Matthew “Matt” Dean Dodge (born May 30, 1987) is a former American football punter retro jerseys soccer. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Dodge was born in Morehead City, North Carolina, where he played at West Carteret High School before attending Appalachian State University. He later transferred to East Carolina University.
Dodge was projected to be drafted in the seventh round or signed as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2010 NFL Draft.
Dodge was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft to replace long-time Giants punter Jeff Feagles takeya classic glass water bottle, who had just retired. Dodge officially beat out Jy Bond for the punting job on June 21 when Bond was waived from the team. Dodge was signed to a four-year contract on June 23.
Dodge’s first professional punt was blocked in a Monday night preseason game against the New York Jets. During a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 19, 2010, Dodge had a 36-yard punt that was returned by DeSean Jackson for a touchdown as time expired, giving the Eagles a 38−31 win in a game later called the “Miracle at the New Meadowlands”. Shortly after the winning touchdown, Dodge was strongly criticized by his head coach, Tom Coughlin, for failing to punt the ball out-of-bounds.
On September 3, 2011, Dodge was released from the Giants. The team had signed former New York Jet Steve Weatherford to compete with Dodge for the punting position and Dodge failed to win the job.