Steve Weatherford is a former retired American football player who stayed active from 2006 to 2015. Despite being undrafted, Steve played for an impressive 10 NFL seasons where he played his final game with the Jets.
Throughout his career, Weatherford has been a member of the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, and New York Giants.
Likewise, in September 2015, Steve was recognized as the seventh most popular NFL Player on social media.
The star player is now active as a businessman and has his own fitness centre called Weatherford Fit. Besides, he is a happily married man and a father of five children. This and more will be disclosed right here. If you are eager to know about him, then make sure to read till the end.
Steve Weatherford: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Steve Thomas “Steve” Weatherford|
|Birth Date||December 17, 1982|
|Birth Place||Crown Point, Indiana, the United States of America|
|University||University of Illinois|
|School||Terre Haute North Vigo High School|
|Father’s Name||Sam Weatherford|
|Mother’s Name||Lisa Weatherford|
|Siblings||An older brother|
|Height||6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)|
|Weight||95 kgs (210 lbs)|
|Profession||Former Professional Football Player, TV Personality|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
Who is Steve Weatherford?- Where is he from?
The former NFL player, Steve Weatherford was born as Steven Thomas “Steve” Weatherford to his parents. He is the second son of his father, Sam Weatherford, and mother, Lisa Weatherford. His father works for a packaging division that makes plastic bags.
Likewise, Weatherford was born in Crown Point, Indiana, but was grew up in Baton Rouge, LA with his older brother, whose name is not disclosed yet. But the family moved to Indiana after 12 years, and that’s where he completed his high school studies.
Similarly, Steve won the Super Bowl XLVI as a member of the Giants is American by nationality while his ethnicity is white.
Steve Weatherford, “Age is just a number”- How old is he?
Steve Weatherford, the star punter, and kicker who has played for the teams like the Jets and the Giants is 37 years old. The Indiana native was born on December 17, 1982.
Likewise, Steve’s sun sign happens to be Sagittarius, and people of this sign are known to be hard-working, free-spirited, and passionate about whatever they do.
Despite playing for the team, Steve was always praised for his physique and stamina that he showed in the field. This stunning athlete stands at 6 feet 2 inches(188 cm) and weighs around 95 kgs(210 lbs).
Back in 2011, Steve was featured in the December issue of Men’s Fitness where his workout routines were also described. And apparently, both men and women were a huge fan of his physique.
Other than that, Weatherford also has short black hair and dark brown eyes.
Early Life and Education- What position did Steve play?
Now talking about his education, Steve went to Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. Athletically gifted Steve played football, soccer, track, and even basketball and earned thirteen varsity letters. Also, he was both the punter, kicker, and safety in football.
During his high school career, Steve set records for the most field goals in a job: longest punting average and longest field goal made. Similarly, as a kicker, Weatherford’s attempts and connections were well-made and received.
Because of it, he was named to the All-Conference team and even earned All-State honours as a kicker not once but twice. As if that was not enough, Weatherford excelled as a track and field athlete as well.
Many may have no idea, but Steve was a three-time All-State and All-Conference selection for the 300-meter hurdles. Apart from making a Junior Olympics record in the 4 x 800 m relay, young Steve made a school record at the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.01 seconds.
Similarly, after graduating from high school, Steve enrolled at the University of Illinois and continued his career in football.
College Football Career
Right after entering in Illinois in 2001, he was redshirted as a freshman. The following year, Steve played as a starter where he averaged 39.7 yards on 23 punts.
By next year, Weatherford was selected for the “All-Big Ten Conference” with an averaged 44.5 yards on 43 punts, even broke the school record, formerly held by Dike Eddleman. He also won the ‘2003 School’s Special Teams Player of the Year’ award.
Likewise, in 2004, he won “First-team All-Big Ten honours” and “Second-team honour” from the coaches and media respectively. Sports Illustrated also named Steve as “The Most Underrated Player in the Big Ten.”
Then in senior season in 2005, Steve punted 64 times for a per punt average of 42.8 yards. He finished his college years with a career average of 43.6 yards per punt. Moreover, Weatherford placed 3rd in the heptathlon at the 2005 Big Ten Indoor T&F Championships, setting a record in the track and field with 5,365 points.
Professional Career- New Orleans Saints and New York Jets
After graduating with stellar college records, Weatherford signed as an undrafted free agent on April 20, 2006, by New Orleans. With the Saints, Weatherford played 16 games, punting 77 times for an average of 43.8 yards per unit, ranking 15th in the NFL.
Before the Saints released him on October 20, 2008, he recorded two solo tackles and a 15-yard rush for a first down after that Weatherford joined two teams: Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars within a year from 2008 to 2009.
Finally, on September 7, 2009, Steve was signed by the New York Jets as a team punter. But due to his irregular heartbeat, Steve failed to play in the Jet’s first playoff game.
Likewise, in March 2010, Steve underwent cardiac ablation at Morristown Memorial Hospital, located in New Jersey. The following seasons, new as a leaf, Weatherford tied the record for most punts inside the 20-yard line in a single season with 42.
New York Giants and return to the Jets
Despite not being drafted, Steve was signed by teams like New York Giants. The team took in Weatherford on July 29, 2011, and there too, the Indiana-born punter kept making records. In the 2011 regular season, Weatherford recorded a punt average of 45.7 yards with a net punt average of 39.2.
Aside from his games and play, Steve was also lauded for his physique and stamina during the game. This led the young hunk to appear in the December 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness where his workout routines were included.
According to the article, Weatherford squats 475 lbs and does almost 400 lbs bench press. No wonder his teammates call him the “strongest player pound-for-pound” on the team.
Likewise, with the Giants, Steve won his first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLVI after defeating the New England Patriots by 21-17. In the game, Steve recorded 40.8 yards per punt, which eventually led to an intentional grounding penalty by Tom Brady.
After the 2011 season, Weatherford extended his contract with the Giants and signed a five-year deal worth $12.75 million.
Following his contract termination with the Jets in 2015, Weatherford re-signed with the Jets as the starting punter, Ryan Quigley injured his right shin seven weeks prior to their match against the New England Patriots.
Despite his leg infection, Steve played one last match with the Jets. And for playing this one game, he was reportedly paid $51,176.
Other Ventures- Broadcasting, and Philanthropy
Aside from being a phenomenal punter, Steve is also a broadcaster who graduated from the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp back in June 2013. Since then he has filled in as a substitute for sports channels like Good Day New York, ESPN SportsNation, NFLAM, and SI Now.
Likewise, his broadcasting ventures have led him to star in television, sports magazine, and anything related to sports: fitness, philanthropy- you name it.
Talking about philanthropy, Steve has established numerous charities in his hometown, Indiana. Some of them are ‘Rush the Punter’ and ‘Kicks for Kids.’ In 2013, Weatherford was appointed as the Health and Fitness Ambassador of the Boys and Girls Club. There he serves as a role model, mentor, and coach to around 80,000 kids from New Jersey.
Moreover, his other charities also involve serving as a spokesperson for Second Chance Toys, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Steve Weatherford Charity for Ghana, to name some.
How much is Steve Weatherford worth?- Net Worth and Salary
For someone who has earned his name in football history without being undrafted is almost unthinkable. But Steve Weatherford was the one who achieved all the fame and wealth that came with it. As of now, his net worth is assumed to be around $2 million.
However, the star player has not revealed any of his income and earnings to the public. This has kept us unaware of his total assets and property.
But back in 2015, Steve signed an 11-month lease for a Colonial-style home with six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms. Not to mention, the house also has a garage for three cars. The house is located in Windsor Road in Tenafly.
Sadly, the Weatherford was sued for $60,000 in bank rent and for damaging the property.
Is Steve Weatherford married? Wife and Children
So far Steve Weatherford has lived his life as a super player in the football world. Same to that, he is also a super husband and super dad to his wife and children.
In his mid-30s, Steve is a married man as of now. He is married to his beautiful wife, Laura Weatherford. But the exact date of their marriage and even anything regarding their relationships is unknown to the public.
Nonetheless, the Weatherford couple now looks after their five children whose names are of course hidden from the media and public alike. We will make sure to update on it as soon as we get some information on them.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 369k Followers
Twitter– 119k Followers