After yesterday’s gut-checking Bears loss to the enemy up North, discount it’s pretty clear that this team definitely still has their work cut out for them this season. But despite getting run over by the Packers (what’s new?), illness there are plenty of players to be excited about – and keep on your radar for multiple reasons – especially a few of the members of special teams. These guys don’t get the attention of their play-making teammates, ask but still deserve your attention none-the-less. Continuing our trend of new eye candy is Pat O’Donnell, our HAM of the Week.
We first profiled O’Donnell with the rest of the 2014 draftees, but he deserves a post of his own. Here’s why:
He’s the go-to punter and has started in four games–and did we mention he’s also VERY easy on the eyes AND looks great in a tight white shirt?
— Pat O’Donnell (@patod_16) September 26, 2014
The 23-year-old has made 14 punts and posted an average of 43.6 yards per punt since his NFL debut.
O’Donnell was selected as the 15th pick in the sixth round of this year’s draft, and the only punter to be selected, so you know he’s pretty special. A Florida native with golden skin, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and just the right amount of scruff, this 6’4″, 220-lbs hottie’s got everything it takes to be a truly great football star.
Playing for the Bears also reunites O’Donnell with former high school teammate (and former HAM of the Week) Jon Bostic. O’Donnell lettered three times in both track and field and football, and averaged 45.1 yards on punts and made seven field goals as a senior.
At the collegiate level, O’Donnell punted 181 times for 7,670 yards for three seasons at Cincinnati. By his junior year, he was selected to the first-team All Big East and posted a career-long punt at 76 yards, along with a career-high 43.8 average yards per punt.
O’Donnell transferred to the University of Miami as a fifth-year senior, where he set the school’s single-season record for yards-per-punt average at 47.1 yards. He finished the season with 53 punts for 2,498 yards.
At the 2014 NFL Draft Combine, O’Donnell posted a higher bench press rate than number one draft pick (and current Houston Texan) Jadeveon Clowney. He also posted a 4.64 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times by a punter since 2006, according to the Miami Herald. A guy with super strength and super speed? Sounds like a real-life Superman to us.
Even at training camp, O’Donnell casually earned the nickname “Mega-Punt“, easily emerging as a fan favorite. And how could we not agree? He’s Mega-GORGEOUS.
In an exhibition with One on One Kicking, O’Donnell shows off his superhero skills that bear his nickname:
We’ve got high expectations for O’Donnell, so be sure to keep him on your radar this season.
Follow Pat O’Donnell on Twitter at @patod_16.