It's difficult for a kicker/punter to become a legend in football, but Tim Masthay of the University of Kentucky has done just that. A member of the football Wildcats from 2005-2008, Masthay was the best punter and second best kicker in the SEC his final year at Kentucky. He was a weapon from a position where most players are simply forgotten, and his remarkable athletic ability have earned him Special Teams Player of the Year awards at UK and Special Teams Player of the Week awards in the pros. But Masthay is more than just a football player.
When Masthay came to UK from Murray, Kentucky, he was a decorated multi-sport athlete who was third in the state in receiving as well as an all-state soccer and accomplished baseball player. He had to learn the nuances of being a kicker and punter in the SEC, and his experiences as a student athlete amplified his desire to give back to the community:
"I recognize as a student-athlete at Kentucky that I have a tremendous opportunity and it affords me a certain ability to be active in the community. I just try to seize that opportunity in every way possible."
Masthay has contributed his time and talent to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Lexington, offering to do "whatever [they] needed," including answering the phones or driving the shuttle. He's helped raise funds for Christmas meals and presents for underprivileged kids, and traveled to the African nation of Ghana for an educational and service trip, helping with many projects such as an orphanage. Masthay has stated a desire to eventually join the Peace Corps and serve in Africa.
Masthay's success in college extended to the classroom, where he was honored in 2007 as a second-team Academic All-American and in 2007 and 2008 was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. In 2008, Mashtay was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of only 11 Division I football players so honored, and also named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award.
After graduation, Mashtay signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent, and is now the punter for the reigning NFL Champions and has a Super Bowl ring on his finger to cap off his many accomplishments to date. Masthay is one of the standard-bearers for the University of Kentucky, not just in football, but in life. His competitive desire to succeed on the field and off is matched only by his compassion for those in need.
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