FINS FACT Brandon's ultimate goal is to be a chiropractor once his football career has concluded. It's not hard to understand considering the long line of chiropractors in his family. It consists of his father, David, his brother, two uncles and five cousins. "It was the only lifestyle I knew growing up," Brandon says. In addition his wife, Katie, who he married during the 2008 offseason, is currently pursuing her degree in chiropractic medicine at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Fla.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS Was the second of three seventh-round draft choices of the Dolphins in 2007 (225th overall), with a pick obtained from St. Louis as compensation for signing P Donnie Jones as a restricted free agent.
PRO CAREER AT A GLANCE Earned punting job in training camp battle as a rookie and kept the spot for the entire season. Brandon became the first punter to be drafted by the Dolphins since 1999 (Brent Bartholomew, D6) and the first rookie to handle the punting duties on a full-time basis since 1983.
PRO 2008 - Made his playoff debut in AFC Wild Card playoff contest on Jan. 4, 2009 vs. Baltimore Ravens had had three punts for 132 yards, an average of 44.0 yards per punt, with one punt inside the twenty-yard line ... For the season has 74 punts for 3249 yards, an average of 43.9 yards per punt with 24 kicks inside the 20-yard line ... Over a six game stretch (Games 9-14) he had nine punts inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks ... On Dec. 14th vs. San Francisco three of his five punts landed inside the 20-yard line with touchbacks ... On Nov. 2nd at Denver had five punts for 229 yards, an average of 45.8 yards per punt, with two punts inside the 20-yard line ... One of his punts in that contest was for 71 yards, at the time the longest punt of his career ... It also was tied for the sixth longest punt in Dolphin history and the longest since Matt Turk had a 77-yard punt on Nov. 25, 2001 at Buffalo ... On Oct. 19th vs. Baltimore had three punts for 163 yards, an average of 54.3 yards per punt ... On Oct. 5th vs. San Diego had four punts for 187 yards, an average of 46.8 yards per punt ... On Sept. 21st at New England had four punts for 189 yards, an average of 47.3 yards per kick, with two punts inside the 20-yard line ... For the preseason had 21 punts for 927 yards, an average of 44.1 yards per kick with nine punts inside the 20-yard line.
2007 - Played in all 16 games ... Hit 77 punts for a 43.2-yard average with a long of 61, 10 inside the 20, six touchbacks and a net of 36.6 ... Of his 77 punts, 21 went 50 yards or longer ... Also served as the holder on placements ... Became the first rookie to punt in a game for the Dolphins since Brent Bartholomew appeared in the first two games of 1999 ... Was the first Dolphins rookie to handle the punting chores on a full-time basis since Reggie Roby in 1983 ... Fields' gross average ranked seventh in the AFC and led the four rookie punters in the NFL in 2007 ... Had two games with a gross average of 50.0+ yards; vs. Buffalo (11/11) when he put together a 51.2-yard mark on five punts, and vs. N.Y. Jets (12/2) when he had a 51.0-yard mark on three punts ... Season-long punt of 61 yards came in the Jets game ... Had a net average of 40.0 or better four times, including a high of 45.8 vs. New England (10/21) ... Had a season-high 10 punts at New England (12/23) when he put together a gross average of 44.6 and a net of 39.1 ... In fact, over the final five games of the year, claimed a net average of 38.6, more than three yards better than his 35.3 mark over the first 11 contests.
COLLEGE Was a four-year letterman at Michigan State (2003-06) ... Averaged 45.0 yards per punt in his career ... Totaled 57 punts inside the 20, 24 touchbacks and a long of 79 ... Put together a 43.3-yard average on 57 punts, with 16 inside the 20, six touchbacks and a long of 73 as a senior ... Handled the kickoff duties for the first four games of his junior season, when he earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors for the third year in a row ... Amassed his highest average as a sophomore in 2004 when he punted 50 times for a 47.9-yard norm, a figure which led the NCAA that year ... Was a first All-America selection from several media outlets, including the Associated Press ... Also was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top punter ... Was a first-team Freshman All-America pick by The Sporting News in 2003 when he averaged 46.4 yards on 62 punts with a career-high 17 punts inside the 20 and career-long 79 yard punt ... Average led the Big Ten and ranked second nationally ... Earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week honors on three occasions ... Earned degree in kinesiology in May of 2006 and began work on his master's degree during his senior season.
PERSONAL Married (Katie) ... Attended St. John's High School in Toledo, Ohio ... Was a first-team all-state pick as a punter his senior year while also handling the kickoff duties ... Lettered in basketball as well ... Son of Dr. David and Connie Fields ... Father played basketball at Northwestern University ... Growing up, was a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and Clyde Drexler ... Lists "300" as favorite movie, "The Shield" as favorite television show, "Gates of Fire" as favorite book and Sevendust as favorite musical group ... Has taken part in the club's annual turkey giveaway as well as the "Lift Up America Food Giveaway" event ... Full name is Brandon David Fields, born May 21, 1984 in Southfield, Mich.