Rick Tuten Inducted into the Forest High Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Seahawks alumni punter Rick “Bootin'” Tuten, who was inducted into the Forest High School Hall of Fame in Ocala, Florida, on Saturday, December 5.
Tuten was both a quarterback and punter in high school, and he led the nation his senior year with a 47.1 yd. punting average. He played his college ball as a punter at Florida State University.
He is also Ocala’s first all-pro in any sport.
Called the “hardest working man in Seattle” as a punter for the Seahawks from 1991-1997, Tuten punted the ball 108 times in 1992, tied for fourth-most in a season in NFL history. In 1992, he punted for 4,760 yards with an average of 44.1 yards per punt. In 1994, the year he went to his first and only Pro Bowl, Tuten punted the ball 91 times for 3,905 yards, an average of 42.9 yards per punt, and also scored a 2-point conversion, the only scored points of his career. He led the NFL in punting avg. at 45.0 in 1995.
Tuten calls former teammate Trey Junkin, a long-snapper, his mentor, and says he made punting much easier for him.
Rick’s son, Tyler, is a senior long-snapper for Florida A&M, and his daughter, Ryan, is a standout high school senior volleyball player who just signed with Georgia Southern.