of his time in the league with the Tennessee Titans.
As the team has recently announced, Kern is officially retiring from the NFL.
"I am so thankful I was able to be here, to raise my family here and to play for an organization for so long. I am extremely grateful for everything I was able to experience. It's been a blessing."
Long-Time #Titans Punter Brett Kern Announces His Retirement
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 1, 2023
While Kern ended his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, he is most well-known for his time with the Titans.
He was their punter for 13 seasons, a staple of the Titans’ special teams unit.
Special teams are an important part of each NFL organization but are often overlooked in the public eye.
Positions like wide receiver, quarterback, cornerback, and linebacker are often lauded as “superstar” positions, while kickers and punters are overlooked.
Having a stable punter like Kern served the Titans well, as they were able to establish trust in him, knowing what he brought to the table.
The Titans’ current punter is Ryan Stonehouse, who looks to fill in, hopefully taking Kern’s place as a staple of this team.
If Stonehouse’s first season with the team is any indication, he should do just fine.
Last year, Stonehouse broke an NFL record for average punt yardage, with 53.1.
This broke an 82-year-old record, which was previously held by Sammy Baugh, who averaged 51.4 yards per punt.
The Titans’ punting position is in great hands, even though they say goodbye to a longtime member of their organization.NEXT: Video Shows The QB Options For The Titans