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NY Jets punters Braden Mann and Thomas Morstead go way back

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Braden Mann
NY Jets, Braden Mann / Benjamin Solomon/GettyImages
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A 12-year age gap separates Jets punter Braden Mann from Thomas Morstead, but the two have rekindled their on-field relationship in the most heartwarming way.

When Mann was in seventh grade, he attended a football camp where Morstead worked as a coach. Morstead was playing for the New Orleans Saints at the time and was widely regarded as one of the best punters in the NFL.

Thankfully, a "then" and "now" photo exists of the two of them in very different stages of their careers:

Oh, how beautiful the football circle of life can be.

New York signed Morstead after Mann injured his knee in Week 1 and was placed on injured reserve.

NY Jets punters Braden Mann and Thomas Morstead share unexpected history

Mann could be activated for the Jets' Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts, but Morstead has filled in well so far this season.

The 12-year league veteran is averaging 47.7 yards per punt on 19 attempts this season, which ranks 10th in the league. In the Jets' recent loss to the New England Patriots, Morstead punted twice, averaging 50 yards per punt and winning good field position.

Morstead, who was named to one Pro Bowl during his tenure with the Saints, has expressed nothing but humility and appreciation in his Twitter post about the "young buck." Mann will likely take over punting duties once he returns, and Morstead radiates with proud-dad energy.

Mann's NFL career is just starting in New York, and he's lucky to have Morstead as a veteran mentor — for now.

Once Mann returns to the lineup, the Jets could retain Morstead on the practice squad for added depth. If Morstead ends up moving to another punter-needy team, though, he'll no doubt still cherish this brief reunion with Mann.

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No matter where each punter ends up in the future, they'll always have football camp.

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