Chris Kluwe says goodbye to the Raiders

AP

Chris Kluwe, whose off-field advocacy has made him the NFL’s highest-profile punter, is no longer an NFL punter at all.

Kluwe wrote on Twitter on Sunday that Marquette King had beaten him out for the Raiders’ punting job.

“Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. Marquette King’s got a bright future with you guys!” Kluwe wrote. “Feel like we both had a pretty strong preseason. No regrets.”

Kluwe has become well known for his outspoken support of gay marriage, and for his appearances on talk shows and his memoir, Beautifully Unique Sparklepoines. There’s been some talk around the NFL that coaches think Kluwe is too focused on his off-field concerns and not focused enough on punting, but in the case of the preseason battle with King, it’s probably a simple matter of Kluwe losing his job to a player who’s younger and whose contract makes him cheaper. In that respect, Kluwe is no different from scores of other unemmployed football players today.

37 responses to “Chris Kluwe says goodbye to the Raiders

  1. kluwe and Tebow both cut. lets hope we don’t have to hear about these clowns for a long, long time.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says:
    Sep 1, 2013 3:30 PM
    YES! I told you this hedonistic atheist charlatan would be smited down, and I was right.

    This is the stupidest comment I’ve ever read on PFT and that’s really saying something

  3. I honestly thing Kluwe has a bit of an ego problem. Last year he was proclaiming himself the best punter in Vikings history, despite outkicking his coverage pretty regularly and having a mediocre season overall. Even if his statement that he was the best in Vikings history was true, that’s not the sort of attitude you want out of a player who has had an off year. You want someone who is focused on getting better rather than resting on their laurels.

  4. johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Sep 1, 2013 3:37 PM
    aaroncurryisbust says:
    Sep 1, 2013 3:30 PM
    YES! I told you this hedonistic atheist charlatan would be smited down, and I was right.

    This is the stupidest comment I’ve ever read on PFT and that’s really saying something

    In his defense, I don’t think he knows what most of those words mean.

  5. Good. Time for Kluwe to fade away. Ay least he’ll have more time to promote his book…

  6. Kluwe is a class act, but it makes a ton of sense to go with King – after all, the Raiders will be punting a freaking lot this season, so a young and fresh leg will be valuable…

  7. “I honestly thing Kluwe has a bit of an ego problem. Last year he was proclaiming himself the best punter in Vikings history, despite outkicking his coverage pretty regularly and having a mediocre season overall.”

    He probably IS the best punter in Vikings history! That makes him honest, not egotistic

    …and if Peterson proclaimed himself the best RB in Viking history no one would bat an eye…

    …its all relative to the position.

  8. I don’t agree with his politics but wish him well and hope he gets another shot.

    (Trying to show more class than the Tebow haters, who seem genetically compelled to bash him at every single opportunity.)

  9. hope Tebow and Kluew both wind up on the same team…….they can add their phlosophical debates as color for the season

  10. I have a dream. I dream of a day where people keep there personal opinions to themselves and stop trying to convert others. Whether religious, political, or otherwise. Let us have FOOTBALL!

  11. @wringworm

    My point was about his attitude rather than his ranking among Vikings all time punters. I stressed that even if his statements are true, they display an unhealthy attitude for a professional athlete. As a coach, you want players who will focus on improving their craft going forward rather than resting on their historical status. His place in the history books doesn’t mean anything for this or future seasons.

    I also want to answer your point regarding AD. AD is undeniably the best running back in Vikings history, while Kluwe’s status is debatable. AD, furthermore, isn’t resting on his accomplishments thus far, and all season long he has been talking about accomplishing bigger and better (sometimes impossible) things going forward. That’s an attitude a coach can work with. So I think that comparison is weak.

  12. If someone sneezed he would kick it off the side of his foot. He became a joke and no team wanted an “idiot kicker” to take attention from the team focus. If he doesn’t see that, then thats on him.

  13. I have a dream as well. It is where people who share their opinions aren’t automatically assumed to be trying to “convert” anyone. They’re just sharing opinions they are passionate about, whether it be Tebow or Kluwe or anyone.

  14. For the record, Greg Coleman was easily the best punter in Viking history – no contest. He’s a member of the 40th anniversary team and his nickname was “Coffin Corner” because no one before or since consistently nailed punts inside the 10 like he did. Aside from that, defenses had to always guard against his ability to take off and run with the ball because of his speed. Kluwe fits somewhere with Newsome, Berger, Clabo, Bob Lee, but IS probably rated as having the largest ego of any Viking punter in history.

  15. I guess the Vikings made the right decision getting rid of him. If you get cut by the Raiders, then that doesn’t reflect very well on you, does it?

  16. I like Kluwe, but this is just further proof that the Vikings were right to cut him. He was making a lot of money for an average to below average kicker.

  17. Kluwe is a cool guy .theres to many haters who do nothing but bash good people..so what if you disagree with him about his topics or that hes the best punter in vikings history..i dont follow the vikings but i know Coleman was very average as a punter..so if that was the best b4 Kluwe got there then yea Kluwe was the best punter there and its not even close

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