College: Michigan State
How acquired: Signed on April 4, 1996.
Highlights: One of the premier punters in the NFL with a 43.7-yard career punting average. Named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad in 1994, and also named All-Pro by Associated Press after the 1993 season. Led the NFL two consecutive seasons (1992-1993) with punting averages of 46.9 and 45.6, respectively. Owns the top three season averages and five of the top six in Oilers history. Played 16 games with Detroit in 1994 after signing as an unrestricted free agent, and was out of football in 1995.
Personal: Attended Red Bank (Little Silver, N.J.) High School, where he lettered in football, hockey, baseball and golf. He transferred to Michigan State after attending Penn State as a freshman. Averaged 45.4 yards on 170 punts in college, with 31 punts inside the 20 and a longest of 86 yards (longest in Big Ten history) in his three years with the Spartans. His career average was the highest in Michigan State history. Also kicked off. Wore the same jersey number as his father, 23, at Michigan State. Likes Pearl Jam, the Arc Angels and Maggie's Dream.
How acquired: Signed as a free agent with Browns in 1992.
Highlights: Led the Browns with five interceptions last season, including three in one game. Finished in the top three in tackles in each of the last three seasons, including 143 last season. Voted as a first alternate to the Pro Bowl last season. Has started 48 consecutive games and recorded 429 tackles in that time, an average of nine per game. Has two career touchdowns on fumble recoveries.
Personal: Was a four-year starter at Mississippi. Named All-Southeastern Conference as a senior and sophomore. Recorded 62 tackles, four interceptions and a blocked field goal. Also played baseball in college. Named first-team All-SEC as a sophomore. Raises 100 head of cattle on his 107-acre farm in Wiggins, Miss., with his father-in-law, John Willis. Married to Jondena; sons Stevon Seantae, Darrmal Nathaniel and Malik Stevon.
Pub Date: 8/21/96