14/04/2024

Max Duffy is heading to the NFL. Photo: @UKFanaticsOnly . Twitter; Jon Hale - Louisville Courier Journal

Former Fremantle Docker Max Duffy has realised his dream, signing with the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.

Former Fremantle Docker Max Duffy has realised his dream, signing with the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.

The punter has spent the last three seasons at the Kentucky Wildcats, where he was an All-American selection in 2019. He is a mobile punter, who moves in the pocket which is unorthodox in the NFL. This has been viewed as a positive and negative for recruiters, with Duffy needing to work on his release time with the ball and his height of punts.

Duffy also won the Ray Guy award in 2019, given to the nation’s best punter at the collegiate level since 2000. He follows in the footsteps of fellow Australian Mitch Wishnowsky who won the award in 2016. Wishnowsky is now the San Francisco 49ers punter where he played in the 2020 SuperBowl.

Duffy is the school’s all-time leader in punt yards, averaging 46 yards per punt over his collegiate career.

He brings experience from his stint in the AFL, where he joined the first kick, first goal club in 2014 debut game. The 28-year-old has already turned heads with his comfort with the pigskin in his hand, showcased by his sidestep of a pass rusher during the Gator Bowl at the start of 2021 with the Wildcats.

The Australian has been signed as a free agent and beat out Drew Galitz during workouts for the spot at the Broncos. He now joins a punting group that includes first-choice Sam Martin. Martin averaged 46.8 yards per punt in his first season with Denver.

He joins the likes of Sav Rocca and Ben Graham as players who have successfully made the transition to the NFL from an AFL background. Former West Coast Eagle Darren Bennett is the AFL’s best punting product, playing 159 games with the San Diego Chargers from 1995.

Most recently, former Saint Arryn Siposs made it to the NFL in 2020. He was signed by the Detroit Lions, before taking up an opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles for 2021.

Max Duffy will join the Denver Broncos for the 2021 season, with NFL pre-season games scheduled to begin on August 5th.

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