Matthew Edward "Matt" Turk (born June 16, 1968) is a former American football punter. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. A three-tim...
Matthew Edward "Matt" Turk (born June 16, 1968) is a former American football punter. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Turk has also been a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
Turk graduated Greenfield High School in his birthplace Greenfield, Wisconsin in 1986.
Matt played college football for the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1993. With the Wisconsin–Whitewater Warhawks, Turk averaged 36.3 yards per punt. The Warhawks won the Wisconsin State University Conference Championship in 1990 season. Turk also played the tight end position at UWW.
Turk played for the Racine Raiders before entering the NFL. He signed with the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams in 1993 and 1994 respectively, but did not make the final roster on either team.
On April 5, 1995 The Washington Redskins signed Turk. For the 1st time in his career, he made an NFL Roster. He stayed on the team until they traded Turk to the Miami Dolphins on March 9, 2000. He was traded because of a stained relationship with owner Dan Snyder over a finger injury he had that caused him to miss a game. He also was upset because there was a report that he got injured in a basketball game (although that was later proven false after it was discovered that he was mis-diagnosed.) Turk said he "wasn't surprised" and the Redskins "did him a favor" by trading him.
Turk played for the Dolphins for 2 seasons (2000-2001).
New York Jets
On April 23, 2002, Turk signed with the New York Jets. On March 7, he was released.
Return to Dolphins
After a poor performance by Mark Royals, Turk was re-signed by the Dolphins on September 29, 2003. After having a visit with the Green Bay Packers (the first team he signed with his career) He ultimately re-signed with the Dolphins on March 23, 2004. After being placed on Injured Reserve, he was released on October 12, 2005.
Return to Rams
On April 4, 2006, Turk and the St. Louis Rams agreed to a 1 year deal 12 years after he signed with the team (known as the Los Angeles Rams then).
The Houston Texans signed Matt Turk late in the 2007 offseason to compete with incumbent punter Chad Stanley. He won the job after Chad Stanley was cut on August 31, 2007 After ranking 2nd in punts inside the 20, he was re-signed for a 2 year, 3.5 million dollar contract on March 19, 2008, the first day he was eligible to sign a free agent contract. On March 9, 2010, his agent David Canter announced he signed a 1 year contract to return to the Texans. He was not re-signed in 2011
On July 28, 2011, Turk signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was released October 11 after a terrible game against the Bengals. The fans booed him and he was waving his hands as if he wanted to be booed more.
Return to Texans
After Brett Hartmann was placed on IR, the Texans re-signed Matt Turk. He said it was a "dream come true" to return to the team.
Turk currently lives in Houston, Texas. He has a wife, Stephanie, and his 3 daughters.
The youngest of six brothers, Matt Turk had a brother who also played in the NFL, Dan Turk, who was a center for 15 seasons; Dan died on December 24, 2000. In his last season, Dan was the long snapper for one of Matt's punts, to become the first brothers to do so.
His nephew, Ben Turk, has been the starting punter for the University of Notre Dame for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons. Ben Turk worked out for the Texans' rookie mini camp in the 2013 off season, but didn't sign.