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How Nate Kaeding ranks in NFL history

[ 0 ] May 2, 2013 |
Nate Kaeding made just 1-of-3 field goals last year, one of which was blocked. It cost him the title of most accurate kicker in NFL history. (Getty Images)

Nate Kaeding made just 1-of-3 field goals last year, one of which was blocked. It cost him the title of most accurate kicker in NFL history. (Getty Images)

Former Iowa kicker Nate Kaeding retired Thursday as one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history.

Kaeding spent more than eight seasons with San Diego before being released last season and signing with Miami. He then signed on with Tampa Bay for 2013 before suffering an injury that forced him to call it quits.

The Iowa City West alumnus was the most accurate kicker to attempt more than 70 attempts before making just 1-of-3 last season. His 86.190-percent career mark now sits in second place,  just .276 percent behind Mike Vanderjagt.

A look at the top five most accurate kickers in NFL history to attempt 70 field goals or more:

1. Mike Vanderjagt (1998-2006): 86.466 percent (230-266)

The native of Oakville, Ontario, Candada spent eight seasons with Indianapolis and one in Dallas. He attended West Virginia before finding a home in the CFL for two seasons. He then played for two Arena League teams, spent another two years in the CFL, and got a job with the Colts. The outspoken Vanderjagt, who former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called “our idiot kicker” in 2003 for questioning his passion, was not re-signed by Indianapolis before its 2006 Super Bowl run. He’s perhaps most well known for missing a 46-yard, potential game-tying kick with 18 seconds left against Pittsburgh in the 2005 playoffs.

2. Nate Kaeding (2004-2012): 86.190 percent (181-210)

The Iowa City native is the all-time leading scorer in Hawkeyes history. He was the second rookie to attempt a game-winning kick in the playoffs, but missed a 40-yarder in a wild-card game against the New York Jets. He also missed a potential game-tying field goal a year later in a playoff game against New England. Overall, he went just 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) on field goals in the playoffs. He was drafted by San Diego in the third round of the 2004 draft.

3. Rob Bironas (2005-2012): 85.600 percent (214-250)

Bironas spent eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans. The Louisville, Ky., native who attended Georgia Southern went undrafted in 2001. He spent a few years in the Arena League before he earned a spot in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Bironas made 21-of-27 field goals of more than 50 yards.

4. Robbie Gould (2005-present): 85.597 percent (208-243)

The Mill Hall, Pa., native and former Penn State kicker has spent eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. He went undrafted in 2005. His most memorable kick thus far was a 49-yard game-winner against Seattle in the 2005 playoffs to advance the Bears to their first NFC title game since 1988.

5. Shayne Graham (2001-present): 85.366 percent (245-287)

The Dublin, Va., native and former Virginia Tech kicker has bounced around the NFL, playing for eight NFL teams — Buffalo (2001), Carolina (2002), Cincinnati (2003-09), New England (2010), New York Giants (2010), Miami (2011), Baltimore (2011) and Houston (2012). He now is a member of the Cleveland Browns.

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Active leaders with less than 70 attempts

1. Dan Bailey (2011-present): 89.706 percent (61-for-68)

Bailey ranks as the most accurate NFL kicker ever through two seasons. The former Oklahoma State kicker has spent two seasons in Dallas.

2. Alex Henery (2011-present): 87.931 percent (51-for-58)

The former Nebraska kicker has spent two seasons in Philadelphia after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He ranks as the No. 2 most accurate kicker in history through his two seasons.

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More Kaeding statistics

Kaeding converted 10-of-17 from 50 yards or more; 49-of-66 from 40-49 yards; 48-of-51 from 30-39 yards; 69-of-71 from 20-29 yards; 5-for-5 from 19 yards or less.

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