Chiefs Claim Former Illini Weatherford On Waivers

Former Illini punter Steve Weatherford--heading to Kansas City.
Former Illini punter Steve Weatherford--heading to Kansas City.

Oct. 22, 2008

Former Fighting Illini punter Steve Weatherford is packing his bags and is on his way to Kansas City. Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday that the club claimed Weatherford on waivers from New Orleans. Per the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, those players will play under terms of their contracts with their previous clubs.

Weatherford (6-2, 217) played in seven games with New Orleans this season, punting 26 times for 1,094 yards (42.1 gross, 34.2 net) with five inside the 20 and three touchbacks. In three seasons (2006-08) with the Saints, he handled the punting chores in 39 games. He owns 166 punts for 7,220 yards (43.5 gross, 36.9 net) with 44 inside the 20 and 17 touchbacks. The Crown Point, Indiana native entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with New Orleans in 2006.

Weatherford punted 193 times for 8,402 yards during his collegiate career at Illinois. He owns the top gross average in school history with a mark of 43.5 yards per kick. He prepped at Terre Haute High School in Terre Haute, Ind.