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Former all-SEC punter Tim Masthay really did live in a closet for a year at Kentucky

Tim Masthay with former UK coach Rich Brooks and former UK assistant Steve Ortmayer. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Former Kentucky all-SEC punter Tim Masthay had a successful six-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers where he was on a Super Bowl winner. He averaged 44.2 yards per punt in his six seasons.

He came back to Lexington a little over a year ago with his wife, Amanda, and three children.

He was a four-sport standout at Murray High School and has had a passion for soccer his whole life. He’s also had a passion for being frugal.

During a 45-minute conversation with him recently, I asked him to remind me about how he ended up living in a closet his sophomore year at UK. That question arose after the told me he was “locked in a closet in case chaos came up with his kids” during our phone conversation.

“I really did basically live in a closet for a year,” Masthay laughed and said. “I had a friend on campus and I was over at his house. He knew I was looking for a place to live. He said, ‘We have this utility closet. I will charge you $100 per month to live here.’”

Masthay accepted the offer that helped him save money out of his football scholarship check. By the time he graduated, he had saved more than enough money to buy an engagement ring for his wife, Amanda, and they were married before his NFL career took off.

“It’s just one of those great memories you have from college, but it really did let me save money to buy an engagement ring so that made it all worthwhile,” Masthay said.

Masthay also was just one of four UK players to twice earn all-SEC academic honors before his graduation in 2009.

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