Johnny Hekker

Bothell High School Class of 2008

Record Holding Professional NFL Starting Punter, Benevolent, Expansive Philanthropist & Volunteer


Johnny Hekker has made a name for himself on and off the football field. After graduating from Bothell High, Hekker played football at Oregon State University and was special teams Sun Bowl MVP. Joining the St. Louis Rams in 2012, he was the punter for 10 years. Hekker is currently the punter for the Carolina Panthers. He has amassed four Pro Bowl appearances with the Rams, holds two NFL records, was team captain for multiple years and played in two Super Bowls. On the field he uses his platform to promote awareness of several causes, including his annual punting fundraiser fan challenge. The NFL recognized his community service efforts by naming him a finalist in the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He was named Week 14 NFLPA Community MVP in 2017 for organizing efforts to help victims of the Los Angeles wildfires and in 2022 for hosting two days of special events for 60 kids in the Charlotte area. Off the field, Hekker has been extremely involved with the causes he loves in the communities in his NFL career stops. He has participated in a variety of charitable efforts, including his passion for helping people with special needs. Hekker has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics since before his time at Bothell High and still participates in dozens of events nationally. He has continued to show support for Bothell High and its football program with yearly donations and as a volunteer coach during the school's four game COVID season in 2020. His compassion and integrity have fueled his desire to use his unique platform to help others. Hekker is constantly giving back through his charitable efforts and paying it forward.