The name Brad Wing may not be a name that the causal football fan knows unless you are an LSU football fan or a fan of punters. Wing would be the first college player to be penalized during scoring plays due to on-field taunting. He cunningly executed a fake punt and ran it into the end zone 52 yards to score an easy touchdown.
Is it even LSU v FLA if we don’t run a fake on 4th down?? #sorrynotsorry #foreverLSU pic.twitter.com/2V6ipchMLL
— Brad Wing (@bwing38) October 7, 2019
First NFL chance
The Aussie-born punter would declare for the NFL Draft in 2013 but would find himself going undrafted. After the draft, he was given a chance by the Philadelphia Eagles veteran punter, Donnie Jones. Wing would be released after the preseason.
Swinging with the Steelers
The 2014 season is where Wing was given his first true NFL opportunity. It was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His most memorable moment with the Steelers was not even a punt but a crazy play. During a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2, 2014, following a botched snap on the extra point where Wing was the holder, he completed a pass to tight end Matt Spaeth for a two-point conversion and that led him to become the first Australian player in NFL history to score from a pass.
In his lone season with the Steelers, Wing would punt the ball 61 times for 2,667 yards with an average of 43.7 yards a punt and a long of 74 yards.
Wing’s next stop would land him in East Rutherford, NJ with the New York Giants. The Steelers sent him there for a seventh round draft pick. In 2015, he punted the ball 76 times and had a 44.5-yard average per punt and a 38.9-yard net average. Another good stat is 33 of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, which rounds out to be 43 percent of his punts.
In 2016, Wing would see his most action. He had 93 punts an average of 46.2 yards a ball and net 40.9 yards a ball. A net over 40 is still very good. The best of his NFL career
In his final season as a Giant, he would lead the league in punts with 95 and averaged 44.1 yards on his punts with a net of 37.5 yards. Wing would also lead the league in blocked punts with two. That stat is not completely his fault, lineman and blockers just did not pick up their block.
Wing would be released after the season. No other NFL team would give him a chance. That is just baffling. He was smashing the ball just about every punt, and he is a lefty too, which is a huge advantage.
The Express way
Introducing The Mett Show: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger chats with punter & fellow LSU product Brad Wing!
Watch ⬇ | #MettShow | @bwing38 pic.twitter.com/lIRvqNiZ1w
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) January 15, 2019
The next stop on Wing’s journey would be in early 2019 for the Memphis Express of the AAF. He would play in four total games, three regular-season matchups and one preseason game.
He would punt 16 times in the regular season for an average of 44.1 yards per punt with a long 54 yards and netting 41.5 yards. Wing was barely getting a return on any of his punts. The lefty would land six of those punts inside the 20-yard line.
Wing would stay a member of the Express until the league folded.
Why not give him a chance?
Wing has put up nothing but great numbers in his pro opportunities. He is a good size at 6-foot-3, 217 pounds. He smashes the football deep down the field and can even kickoff if need be.
He has not had another pro opportunity since the Express. It is hard to fathom that, especially with some punters in the NFL not living up to expectations, the COVID ravaged season and about half the league keeping an extra punter stashed on their practice squad.
Wing has not formally retired or anything so he should be viewed as a free agent. He turns 30-years-old this year.
Moose Gibson is a Contributor for Unwrapped Sports Network. Follow him on on Twitter @midnightxmoose