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John Kidd (American football)

John Kidd
Date of birth: (1961-08-22) August 22, 1961
Place of birth: Springfield, IL
Career information
Position(s): Punter
College: Northwestern
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 5 / Pick: 128
As player:
Buffalo Bills
San Diego Chargers
Miami Dolphins
Detroit Lions
New York Jets
Career stats
Playing stats at

Max John Kidd (born August 22, 1961 in Springfield, Illinois) is a former professional American football punter in the National Football League. He played fifteen seasons for the Buffalo Bills, the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions and the New York Jets. John Kidd was the highest selected punter in Bills history. The Bills chose him in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft from Northwestern University. He was the starting quarterback and punter at Findlay High School, from which he graduated in 1980.

John Kidd was a first team All-Big Ten and first team all American in college and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor.[1] He continues to hold the career punting average record for his college alma mater, Northwestern (41.8), where he also holds the single-season average (45.6).[2]

During his 1994–97 tenure with the Miami Dolphins he established the career punting average record (44.2) for the franchise that stood until Brandon Fields joined the team in 2007 and surpassed Kidd in 2010.[3] In 1996 he led the NFL with a 46.3 punting average.[4]

As of 2008, Kidd was running his own telecommunication company and, at one point, engaged to Los Angeles weatherforecaster and television personality, Jackie Johnson.[5] John Hartung was sitting with Jackie Johnson at an LA Laker Game on January 8, 2012 (710am radio) and Hartung said, "Jackie is married to an ex-football player." On July 15 2008 8:37 AM, Kevin Roderick, of LA Obeserved, interviewed Jackie Johnson and Johnson said she is getting married next June to former NFL player John Kidd.


  1. ^ Northwestern Football 2010 Media Guide, NU Sports, 2010.
  2. ^ Northwestern Football 2011 Yearbook. 2011. p. 163. 
  3. ^ "Miami Dolphins Kicking & Punting Career Register". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  4. ^ "1996 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  5. ^ "The Soup Cans Interview: Jackie Johnson," Soup Cans (July 15, 2008).

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