Louie Aguiar

Louie Aguiar

Position: Punter, Holder, Kick-off Specialist
How Acquired: Free Agent
Career Dates: 1991-2000
College: Utah State University
Birth Date and Place: 4/30/1966 Livermore, CA
Employer: Owner/Operator Aguiar Kicking Academy

"Aguiar" and "kicking" were synonymous terms long before an NFL career was ever realized. Louie and his three older brothers grew up playing soccer and baseball in Livermore, CA with dad, Don, coaching many of his boys' teams. He learned sportsmanship, sacrifice and hard work at a very early age.

It wasn't until he was a freshman in highschool that he even ventured into football. With a strong, accurate arm from pitching a baseball, Louie was a shoe-in for the QB position and took on the secondary punting job, where he also excelled.

After high school, Louie continued his three chosen sports, football, baseball, and wrestling, at Chabot Jr. College where he has been inducted into the Chabot Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1987, Louie was called on by Utah State to handle their punting and kick off duties. Louie's leg won him a 3rd team (honorable mention) punter in 1988.

In 1989 and 1990 he tried out for and was released by the Buffalo Bills in New York. He eventually found his way to The World League of American Football (now known as NFL Europe) in 1991. Louie was the first ever punter to be taken in the draft's first round and went on to compete in the World Bowl under coach Jack Bicknell. That year he won honors as 2nd team punter for the Barcelona Dragons.

Louie's NFL career finally got off the ground in 1991 with the New York Jets. Louie's solid stats kept him there until 1994 when the Kansas City Chiefs called.

Louie's status as one of the NFL's most talented punters was solidified during his service with the Chiefs. Highly recognized as one of the leagues' best, Louie was named 2nd Team All-League Punter by the Associated Press in 1995. Louie's life hit highs and lows in Kansas City as he battled testicular cancer in 1998 and celebrated the birth of son Cody later that same year. As a result of his struggle, Louie founded the High 5 foundation to support others in the Hispanic Community and those battling cancer.

Sadly, Louie left Kansas City in 1999 for the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Ironically he replaced punter Josh Bidwell who was also undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

In 2000, Louie played his final season with the Chicago Bears where he enjoyed being a mentor to then rookie Brian Urlacher.

Louie continues to hold the longest punt records at both Utah State (85 yards) and NFL Europe (80 yards). He ran 585 punts without a block which still ranks him 5th all time in the NFL. With only 1 blocked punt in his entire career, and a knack for dropping the ball on a dime, Louie Aguiar will surely be remembered for his achievements.

Since retirement, Louie has relocated to Columbia, IL where he and wife Teri reside with their two children. Louie runs kicking and punting camps for athletes, from high school to pro, through the spring and summer seasons. He also hosts athletes year round for private lessons. Every fall, Louie gives locals a thrill as he steps out on the field to coach the nearby Waterloo Bulldogs highschool football team.

For more information on Louie, log on to his website at www.aguiarkicking.com.