Who is Lou Hedley? Meet the Saints’ 30-year-old Australian punter in his first NFL season


Lou Hedley is nothing like the usual NFL rookie. But that’s because he is far from the typical football player.  

The Saints newest punter stands out on a football sideline. The tall Australian sports a mullet and a mustache and is tattooed all over, from full sleeves on the arms all the way up to his neck.

Hedley’s path to the NFL was atypical. He worked construction in his home country of Australia before opening a tattoo shop in Indonesia. He then decided to pursue his football dreams, eventually coming over to the United States and playing at the University of Miami. 

Now, he’s booting footballs deep into opponent’s territories for a living. 

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Hedley made his NFL debut in the Saints’ 16-15 win over the Titans in Week 1, and it was understandable how the talented Australian was able to secure a football job. He made five punts during the game, averaging 48.2 yards and putting one inside the 20-yard line. 

Here’s how Hedley got into football and landed the punting job in New Orleans:

Where is Lou Hedley from?

Hedley hails from Australia, one of a select few players to come from down under to the United States to play football. 

The punter was born and raised in a town called Leeman, located on the coast of western Australia. He began in Australian rules football, which is a sport closer to rugby than American football, before eventually contacting Prokick Australia, an organization that helps put Australian kickers into college in the United States. 

Hedley left a construction job in Australia to come over to the United States and pursue a career in football. After a year at City College of San Francisco to get his grades in order, the Aussie transferred to the University of Miami, where he spent four years with the Hurricanes.  

How old is Lou Hedley?

Hedley is 30 years old. He was born on June 27, 1993. 

Did Lou Hedley get drafted?

Despite his age, Hedley was eligible to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft after spending four years at the University of Miami. However, he was not picked during the draft process.

He signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent and in late August, he officially made their first 53-man roster. 

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