After 10 seasons of playing in the NFL, Bucs punter Michael Koenen will be bearing the letter “C” on his chest for the first time. Head coach Lovie Smith announced team captains on Monday and said Koenen received the majority of the votes from his special team teammates.
On Wednesday the 2011 free agent acquisition talked about the honor.
“I’m excited, I really am,” Koenen said. “I’ve always tried to live life with high character and do the right things and it means a lot to me to be voted captain. “It was just an honor when it happened, I think it says a lot about how guys look at you. How you live your life and how you are working.”
PewterReport.com asked Koenen to share his thoughts on why he felt he was voted team captain by his peers.
“Every year I try and find something in my game I can work on,” Koenen said. “I take working out seriously and when I am on the field I try and use my time wisely and get the most out of it. I think I have good work ethic, and have been in the league a while and know some things about football and the NFL.”
Koenen, who has a 43.0-yard career punting average and has dropped 217 punts inside the 20-yard line, said he doesn’t worry about attaining numbers but instead concerns himself with delivering what the coaches ask him to do as the game progresses.
“Stats can be so deceiving so I don’t really set my standards on stats,” Koenen said. “So whatever the situation is and whatever punt we want in that situation, I want to be able to execute it perfectly and really affect field position. So I think affecting field position, whatever that means for my numbers, it is what it is. That is not a (statistically measurable) thing. So whenever I am called to put the ball inside the 20, I do it. If I am called to make them call for a fair catch, I do it. So just for me, it’s about being able to execute the game plan.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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