Although initial concerns were that Kluwe had a broken ankle, tests showed Kluwe had a sprained ankle.What the tests did also show was that earlier in the game when the ball was snapped over Kluwe's head and he had to make a running and jumping rugby style kick to avoid being blocked, he tore his right ACL when he landed after the kick.During the 2006 off-season Kluwe had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair the ACL.The operation was successful and Kluwe returned to the Vikings in full health for the 2006 season.; born December 24, 1981) is a former American football punter and writer.Kluwe played at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California, where he was a 1999 USA Today High School All-American, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college football for the UCLA Bruins.Prior to his senior year, he won the punting competition at the National Kicking Invitational with a 63-yard punt that had 4.98 seconds of hang time.Kluwe also played one year of baseball as a pitcher.
Louis Rams that either team might draft him in the late rounds.He kicked an Orange County and CIF Playoff record 60-yard field goal vs.Loyola to force overtime in an eventual 30–23 victory.Averaging 46.6 yards as a punter, he had 10 punts of at least 60 yards and placed six kicks inside the 10-yard line.
As a placekicker, he made 16 of 22 field goal attempts and 39 of 41 PATs.
Kluwe became one of the most surprising pickups for the Vikings, finishing his first season with an average of 44.1 yards per punt, ranking second in the NFC and sixth in the league. Kluwe was also named NFC special teams player of the month for September 2005 – a first for any Vikings special teams rookie.