| 4 years ago||
dont yall got like 2 of the best kickers in the nfl?
Learning from the best
Want to see booming 70 and 80-yard punts? Want to pin your opponents deep in their own territory? How about a punter who’s also super athletic? If that sounds good to you, then Marquette King, a NFL prospect from Fort Valley State University, is your man. King consistently sends footballs soaring down the field and often records a hang time over 5 seconds. Throw in the fact that he’s also a natural athlete and you’ve got a player who’s making NFL teams take notice. If you don’t know his name yet, you should. (Check out this video and this video of Marquette to see his skills for yourself.) Marquette took a short break from punting to answer a few questions about himself.
What made you decide to become a punter?
I would come home from school and just start kicking footballs out of boredom. When I made my first punt look like a throw, it challenged me to try to do it again. Then, after a while, I would try to see how high I could make the ball go, then how far I could kick it. One day, my high school coach asked who knew how to kick and I ended up getting the job. In college, I played wide receiver, but when the coach found out I could punt, he said he’d take my scholarship if I wouldn’t focus on kicking.
You had an 80-yard punt your senior year at Fort Valley State. In the 2011-2012 NFL Season, only one punter (Oakland’s Shane Lechler) had a punt that was equally as long. What’s your secret to being able to kick the ball so far?
That 80-yard punt showed me that I can do the same thing that even the best punters in the NFL can do no matter where I come from. There is really no secret, you just have to work hard and have fun. When you focus too much on the task at hand then you set yourself up for failure.
What’s something that people don’t know about being a punter?
Everyone thinks that being a punter, or even a kicker, is easy and that we don’t do anything in practice, which isn’t true at all. People don’t know that punters deal with a lot of pressure and are athletes too. Punters wear helmets and shoulder pads like everyone else. We are all football players at the end of the day.
You recently won the title of Best Player Name in the 2012 NFL Draft! Congratulations! Where’s the name Marquette come from?
Thank you! The name Marquette comes from my uncle. My grandmother liked the name and decided to name my father Marquette, therefore naming me Marquette King Jr.
Where will you be watching the draft? Who will you be watching it with?
I will be at home with my mother, Audrey King, my younger sister, Jasmine King, and my father, Marquette King Sr.
What are three things that NFL teams should know about Marquette King?
I am going to change how people look at punters this year (style, athleticism), I can tackle, and I will go all out to win and set up the team in the best position possible.
You’re having a dinner party and can invite any three guests, living or dead. Who’re you taking?
I would like to bring Reggie Roby, Aaliyah the R&B singer, and Jamie Kohl, the director of Kohl’s Kicking camps.
My favorite movie is Napoleon Dynamite. I love that movie. I wish they had a sequel.
Waffle House All-Star Special with 2 pancakes! (Grits with cheese, eggs with cheese, bacon)
Any favorite hobbies (not including football)?
Listening to music, playing pool, and playing video games.
Thanks for the interview. Good luck on Thursday.
80 yard punt, Jags shoulda drafted him in the 3rd