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Titans' Hentrich retires after 17 seasons

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By PFW staff

Titans P Craig Hentrich announced his retirement Wednesday after 17 years in the NFL, 12 with Tennessee. A calf injury had ended his 2009 season after only two games.

Hentrich, 38, filled a number of roles for the Titans — punter, holder, kickoff specialist (565 kickoffs), placekicker (8-of-15) and passer (7-of-16 for 91 yards, one TD, one INT). Playing in 241 games, he punted 1,150 times for a gross average of 42.9 yards and a net average of 36.9. Amazingly, he had only three punts blocked during his career, none in the past seven seasons.

Hentrich was selected for two Pro Bowls (1998 and 2003 seasons) and won a Super Bowl with Green Bay during the '96 season.

"I think overall it was a successful career and I wouldn't trade a second of it," Hentrich said. "Consistency is what I've tried to pride myself on my whole career. A lot of guys can go out and kick 60-yard punts all day, but 60-yard punts are going to be taken back for touchdowns, so I really tried to pride myself on not trying to outkick my coverage, being consistent, doing the things they ask me to do."

Brett Kern, who averaged 45.5 gross yards and 38.5 net last season after replacing Hentrich, is expected to handle the Titans' punting duties next season.

 

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