Name: Louie Aguiar
How Acquired: Free Agent
College: Utah State University
Birth Date: June 30, 1966
Birth Place: Livermore, CA
Employer: Owner/Operator Aguiar Kicking Academy.
“Aguiar” and “kicking” were synonymous terms long before an NFL career was ever realized. Louie and his three older brothers grew up playing soccer and baseball in Livermore, CA with dad, Don, coaching man of his boys’ teams. He learned sportsmanship, sacrifice and hard work at a very early age.
It wasn’t until he was freshman in high school that he even ventured into football. With a strong, accurate arm from pitching a baseball, Louie was a shoe-in for the QB position and took on the secondary punting job, where he also excelled.
After high school, Louie continued his three chosen sports, football, baseball & wrestling, at Chabot Jr. College where he was later inducted into Chabot Sports Hall of Fame. In 1987, Louie was called upon by Utah State to handle their punting and kick off duties. Louie’s leg won him a 3rd team (honorable mention) punter in 1988.
In 1989 and 1990 he tried out for and was released by the Buffalo Bills and New York. He eventually found his way to The World League of American Football (now known as the NFL Europe) in 1991. Louie was the first ever punter to be taken in the draft’s first round and went on to compete in the World Bowl under coach Jack Bicknell. That year he won honors as 2nd team punter for the Barcelona Dragons.
Louie’s NFL career finally got off the ground in 1991 with the New York Jets. Louie’s solid stats kept him there until 1994 when the Kansas City Chiefs called. Louie’s status as one of the NFL’s most talented punters was solidified during his service with the Chiefs. Highly recognized as one of the leagues’ best, Louie was named 2nd Team All-League Punter by the Associated Press in 1995. Louie’s life hit highs and lows in Kansas City as he battled testicular cancer in 1998 and celebrated the birth of son Cody later that same year. As a result of his struggle, Louie founded the High 5 foundation to support others in the Hispanic Community and those battling cancer. Sadly, Louie left Kansas City in 1999 for the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. In 2000, Louie played his final season in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
Louie continues to hold the longest punt records at both Utah State (85 yards) and NFL Europe (80 yards). He ran 585 punts without a block which still ranks him 5th all time in he NFL. With only 1 blocked punt in his entire career, and a knack for dropping the ball on a dime, Louie will surely be remembered for his achievements.
Since retirement, Louie has relocated to Columbia, IL where he and wife Teri reside with their two children. Louie runs kicking and punting camps for high school to pro athletes through the spring and summer in addition to conducting private lessons throughout the year. Every fall, Louie gives locals a thrill when he steps out on the field to coach with nearby Waterloo Bulldogs High School football team.
In his spare time, Louie enjoys playing golf, water skiing, following NASCAR and hunting. For more information about Louie, log onto his website at www.aguiarkicking.com.