Spencer Lanning

Spencer Lanning

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Lanning in Browns training camp, 2012
No. 2Free agent
Position: Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-21) May 21, 1988
Place of birth: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: York (SC) Comprehensive
College: South Carolina
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2015
Punts: 180
Punting yards: 7, 934
Punting average: 44.0
Player stats at NFL.com

Spencer Davis Lanning (born May 21, 1988) is an American football punter who is a free agent. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at South Carolina.

College career

Lanning finished his career with the South Carolina Gamecocks with 171 punts for a 42.6-yard average and 46 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also played kicker during his final two collegiate seasons, connecting on 34 of 44 field goal attempts and 80 of 84 extra points.[1]

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Lanning was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lanning was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent on January 4, 2012,[2] and later released on April 28.[3]

New York Jets

Lanning was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets on August 28, 2012.[4] He was waived on August 31, 2012.[5]

Sacramento Mountain Lions

In 2012, he signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.

Cleveland Browns

Lanning was signed by the Cleveland Browns on May 2, 2012.[6] Lanning was re-signed as a free agent by the Browns February 13, 2013.[7] On September 22, 2013, in a 31–27 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Lanning became the first player since 1968 with a punt, extra point, and touchdown pass in one game. He was released on June 6, 2015, when the Browns traded for longtime San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee.[8]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lanning was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on June 9, 2015. He was later released August 13, 2015.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos claimed Lanning off waivers on August 14, 2015. He was released on August 31, 2015.

Second stint with Bears

The Chicago Bears signed Lanning on October 3, 2015, to punt for Week 4 in place of the injured Pat O'Donnell.[9] He was released on October 6.[10]

Personal life

On November 11, 2014, Lanning became engaged to Brittany Jasenski.


  1. "Player Bio - Spencer Lanning" (PDF). Jaguars Media Guide. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  2. "Jaguars sign punter Spencer Lanning". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. Oehser, John. "Inside the Jaguars". Jaguars.com. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. Cimini, Rich (28 August 2012). "Jets claim punter on waivers". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  5. Lange, Randy (31 August 2012). "Final 7 Cuts Announced, Roster's Now at 53". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  6. Cabot, Mary Kay. "Cleveland Browns awarded punter Spencer Lanning off waivers from Jacksonville". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  7. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/13/browns-sign-spencer-lanning-some-punter-cover/
  8. Sessler, Marc. "Browns acquire 49ers punter Andy Lee for draft pick". NFL.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. "With Pat O'Donnell sidelined, Bears sign P Spencer Lanning".
  10. "Bears ink Martin, Becton; cut Lanning". www.chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
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