Former Houston Texans punter and East Bernard product Shane Lechler announced his retirement from the NFL last week to close what many have called a Hall of Fame career.
Lechler played 18 seasons in the NFL, including 13 years with the Oakland Raiders and five with Houston.
He sat out last season after the Texans cut him in September, as Houston went with Trevor Daniel at punter. But Lechler was still getting calls from other teams during the season.
Lechler was named to the Pro Bowl seven times, was named All-Pro six times and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He is first in NFL history in yards per punt average at 47.6 and second in total yards with 68,676.
At East Bernard, Lechler played football, basketball, golf and baseball. He helped the Brahmas to reach the state quarterfinals in 1995, passing for 1,640 yards and 11 touchdowns, as well as playing defensive end. He passed for nearly 5,000 yards and averaged 41.6 yards per punt for his career at East Bernard.
Lechler then played four years at Texas A&M as the Aggies’ punter from 1996 to 1999. He was named All-Big 12 twice and was an All-American selection as a senior in 1999, averaging 46.5 yards per punt. Lechler also holds the NCAA record for career punt yards per kick (44.7).
After being drafted by the Raiders in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Lechler led the NFL in punting average five times and is second in NFL history in punting yards with 68,676.
Lechler joined the Texans in 2013 and played in Houston for five seasons. He led the league in punting yards in 2017, his final season.