Three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern has made the momentous decision to retire from the National Football League (NFL) after an illustrious 15-season career. Kern, a highly skilled punter, dedicated 13 of those seasons to the Tennessee Titans, where he achieved remarkable milestones, including earning first-team All-Pro recognition in 2019. Throughout his tenure, Kern established himself as a titan among Titans, setting franchise records in various categories such as total punts and punting average.
Reflecting on his journey, Kern expressed his sentiments to the Titans’ official website ahead of his retirement announcement on Thursday, saying, “When I joined the ranks of the Tennessee Titans, I was in a state of flux after released. A whirlwind of emotions enveloped me—confusion, anger, and a mix of other feelings. However, I remained profoundly grateful. It was an opportunity for a fresh start, and to become a part of the Titans organization was an incredible privilege.”
Having gone undrafted from the University of Toledo, Kern defied all odds and meticulously crafted an immensely productive career that is destined to leave an indelible mark. Remarkably, he amassed an impressive total of 197 games played for the Titans franchise, encompassing the team’s prior existence as the Oilers. As a result, Kern firmly secures his place as the third-most tenured player in team history, trailing solely behind the legendary Bruce Matthews (296 games) and Elvin Bethea (210 games).
Expressing his gratitude for the experiences he had and the opportunity to represent the organization, Kern remarked, “I am immeasurably thankful for everything I have encountered throughout my journey and for the honor of representing this exceptional organization. It has been a true blessing.”
Brett Kern concluded his final season by donning the jersey of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he contributed to four regular-season games and two playoff matchups. As he embarks on a new chapter in life, his remarkable legacy as one of the NFL’s premier punters will forever cherished.