After a nice summer vacation, Chris Mohr is back on the job. Mohr, who has been playing in the NFL since 1986, was released after four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in March. Monday, he signed on with the Washington Redskins.
"It's been nice. We've enjoyed it," said Mohr's wife, Kim. "We've had a couple of vacations this summer, where as normally he would've been at camp, so it's been nice."
Mohr, a Thomson resident, said he had been "hanging around the house a pretty good while without anything going on" and had been helping coach his two oldest sons' football teams at Briarwood Academy.
Last week, Mohr said he received a call from Redskins Special Teams Coach Daniel Smith asking if he was still active in punting. Then, Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs called and told Mohr that the team had a need for a punter because Tom Tupa was sidelined with a back injury.
"Coach Gibbs said...he didn't know if (Tupa) was going to go on injured reserve, or rehab, or whatever. So, he wants a veteran in here that's a good holder. And that he doesn't have to worry about as far as holding and stuff like that, field goals, end punts. So he called me, and I'm here," Mohr told The McDuffie Mirror Monday night from Washington.
Mohr played for Briarwood Academy, the University of Alabama, then two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10 with the Buffalo Bills and four with the Atlanta Falcons. He has appeared in 239 games, and recorded 1,152 punts for a 40.4 total yard average, with 281 being inside the 20.
In addition to his punting experience, Mohr can serve as holder for field goal attempts. He played four years with Redskins long-snapper Ethan Albright in Buffalo.
"I had practice yesterday, today, and I've got a game Thursday night, so I'm back into it," Mohr said. "(Washington has) pretty much the same standard as all football teams. I hope to be with them for a while, I hope it works out. I hope to have a good year, to maintain a 36 net average or better like I did every year in Atlanta. I'd like to keep that up."
Mrs. Mohr said it was nice to have her husband around the house this summer to help with their four sons, Garrett (12), Harrison (9), Quinn (5), and Chapman (4). "I feel like I've done it this long, I can do it a couple of more years. It's kind of hard with him being gone and us being here, but it's only four months I guess. Depending on if they go to the playoffs, which I hope they will," she said.