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Kluwe helps the kid who’s trying to take his job


The punting competition in Oakland features nine-year veteran Chris Kluwe in one corner, and Marquette King, who has never played in a regular-season game, in the other. If Kluwe wants to win the job, he’d be wise not to give King any of the tips and tricks about punting the football that he’s learned through the years.

But Kluwe wrote in a guest column at that he did, in fact, help King. Kluwe noticed that King was making a fundamental mistake with the way he dropped the football, and so Kluwe pointed it out, and King’s punting has improved since fixing the mistake.

Why did I help Marquette? Why did I knowingly lessen my own chances at winning the punting position for the Raiders? Why would I put his interests before my own? Because I was Marquette, eight years ago, and no one helped me,” Kluwe writes. “No one offered to take a little of that pressure off my shoulders, encourage me that I had what it took to make it in the NFL, showed me the little tips and tricks that can be the difference between playing under the lights on Sunday and watching wistfully from home.”

If King ends up beating Kluwe out, Kluwe may end up kicking himself. But at least he could take a little solace in knowing he helped a young player.

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36 Responses to “Kluwe helps the kid who’s trying to take his job”
  1. mykul77 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:24 PM

    Kluwe is a class act.

  2. chicagobtech says: Aug 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    “Why did I help Marquette? Because it was the right thing to do.”

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 9, 2013 3:26 PM

    What a dream it would be though for Kluwe to both play in the NFL and do the right thing. For him it’s a package deal and that’s awesome. I’ll look forward to his reality show or commentating if he doesn’t win the Punter job.

  4. oakfolk says: Aug 9, 2013 3:28 PM


  5. robgilman says: Aug 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    Another example of attention seeking and self promotion. He’s just such a great guy…

  6. romoscollarbone says: Aug 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    He’s probably confident enough in his own skills, that correcting this guy’s form isn’t a big deal to him.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    Kluwe is a class act, as long as King doesn’t disagree with any of his opinions.

  8. howiefeltersnatch says: Aug 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Why do ride this guy’s jock so much

  9. germanstingray says: Aug 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    You may not agree with him, but Chris Kluwe is always thoughtful and engaging in whatever he does.

  10. rexgrossman8 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    Stone Cold Class. I want to rock a Chris Kluwe jersey. His behavior is something we should all aspire to.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Aug 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    I mean I suppose he’d be kicking himself at the lost money, but something tells me Kluwe isn’t the kind of guy to go bankrupt from buying ‘bling’ and overpriced, foreign cars. I talked MTG with him once and he was bragging about his deck if that’s any indication of how he gets down.

  12. EJ says: Aug 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    Kluwe knows that he has the position locked down, that is why he was willing to help this kid out. Having a punter that you can count on for more than one thing is a plus, Kluwe has the job.

  13. raiderufan says: Aug 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    Another example of a person being judged because he doesn’t BELIEVE what you do rather then on the merits of his actions….Who’s the bad guy?

    He was asked to write the article. He was coming up with inside things he thought people would find interesting. I fail to see anything he’s doing thats grandstanding or self promoting. Hell, he didn’t even tell you to click the article.

  14. schmitty2 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    King is going to be a great punter. I saw a video of him and he was booming punts with over 5 seconds of hangtime.

  15. radrntn says: Aug 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    and now maybe King can help Kluwe learn how to kick the ball 80 yards.

  16. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Aug 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Its amazing that the NFL is so competitive and yet you still hear stories like this. Makes me root for Kluwe even more.

  17. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Aug 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    Kluwe has stated before that he doesn’t like to give jobs, but he supports to the fullest those who do. This would lead me to believe that he isn’t completely opposed to giving out jobs. So it doesn’t surprise me to hear that Kluwe has a job to give but will help the kid who wants to take it from him, as Kluwe probably doesn’t want to give the job, but will if he has to.

  18. codiablo says: Aug 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    Kluwe doesn’t need to play football. He’s made a name for himself doing other things….most of which I’m not a fan of, nonetheless, he did it.

    He’ll be ok.

  19. jjackwagon says: Aug 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    With no QB, the Raiders will probably need to keep two punters.

  20. blackstrat says: Aug 9, 2013 4:05 PM

    … “Why do ride this guy’s jock so much”…

    Think about why they do……….

    Figure it out yet?

    Obvious to me!

  21. godofwine330 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    That’s a good dude. Whatever he does after football is going to take care of itself. Nobody seems to do anything because it is the right thing to do any more. I like hearing about things like this. It lets me know that humanity is not doomed, though it seems to be heading that route fast.

  22. vdogg says: Aug 9, 2013 4:11 PM

    Who let this guy stick around in the NFL this long with this kind of attitude?

  23. zeeman911 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:18 PM

    Must want to get in the rookies pants…

  24. mancave001 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:24 PM

    Well, it’s in God’s hands now. Oh, wait…

  25. demolition510 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:26 PM

    Even if King wins out, Kluwe will be okay. If another team doesn’t grab him, he’ll find employment elsewhere due to his non football interests.

    Good Guy Kluwe

  26. gbrim says: Aug 9, 2013 4:33 PM

    Helping your competition is a gracious thing to do, and not everyone would be so kind. However, making sure everybody know how generous you are sort of takes away the luster.

  27. mullman76 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:34 PM

    If you have a problem with Kluwe it’s time to take a long look in the mirror.

    Well done Kluwe.

    Go Raiders

  28. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 9, 2013 4:39 PM

    P.m. this is a great story about kluew that even I enjoyed but I am incredibly tired of The liberal biased on this site to The point that I’ve been looking for better or less disgusting(constantly ripping on christianity and being complete bigots) site to get my NFL need from

  29. raiderapologist says: Aug 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    Why isn’t the special teams coach correcting King’s fundamental mistake?

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    Nobody helped me!!!! Waaaaaaaaaa!!!! I had to learn in my own like some savage!!!!

  31. hendeeze says: Aug 9, 2013 5:51 PM

    But wait! I thought all godless people have no morals! How can this be? /sarcasm

  32. usmutts says: Aug 9, 2013 6:00 PM

    hendeeze, I appreciate your point, but Kluwe is not an atheist. He was merely asked to speak at an atheist convention. He describes himself as “cheerfully agnostic.”

  33. b1unt3d says: Aug 9, 2013 6:02 PM

    robgilman says:
    Aug 9, 2013 3:29 PM
    Another example of attention seeking and self promotion. He’s just such a great guy…

    What an absolutely idiotic thing to say.

  34. nananatman says: Aug 9, 2013 6:22 PM

    Dignity is never a losing proposition.

  35. rayguyreturns says: Aug 9, 2013 7:03 PM

    “…Kluwe may end up kicking himself”.
    It may be the only thing he’ll have to kick after King beats him out of a job.

  36. dalcow4 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:41 PM

    “I’m so humble and wonderfully human that I will write an article for Sports Illustrated crowing about my humbleness and wonderfulness.”

    There are hundreds if not thousands of NFL players who help younger guys their entire careers. Every summer there are numerous examples by the any team’s beat writers.

    Yet the list of players who will put themselves in SI for doing so has one name on it.

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