PLAYER
Don Muhlbach
LS #48
Height:
6-4
Weight:
258
Age:
35
College:
Texas A&M
Hometown:
Lufkin, Texas
Experience:
13
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 22 19 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0
2015 DET 16 0 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 DET 16 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 DET 16 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 16 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 DET 16 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 DET 16 0 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2009 DET 15 0 6 5 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2008 DET 16 0 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2007 DET 16 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2006 DET 16 0 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2005 DET 13 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2004 DET 8 0 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Muhlbach’s velocity and accuracy places him among the best in the League in his specialty, and he is a critical part of the snap-hold-kick process. A deep-snapping specialist who has a crisp and consistent delivery, Muhlbach spent 2004 training camp with Baltimore before joining the Lions later that season and has been the team’s long snapper ever since.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: MULE-bach
  • Pro Bowl: 2013

TRANSACTIONS

  • Re-signed by the Lions as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2016.
  • Re-signed by the Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year contract on February 27, 2015.
  • Re-signed by the Detroit Lions to a one-year contract on March 14, 2013.
  • Re-signed by the Detroit Lions on March 21, 2012.
  • Re-signed by the Detroit Lions to a five-year deal on March 2, 2007.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions November 9, 2004.
  • Released by the Baltimore Ravens August 30, 2004.
  • Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens April 30, 2004.

PRO
Muhlbach’s velocity and accuracy places him among the best in the League in his specialty, and he is a critical part of the snap-hold-kick process. A deep-snapping specialist who has a crisp and consistent delivery, Muhlbach spent 2004 training camp with Baltimore before joining the Lions later that season and has been the team’s long snapper ever since.

  • By playing at Chicago in the 2015 season finale, Muhlbach played in his 180th career game and became the eighth player in team history to appear in 180+ career games.
  • By playing in one game in 2016, Muhlbach with play in his 13th season with the Lions and become the ninth player in franchise history to play at least 13 seasons with the club.
  • When Muhlbach snapped for K Jason Hanson on the field goal team in 2004, that unit’s accuracy improved with the most significant increase coming on long-range field goals. Hanson’s field goal accuracy with Muhlbach as the snapper increased 5.8 percent on overall attempts. That improvement is 12.7 percent for field goals of 40-49 yards, 14.2 percent for field goals 40+-yards and 19.4 percent for field goals of 50+-yards.
  • With Muhlbach snapping, Hanson was 59-of-73 (80.8 pct) on field goal attempts of 40-49-yards, 81-of-107 (75.7 pct) from 40+-yards and 25-of-37 (67.6 pct) on 50+-yard field goals over his career.

2015: Became the 17th player in franchise history to play 12 seasons with the Lions by playing in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).

  • By playing on Thanksgiving against the Eagles (11/26), Muhlbach appeared in his 175th career game in the NFL. With 175 career games, he became the 10th player in Lions history to play in 175 career games.
  • Successfully snapped for P Sam Martin as he punted seven times and K Matt Prater as he converted on both extra point attempts in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13). By playing at St. Louis, Muhlbach appeared in his 177th career game in the NFL and tied C Kevin Glover (177) for eighth on the Lions all-time career games played list.
  • By playing at Chicago in the 2015 season finale, played in his 180th career game and became the eighth player in team history to appear in 180+ career games.
  • Snapped for P Sam Martin in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3) and was a part of a punt team that allowed 6.1 yards per punt return this season (sixth in the NFL), the club’s lowest average since 2002 (4.5 yds). Combined with just 3 touchbacks, the lowest since 2012 (1), and a punting average of 46.0, the Lions’ 42.0 net punting average set a team single-season record. It marks the first time since net punting became an official statistic in 1976 that the team has finished with a 40.0+ net punting average in three-straight seasons.

2014: Concluded his 11th NFL season as the elder statesmen in the Lions special teams room, and provided leadership for second-year P Sam Martin.

  • By playing in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14), Muhlbach played in his 150th-career game and became only the 20th player in franchise history to play 150 career games with the club.
  • Contributed to K Matt Prater successfully kicking a 52-yard field and P Sam Martin punting seven times for 341 yards in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Successfully snapped for P Sam Martin as he had a career-high four punts land inside the 20-yard line in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Snapped for K Matt Prater as he went 3-of-3 including a 48-yard game-winning field goal in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Contributed to P Sam Martin successfully punting three times in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9) and helped block for two fake punts.
  • Snapped for K Matt Prater as he went 2-of-2 on field goals in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Snapped for K Matt Prater as he went 2-of-2 on field goals in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Snapped for K Matt Prater as he converted 3-of-3 field goals, including the game-winner in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Snapped for K Matt Prater as he went 2-of-2 on field goals in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Snapped for K David Akers as he has made 18-of-24 field goals and 42-of-43 extra point attempts in 2013.

2012: Named to his first-ever Pro Bowl following the 2012 season.

  • Snapped for K Jason Hanson as he connected on 4-of-5 field goals in the Lions’ 27-19 loss at San Francisco (9/16) in Week 2.
  • Snapped for K Jason Hanson as he went 4-for-4 on field goals in Week 3 at Tennessee. The four field goal performance was the first time in Hanson’s career he kicked four field goals in back-to-back games.

COLLEGE
Served as Texas A&M’s snapper in 2003.

  • Filled in as punter during his sophomore season with the Aggies.

PERSONAL
Don Lynn Muhlbach, Jr., is the son of Sally and Don Muhlbach of Lufkin, Texas.

  • Born Aug. 17, 1981 in Newark, Ohio.

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