Adam Podlesh #8 Punter
5'11" 200 lbs.
6th Season/ Maryland
Bio - Podlesh is coming off his first season with the Bears, in which he set the franchise single-season record in net punting average (40.4). He set a Jaguars team record with a 38.2 yard net average in 2010 and also plays as holder for placekicks for the Bears. In 2011, Podlesh also set career highs in punts (89), yards (3,903) and gross average (43.9), finishing sixth in the NFL in net punting. Podlesh has landed 96 punts in the 20 yard line during his 75 NFL contests and forced 27 fair catches in 2011, tying him for third most in the NFL. A knee injury in 2008 forced him to miss the final five games of the season, but Podlesh rebounded in 2009 by playing in all 16 games and recording a 41.9 gross average and a 38.3 yard average on a career-high 72 punts.
Lou's Call – Going into the 2011 season, Podlesh was the biggest free agent the Bears signed during the previous offseason. Jerry Angelo replaced the popular Brad Maynard with Podlesh and took a beating from some of the fans for the move. It was one of his best signings in his time with the Bears. Podlesh became the first punter in franchise history to finish with a net average of better than 40 yards and Podlesh rewarded those on his punt coverage team with bottles of champagne after the season. Podlesh needs to have another great season to help the Bears win the field position battle.
Tom's Take – Adam Podlesh: Podlesh has one of the stronger legs in the game. He averaged better than 40 net yards on punts last year, best in Bears history. He's also good at dropping the ball inside the opponents 20.
Dionne's View – Coaches describe him as a gamer. But if we never have to talk about his game that's a good thing. He's an unsung hero for sure and after a franchise record setting year in net punting average, I am simply hoping for more of the same.