Kickers are a different breed. A strong leg and thick skin help, but broad shoulders are a requirement. That’s because whoever wins the job for Iowa will have to occasionally carry the hopes of an entire football program. “Throughout the course of a three- or four-month season in the Big Ten, the pressure is always […]
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IOWA CITY, Ia. – Let’s play a little Iowa football trivia. Can you name the player who is No. 2 on the school’s all-time scoring list? “It just seems to be too weird of a subject for me to think about,” said senior kicker Mike Meyer, the trivia answer. “I haven’t really put thought to […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – Mike Meyer arrived at Iowa without a scholarship. He could depart as the school’s second all-time leading scorer. The senior kicker from Dubuque needs five points Saturday against Northwestern to pass Rob Houghtlin for the No. 2 spot. “Mike’s like a lot of our seniors, he’s just a tremendous young guy,” […]
IOWA CITY, Ia. – No one knows how to get into the head of a kicker like a kicker. “It’s a tricky deal,” said Nate Kaeding, the former Iowa all-American and recently retired NFL all-pro kicker. “No one can understand the ups and downs of it more than someone who has been through it. I’ve […]
For Nate Kaeding, the last Friday of July has typically meant the start of training camp. This year, the former Iowa Hawkeye football star will be winding down his first Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a perk of not having to spend July gearing up to go back to work. It’s the first […]
Nate Kaeding is retiring from the NFL at the age of 31, which is old by league standards, but not necessarily for a kicker. Many kickers have withstood the test of time and lasted well beyond their 30th birthday, and in some cases, their 40th birthday. George Blanda kicked in the NFL until he was […]
A conversation with the former Iowa kicker who retired Thursday.
A look at Nate Kaeding’s place among kickers in NFL history.
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The immediate future always seemed clear to Nate Kaeding once he became an elite kicker. His rise from a standout athlete at West High, University of Iowa and then in the NFL brought with it a lifestyle that was laid out for him on an almost hourly basis. That’s no longer the case for the […]