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Marv Bateman

Marv Bateman
Date of birth: (1950-04-05) April 5, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Career information
Position(s): Punter
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
As player:

Marvin Fredrick Bateman (born April 5, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a former American football punter in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. He was an All-Pro in the 1976 season as a member of the Bills.

Early years

Bateman attended Highland High School and the University of Utah. In college he led the nation in punting twice and became the first and only Utah player to receive first team All-America honors twice. He was also an All-WAC performer and as a senior averaged 48.1 yards per punt and had a 59 yard field goal.

He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Utah Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Bateman was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round of the 1972 NFL Draft and became the team starter after they traded Pro Bowl punter Ron Widby to the Green Bay Packers.[1]

After averaging 38.2 yards per punt in 1972 and 41.6 yards per punt in 1973, the Cowboys released him because of poor performance in 1974, after signing Duane Carrell to replace him.[2]

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills signed him after his release. He led the NFL two years in a row in net yards per punt and was named to the All-Pro second team in 1976, the same year he had a 78-yard punt, which still stands as the longest punt in team history. He was released by the Bills after the 1977 season.

San Francisco 49ers

In 1979 he signed with the San Francisco 49ers but retired before the start of the season.

Saint Louis Cardinals

In 1979 he signed with the Saint Louis Cardinals but was released at the end of training camp.


External links

  • Discipline punted Bateman to Top

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