There weren’t many positive things to say about the Tennessee Titans this season.
However, their inefficient offense may have set the table for NFL history to be made, as their punter is now officially in the record books.
P Ryan Stonehouse set a new NFL record with a season average of 53.1 yards per punt, breaking Sammy Baugh’s legendary mark of 51.40 yards that had stood for the past 82 years.
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) January 10, 2023
Now, his cleats and jersey will be on display at Canton, Ohio, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“It’s surreal, honestly,” Stonehouse said, per USA Today. “It’s the last thing I was expecting. But it’s such a cool honor. Going undrafted, and kind of having the odds against you, to be able to do something that hasn’t been done for 80-something years, it is such a big honor to me. And to break it from a guy like Sammy Baugh, it’s special.”
But as great as this season was, Stonehouse is still far from satisfied and is looking forward to being even better next year:
“It think this season had some highs, and I think managing those highs and trying to remain consistent was my main goal the whole time,” Stonehouse added. “I felt like I did that a lot with my gross. Heading into next year I want to improve on some of the things I need to keep up in those highs, like the inside the 20 or the net average. Similarly, with how the gross went this year, I’d love to build that consistency.”
Hopefully, though, the Titans won’t require his services as early and often as they did this season.