“When we were evaluating Andy, we noticed how his leg is incredible fast,” Rodgers said. “It was then and still is now. There was a lot of distance going on with his punts. He came into the league with great hands and was a great holder from day one.
“As a young guy, he worked through some things, though he was still good, and hit his stride going into Year 3. The consistency he’s punted with all throughout his career is something all specialists strive to have.”
Since joining the Cardinals in 2017, Lee’s 47.6 punting average ranks No.1 in the league and represents the highest career total in team history.
His longevity — he was college teammates at Pitt with Larry Fitzgerald before coming out in the draft together — is partly obvious, since his position doesn’t require him to get touched often.
But Lee has also tried to save his body through his diet, one filled with lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. A good diet most of the time, something Lee acknowledged with a smile.
“I’m not getting rid of Doritos,” Lee said. “I love them. I also eat a ton of ketchup, which is a lot of sugar. But with Doritos, I eat a bag once a day.”
Through all the good Lee has experienced in his Cardinals tenure, he said their 2021 playoff appearance — his first with the team — is the most gratifying moment.
“It had been a while since I was in the postseason before that happened,” Lee said. “I thought it was a glimmer of hope of getting to the Super Bowl because when you make the playoffs, all you have to do is win, and you’re in the Super Bowl. Hopefully, we can build on that and make a run this year.”
Lee has never been a birthday person because it’s always occurred during camp, dating back to turning 18 as a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. So the day has morphed into nothing special.
But the veteran understands the magnitude of the upcoming one and how it will impact the finishing touches of his NFL career.
“It means I’m officially old,” Lee said with a laugh. “But I think it means a lot to show my kids what you can achieve if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do.”