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 four seasons, 66 consecutive games including playoffs, as he heads into 2017.
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 Bublé and Frank Sinatra.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Cincinnati as undrafted rookie April 30, 2010...waived Aug. 30...signed with San Diego, Oct. 13...re-signed, April 13, 2012...signed four-year contract, March 9, 2013.
2017: Saw action in all 16 contests, snapping on all kicks and punts for a total of 148 special teams plays...Posted two special teams tackles at the Jets on Christmas Eve…Appeared in the 105th game of his career in the contest against the Eagles and his 110th against the Jaguars…Saw action in career game No. 115 in the second matchup with Kansas City…at Denver (Sept. 11): Snapped on all field goals and punts, seeing time on nine special teams plays...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Handled all snapping duties, participating on nine snaps on special teams...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Played on seven special teams snaps as he handled all snapping duties...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Appeared in the 105th game of his career, participating on eight special teams plays…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Saw action on a season-high 11 special teams snaps, handling snapping duties for six punts, two successful field goals and three extra points…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Handled all snapping duties, seeing action on eight special teams plays…Snapped on a 32-yard, game-winning field goal by K Nick Novak as time expired…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Snapped on all punts and extra points for a total of 11 plays…at New England (Oct. 29): Snapped on all kicks, playing on seven special teams snaps….at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Appeared in the 110th game of his career, snapping on all punts and kicks for 14 special teams plays…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Saw action on 13 special teams plays, snapping on all extra points, punts and field goal attempts as K Nick Novak set a career high for points in a game with 18…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Snapped on all kicks, seeing action on a total of six special teams snaps, including the first career point for P Drew Kaser…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Handled all snapping duties, appearing on eight special teams plays…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Played on 11 special teams snaps, snapping on all punts and kicks…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Snapped on all punts, kicks and extra point attempts for a total of five special teams plays…Game marked the 115th of his career…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Handled all snapping duties, seeing action on 13 special teams plays…Posted two special teams tackles on punt coverage, pinning the Jets inside the 20 once…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Snapped on all kicks and punts, totaling eight special teams snaps.
2016: 100th career game played Dec. 24 at Cleveland.
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.