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Kaeding (6-0, 187) is an nine-year kicker in his ninth year with the Chargers.
The NFL’s most-accurate kicker of all-time (.865), Nate Kaeding endured a mentally and physically-demanding season in 2011. Shortly after he sent the season’s opening kickoff airborn, Minnesota’s Percy Harvin took it back for 103 yards and a touchdown just 15 seconds into the season. Worse for Kaeding, while attempting to stop Harvin during the return, Kaeding planted his left leg and his ACL gave way, bringing a premature end to his ’11 season. After nearly a full year of rehab, Kaeding’s leg is back to 100 percent and he’s looking forward to extending his career as the NFL’s most accurate kicker. Kaeding heads into 2012 having made 76 of his last 77 regular-season field goal tries from 40 yards or closer. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 after going 32 of 35, a franchise single-season record for FG percentage (.914), and he scored a team-record 146 points. He also made a personal-best 20 in a row to close out the ’09 regular season.An avid golfer, several years ago Kaeding enlisted the services of local golf pro, Derek Uyeda, to help improve his leg swing. Uyeda attends Kaeding’s workouts, videotapes his kicks and together they analyze his form and mechanics. Kaeding also sought the help of Jan Stenerud, one of the best NFL kickers of all-time, and he’s trained at St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis, where professional trainers worked with him on maximizing his physical strengths.Kaeding is still renowned in his native Iowa. In July 2009, the Cedar Rapids Kernels minor-league baseball team invited him to a game and had him kick autographed footballs to the crowd between innings. He is also part-owner of the Short’s Burgers and Shine restaurant in Iowa City. And in college, Bob’s Your Uncle Pizza and Cafe, named a pizza after the former Hawkeye standout.Kaeding and wife, Samantha, have two sons, Jack and Wyatt. Samantha is a former school teacher. Nate earned a teaching certificate in secondary education from the University of Iowa and completed the Character Education Certification Program at the University of San Diego.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Third-round pick (65), April 24, 2004...signed three-year contract July 26, 2004 and six-year extension through 2012, Sept. 25, 2006.
2010: Scored 767th career point Sept. 26 at Seattle, third in team history...Oct. 3 vs. Arizona, first regular-season miss inside 40 yards since Dec. 3, 2006...ending stretch of 64- straight...bounced back with 48 and 47-yard field goals vs. Cardinals...injured groin prior to Oct. 17 game at St. Louis ...inactive Oct. 24 vs. New England, Oct. 31 vs. Tennessee and Nov. 7 at Houston...career-high 18 points and five field goals, including season-long 50-yarder Nov. 28 at Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday Night Football...four field goals, including 42, 45 and 47 yarders in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2.
2009: Pro Bowl...AP first-team All-Pro, PFW/PFWA All-NFL, Dallas Morning News All-NFL... Game Ball after GW PAT, his 244th consecutive, in 21-20 win at NYG Nov. 8...55-yard FG Nov. 29 vs. KC, longest at Qualcomm Stadium...Game Ball after 52-yard FG with :03 of 4Q for 27-24 win over CIN and DEN loss to OAK gives Chargers fourth-straight AFC West title...AFC Special Teams POW after 3-of-3, including 45 and 47-yarders, Jan. 3 vs. WAS...32-of-35 for season, team-record 91.4%...DNP Pro Bowl (groin).
2008: Career-high six TBs and 3-of-3 FGs Wk 2 at DEN…first-career GW Wk 4 in OAK, 47-yarder with 1:51 in 4Q…GW erased 15-0 deficit and broke 18-18 tie…late 4Q 47-yard game-tying FG Nov. 23 vs. IND… end 2Q at TB Dec. 21, team-record and career-long 57-yard FG…game-tying 26-yard FG with 0:31 in 4Q sent Jan. 5 Wild Card game vs. IND to OT, where Bolts won, 23-17.
2007: Season-long 51-yard FG Wk 4 vs. KC and first FG of 50+ at Qualcomm…season-high four TBs at DEN Oct. 7…Game Ball after 4-for-4, incl. three 40+ FGs vs. BAL Nov. 25…hit from 46 and 41 (2x) for most 40+ FGs in game and first home game with two 40+ FGs…4-of-4 in AFC Championship Game at NE when temp at KO was 23 degrees with wind gusts of 17-22 mph for nine degree wind chill factor.
2006: Pro Bowl…second-team AP All-Pro…All-AFC by PFW and PFWA…season-long 54-yarder ties team record Oct. 1 at BAL…Chargers Alumni POW after team-record 88th-straight PAT at KC Oct. 22…46 and 40 FGs in 20-17 win at SEA on 47-degree, rainy day with 18 MPH winds…nine points vs. ARI Dec. 31, raising season total to team-record 136…GW 21- yard FG at 0:00 4Q for AFC 31-28 win in Pro Bowl.
2005: FOXSports.com Very Special Teams POW and Chargers Alumni POW after GW, season-long 49-yarder Dec. 18 with 6:41 left in 4Q vs. previously-unbeaten IND.
2004: PFW and ESPN. com All-Rookie…team rookie record and led NFL rookies with 114 points...season-long 53-yarder at ATL Oct. 17…GW 43-yarder with 2:24 in 4Q at KC Nov. 28…40-yard FG with 2:06 in 4Q iced 31-24 win over TB Dec. 12…50-yarder at IND Dec. 26...seven points vs. Colts to raise season total to 108 for new rookie record.
COLLEGE: School-record consecutive FGs (22) and PATs (60), and career FGs (67) and PATs (166)…school and Big Ten record 373 career points…24 of 29 FGs of 40+…20 of 21 as senior…
All-America as junior and senior…Lou Groza Award as nation's top kicker in 2002…three-time All-Big Ten…two-time Academic All-America and All-Big Ten…five-time Big Ten ST POW…two-year team captain and three-time ST POY…Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award as senior…National Honor Society student…served on school's Leadership Council… played at Iowa from 2000-03…degrees in history and secondary education.
PERSONAL: Born in Iowa City, Iowa…all-state and all-conference kicker at West HS in Iowa City…state record for pts (93), PATs (63) and TBs (53) as senior…26-0 state champions as jr
and sr…lettered in basketball and soccer…starting PG on state championship basketball team as senior…clinched state championship in soccer as senior with GW goal in OT shootout.
The San Diego Chargers tied for the top record in the AFC West last year with an 8-8 mark. Relive each memorable win as we break down some of the greatest moments from the 2011 season. First up is the opening day victory vs. Minnesota.
Nate Kaeding injured his knee on the first kickoff of the season and did not play the rest of the year. He expects to be kicking again by the end of January.