Mike Windt is one of the NFL’s most accurate long snappers. He also excels in special teams coverage.
Windt has also been durable, appearing in every game the last three seasons, 50 consecutive games including playoffs, as he heads into 2016.
Windt can credit his father, Joe, for helping him fulfill his potential as a long snapper. Joe is a former bowler and softball pitcher who never played football, but he noted that Windt had the unique ability of launching a football between his legs faster and more accurately than he could throw it overhand, so he convinced his son to give long snapping a try. Windt put his talents to work at Elder High School in Cincinnati and ended up playing on back-to-back state championship teams in 2002 and ’03.
Windt is married to the former Kate Fredrikson, a pediatric oncology nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Nurse of Excellence Award. The couple wed in April 2014 in Encinitas, California.
Windt’s hobbies include golf, stand-up paddle-boarding and spending time with his English Bulldog, Hemingway. He also has a taste for fine wines and music. Two of his favorite musicians are Michael Buble’ and Frank Sinatra.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Cincinnati as undrafted rookie April 30, 2010...waived Aug. 30...signed with the Chargers, Oct. 13...re-signed, April 13, 2012...signed four-year contract, March 9, 2013.
2015: Recovered fumble on punt return Dec. 13 at Kansas City.
2014: Handled snaps in all 16 games.
2013: Handled all snaps in all 18 games, including playoffs...two special teams stops during regular season.
2012: Career-high three special teams tackles...injured wrist Nov. 18 at Denver...placed on “Reserve-Injured” list Nov. 21.
2011: Handled all snaps in all 16 games.
2010: First-career game Oct. 17 at St. Louis.
COLLEGE: Snapped for nation’s No. 1 punt team (39.6 avg.) in 2007...did not have unplayable snap in 395 career attempts...redshirted in 2006...played at Cincinnati from 2007-09...turned down chance to play as senior in 2010... earned degree in psychology.
PERSONAL: Played on state championship teams as junior and senior at Elder High in Cincinnati, Ohio.