Ryan Stonehouse Recognized By Pro Football Hall Of Fame After Record-Breaking Rookie Season

Ryan Stonehouse. Photo: Courtesy of the Tennessee Titans

Titans punter Ryan Stonehouse‘s cleats and jersey will be displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio after his historic rookie season.

Stonehouse finished the 2022 season with a gross average of 53.10 yards per punt (90 punts for 4,779 yards). He broke Sammy Baugh‘s single-season NFL record of 51.40 yards per punt, which was established in 1940 and never matched among qualifiers (2.5 punts per team game) until Stonehouse’s rookie campaign.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame contacted the Titans requesting items to commemorate his record-breaking season.

“It’s surreal, honestly,” Stonehouse shares. “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.”

Stonehouse, who made the team as an undrafted free agent from Colorado State, finished the 2022 season with a net punting average of 44.03 yards per punt, establishing a new NFL record for the highest net average by a rookie punter. He broke the record set by Indianapolis’ Rigoberto Sanchez, who averaged 42.64 net yards per punt as a rookie in 2017.

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