“Steve Weatherford is pound-for-pound the strongest player on the New York Giants” (and he’s a punter).
Earning 13 varsity letters at Terre Haute North Vigo High School playing football, soccer, track and basketball, Steve set records for most field goals made and longest punt average for a season. He also set junior Olympic and school records for track and field. He went on to punt for the Fighting Illini from 2001-2005. He went undrafted in the 2006 draft but signed with the Saints. He has also punted for the Saints, Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets and his current team, the New York Giants.
Now in his third season with the Giants, Weatherford signed a five-year deal in March. A recent graduate of the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, Steve has been making the TV rounds, substituting on Good Day New York and working on ESPN’s SportsNation and NFL AM, among others. He will also make regular appearances on WFAN on Monday nights this season.
But what sets Steve apart from most is his lifelong dedication to health and fitness. Men’s Fitness Magazine’s December 2011 issue even featured his workout. It is reported that he can squat 475 pounds and bench press 400. His commitment to proper nutrition and exercise extends to more than just himself. He was recently named Health and Fitness Ambassador of the Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, helping over 80,000 children in NJ area. He was also designated “head coach” for the organization “Wellness in the Schools”, where he is spokesperson for their recess fitness program in the NY metro area, serving over 77,000 students.
Steve’s philanthropic efforts aren’t limited to the health and fitness field. He serves as spokesperson for Second Chance Toys, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Steve Weatherford Charity for Ghana. This year the New York Giants awarded him with the Wellington Mara award for outstanding community service. Steve is married and has three children.
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