Report: Former Seahawks Pro Bowl punter Rick Tuten dead at 52
Rick Tuten, former Pro Bowl punter for the Seattle Seahawks, has died in Costa Rica, according to a report from the Ocala Star Banner. He was 52.
Tuten played seven of his 11 seasons with the Seahawks from 1991-97. He made the Pro Bowl in 1994 and was a member of the St Louis Rams' team that won Super Bowl XXXIV.
The cause of Tuten's death is unknown at this time. He is survived by his son Chase and daughters Kinley and Ryan, and wife Jennifer.
Undrafted after collegiate stints at Miami and Florida State, Tuten also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1989), Buffalo Bills (1990) and the Rams (1998-99).
Known as "Bootin' Tuten," the former NFL vet ranks second all-time among Seahawks in yards per punt (43.8), punting yards (2,4266), attempts (554) and longest punt (73 yards). The No. 1 spot in all of those categories belongs to current Seahawks punter Jon Ryan.
Tuten led the NFL in punt yardage in 1992 -- when he kicked a league-leading 108 times -- and 1993, and ranked first in punting average in 1995. His 73-yarder in 1995 was a team record for 15 years.
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