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Nick Novak
K #9
Height:
6-0
Weight:
198
Age:
32
College:
Maryland
Hometown:
Charlottesville, Va.
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2013):

FGA
37
FGM
34
PCT
91.9
LNG
50
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesOverall FGsOverall FgsPATKickoffs
GGSBlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
TOTAL 4 53 121 98 81 149 148 99.3 1 329 64 71 250 23.2
2013 SD 16 0 2 50 37 34 91.9 42 42 100 0 92 66.6 18 73 24.6
2012 SD 13 0 0 51 20 18 90 33 33 100 0 62 64.9 22 37 22.5
2011 SD 15 0 0 53 34 27 79.4 42 41 97.6 1 86 65.5 30 54 24.5
2008 KC 6 0 0 43 10 6 60 7 7 100 0 20 63.3 0 20 22
2006 WAS 6 0 0 47 10 5 50 10 10 100 0 20 60.1 0 20 20.6
2005 ARI 5 0 0 35 3 3 100 0 0 -- 0 24 57.5 1 23 24
2005 WAS 5 0 2 40 7 5 71.4 15 15 100 0 25 56.8 0 23 19
Recent Games
WKOppResultOverall FGsPATKickoffs
BlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
1 HOU L 28-31 0 0 0 0 -- 4 4 100 0 5 69 1 4 --
2 @PHI W 33-30 0 49 4 4 100 3 3 100 0 8 63.5 0 8 --
3 @TEN L 17-20 1 44 2 1 50 2 2 100 0 4 71 0 4 --
4 DAL W 30-21 0 42 3 3 100 3 3 100 0 6 70.2 3 3 --
5 @OAK L 17-27 1 35 2 1 50 2 2 100 0 4 67 0 4 --
6 IND W 19-9 0 50 4 4 100 1 1 100 0 6 66.7 1 5 --
7 @JAC W 24-6 0 20 1 1 100 3 3 100 0 5 67.4 3 2 --
9 @WAS L 24-30 0 19 1 1 100 3 3 100 0 6 64.5 1 5 --
10 DEN L 20-28 0 40 3 2 66.7 2 2 100 0 5 71 1 4 --
11 @MIA L 16-20 0 50 3 3 100 1 1 100 0 5 68.2 3 2 --
12 @KC W 41-38 0 30 2 2 100 5 5 100 0 8 61.4 0 8 --
13 CIN L 10-17 0 48 1 1 100 1 1 100 0 3 69.3 0 3 --
14 NYG W 37-14 0 43 3 3 100 4 4 100 0 8 62.5 1 7 --
15 @DEN W 27-20 0 38 2 2 100 3 3 100 0 6 65.3 1 4 --
16 OAK W 26-13 0 48 4 4 100 2 2 100 0 7 68.7 1 6 --
17 KC W 27-24 0 36 2 2 100 3 3 100 0 6 68.3 2 4 --

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Bio

The trials and tribulations of Nick Novak’s NFL career are the kind that would discourage most, but the San Diego native has an intense desire to succeed and he’s become a shining star for the Chargers. His dedication and perseverance were rewarded this March when the Chargers signed the hometown kid to a new four-year contract that will keep him in San Diego through 2016.      

Novak originally linked up with the Chargers in 2010. It was a chance for a fresh start. In 2009, with no opportunities to kick for a team and the country mired in a financial crisis, Novak spent the year at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, cold-calling alumni looking for donations. Though he ended up losing a close training camp competition to Nate Kaeding, the NFL’s most-accurate kicker of all-time, his stint with the Chargers put him back on football’s radar screen. The Chargers had been the sixth team Novak had spent time with after brief stints in Chicago, Dallas, Washington, Arizona and Kansas City. After the Chargers let him go, Novak caught on with the Florida Tuskers of the fledgling UFL. It was a positive career move. He hit 15 of 18 field goals for the Tuskers and was named the league’s Special Teams MVP. Later that same season, the Chargers actually attempted to re-sign Novak after Kaeding suffered a groin injury, but the UFL’s rules and stipulations prevented the Bolts from doing so. In 2011, a seventh team—the New York Jets—signed him, but again he lost a close competition, this time to veteran Nick Folk.        

Disappointed, Novak returned to San Diego to live and train. He happened to be having lunch with former NFL kicker Michael Husted the day of the Chargers’ 2011 season opener against Minnesota when Kaeding injured his knee on the game’s opening kickoff. Just days later, Novak got the call he long waited for. The Chargers called and wanted to sign him as the team’s replacement for Kaeding.               

Novak went on to enjoy a storybook season for the Chargers. A career 63.3-percent field goal kicker prior to 2011, he made his first 12 field goals for the Bolts, including two in a three-point win over Kansas City, four in a 10-point win over Miami and five in a five-point win at Denver that included a then career-long 51-yarder and a clutch 35 yarder with just 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Novak finished the season making 27 of 34, while setting team records for field goals of 40 (12) and 50 (4) yards or longer.          

The 2012 season was a virtual instant replay for Novak. Healthy, Kaeding returned to the roster and edged out Novak in another close training camp battle. It was so close in fact that some thought Novak might have won the job after hitting a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired in the team’s third preseason game at Minnesota.        

Again Novak was disappointed at his release, but he continued to train. Then just two days before the Chargers’ fourth game of the 2012 season, Kaeding injured his groin in practice and within a couple hours, Novak had returned to Chargers Park, signed a contract and boarded a plane to fly with the team to Kansas City. Two days later inside Arrowhead Stadium, Novak went 3-for-3 on field goal tries, hitting from 24, 47 and 45 yards, and he helped the Bolts to a 37-20 win and a 3-1 start to the season.        

Within weeks of Novak’s re-joining the team, the Chargers released Kaeding and officially handed him the job. He responded by going 18-of-20 for the season, including a perfect 18-18 from inside 50 yards. His 90-percent conversion rate was the third-highest for a season in team history. Novak also helped the Chargers rank among the league leaders in drive starts following kickoffs. Opponents began their drives at the 20.4-yard line, third best in the NFL, as 22 of his 62 kickoffs went for touchbacks.    

Novak is one of the team’s most active community participants. He regularly visits area schools to speak on important topics, including bullying. He’s hosted free kicking clinics. In 2011, he lent his name and his right leg to the American Cancer Society in honor of a family friend, Annie Arth, who died of ovarian and breast cancer in 2005, Novak helped raise more than $7,500 for ACS, contributing $100 for every made field goal, a total that was matched by both the Chargers and his agent. Last season, Novak steered his financial contributions toward the Chloe Nichols Foundation, which provides college scholarships for students involved in creative arts, while also bringing attention to the serious medical warnings and possible side effects of prescription drugs.         

Novak was born in San Diego, which makes his story even more fascinating. He lived here until he was 13, when his parents relocated to work at the University of Virginia. One of Novak’s close friends growing up was Kellen Winslow, Jr., son of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame tight end by the same name. The two share the same godmother.           

Novak went to the University of Maryland after a stellar high school football and soccer career in Virginia. He was a scholar-athlete for the Terrapins and twice beat Philip Rivers and North Carolina State with late fourth-quarter kicks.     

In 2011, Novak participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School.                

Novak’s mom, Julie, a nurse at the Health Science Center at the University of Texas-San Antonio, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. His dad, Bob, also works in healthcare as an audiologist, working with wounded veterans.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chicago, April 29, 2005 ...waived Aug. 29...claimed by Dallas, Aug. 30 and waived Sept. 3 ...signed with Washington, Sept. 13 and waived Nov. 5... signed with Arizona, Dec. 2...re-signed with Cardinals, April 4, 2006... waived Aug. 28...signed with Washington, Oct. 11...waived Dec. 4...re-signed with Chicago, Feb. 9, 2007...waived Aug. 27...signed with Kansas City, Jan. 11, 2008...waived Oct. 21...signed with Chargers, April 29, 2010...waived Sept. 4...signed with New York Jets, Feb. 9, 2011...waived Aug. 30... signed with Chargers, Sept. 13...released Aug. 27, 2012...re-signed Sept. 29... signed new four-year contract with Chargers, March 12, 2013.

2012: Hit from 24, 47 and 45 in season debut during 37-20 win Sept. 30 at Kansas City...32nd career field goal Oct. 15 vs. Denver to move into tie with Ray Wersching for seventh on team’s career field goals list...two field goals, including 51-yarder, to move into tie with Steve Christie (42) for sixth on team’s all-time list Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh...51-yard effort was only sixth of 50 yards or longer in history of Heinz Field...second 51-yarder of season in 27-17 win Dec. 23 at N.Y. Jets. 2011: Career-high five field goals, including 51-yarder, in 29-24 win at Denver Oct. 9...touchbacks on seven of eight kickoffs vs. Broncos...52-yarder Nov. 6 vs. Green Bay...career-long 53-yarder Nov. 27 vs. Denver...45-yard field goal Dec. 18 on NBC Sunday Night Football vs. Baltimore was team-record 11th make from 40 yards or longer...51-yard field goal Jan. 1 at Oakland was team-record fifth of season from 50+ yards. 2008: Season-high four field goals Sept. 28 vs. Denver. 2006: Season-long 47-yarder Nov. 5 vs. Dallas. 2005: Game-winning 39-yard field goal for Washington vs. Seattle Oct. 2.

COLLEGE: Jim Tatum Award as top ACC senior student-athlete...honorable mention All-ACC in 2004...ACC all-time leader and fifth in NCAA (393 career points) at graduation...first-team All-ACC in ’03 and ’02...school-record 125 points as soph...finished career 80 of 107 on FGs and 153 of 159 on PATs...redshirted in 2000...played at Maryland from 2001-04...degree in kinesiology.

PERSONAL: Born in San Diego...two-time all-state kicker at Albemarle High in Charlottesville, Va....won soccer prep state championship on  teams with twin brother, Chris.

The trials and tribulations of Nick Novak’s NFL career are the kind that would discourage most, but the San Diego native has an intense desire to succeed and he’s become a shining star for the Chargers. His dedication and perseverance were rewarded this March when the Chargers signed the hometown kid to a new four-year contract that will keep him in San Diego through 2016.

Novak originally linked up with the Chargers in 2010. It was a chance for a fresh start. In 2009, with no opportunities to kick for a team and the country mired in a financial crisis, Novak spent the year at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, cold-calling alumni looking for donations. Though he ended up losing a close training camp competition to Nate Kaeding, the NFL’s most-accurate kicker of all-time, his stint with the Chargers put him back on football’s radar screen. The Chargers had been the sixth team Novak had spent time with after brief stints in Chicago, Dallas, Washington, Arizona and Kansas City. After the Chargers let him go, Novak caught on with the Florida Tuskers of the fledgling UFL. It was a positive career move. He hit 15 of 18 field goals for the Tuskers and was named the league’s Special Teams MVP. Later that same season, the Chargers actually attempted to re-sign Novak after Kaeding suffered a groin injury, but the UFL’s rules and stipulations prevented the Bolts from doing so. In 2011, a seventh team—the New York Jets—signed him, but again he lost a close competition, this time to veteran Nick Folk.

Disappointed, Novak returned to San Diego to live and train. He happened to be having lunch with former NFL kicker Michael Husted the day of the Chargers’ 2011 season opener against Minnesota when Kaeding injured his knee on the game’s opening kickoff. Just days later, Novak got the call he long waited for. The Chargers called and wanted to sign him as the team’s replacement for Kaeding.

Novak went on to enjoy a storybook season for the Chargers. A career 63.3-percent field goal kicker prior to 2011, he made his first 12 field goals for the Bolts, including two in a three-point win over Kansas City, four in a 10-point win over Miami and five in a five-point win at Denver that included a then career-long 51-yarder and a clutch 35 yarder with just 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Novak finished the season making 27 of 34, while setting team records for field goals of 40 (12) and 50 (4) yards or longer.

The 2012 season was a virtual instant replay for Novak. Healthy, Kaeding returned to the roster and edged out Novak in another close training camp battle. It was so close in fact that some thought Novak might have won the job after hitting a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired in the team’s third preseason game at Minnesota.

Again Novak was disappointed at his release, but he continued to train. Then just two days before the Chargers’ fourth game of the 2012 season, Kaeding injured his groin in practice and within a couple hours, Novak had returned to Chargers Park, signed a contract and boarded a plane to fly with the team to Kansas City. Two days later inside Arrowhead Stadium, Novak went 3-for-3 on field goal tries, hitting from 24, 47 and 45 yards, and he helped the Bolts to a 37-20 win and a 3-1 start to the season.

Within weeks of Novak’s re-joining the team, the Chargers released Kaeding and officially handed him the job. He responded by going 18-of-20 for the season, including a perfect 18-18 from inside 50 yards. His 90-percent conversion rate was the third-highest for a season in team history. Novak also helped the Chargers rank among the league leaders in drive starts following kickoffs. Opponents began their drives at the 20.4-yard line, third best in the NFL, as 22 of his 62 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Novak is one of the team’s most active community participants. He regularly visits area schools to speak on important topics, including bullying. He’s hosted free kicking clinics. In 2011, he lent his name and his right leg to the American Cancer Society in honor of a family friend, Annie Arth, who died of ovarian and breast cancer in 2005, Novak helped raise more than $7,500 for ACS, contributing $100 for every made field goal, a total that was matched by both the Chargers and his agent. Last season, Novak steered his financial contributions toward the Chloe Nichols Foundation, which provides college scholarships for students involved in creative arts, while also bringing attention to the serious medical warnings and possible side effects of prescription drugs.

Novak was born in San Diego, which makes his story even more fascinating. He lived here until he was 13, when his parents relocated to work at the University of Virginia. One of Novak’s close friends growing up was Kellen Winslow, Jr., son of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame tight end by the same name. The two share the same godmother.

Novak went to the University of Maryland after a stellar high school football and soccer career in Virginia. He was a scholar-athlete for the Terrapins and twice beat Philip Rivers and North Carolina State with late fourth-quarter kicks.

In 2011, Novak participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School.

Novak’s mom, Julie, a nurse at the Health Science Center at the University of Texas-San Antonio, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. His dad, Bob, also works in healthcare as an audiologist, working with wounded veterans.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chicago, April 29, 2005 ...waived Aug. 29...claimed by Dallas, Aug. 30 and waived Sept. 3 ...signed with Washington, Sept. 13 and waived Nov. 5... signed with Arizona, Dec. 2...re-signed with Cardinals, April 4, 2006... waived Aug. 28...signed with Washington, Oct. 11...waived Dec. 4...re-signed with Chicago, Feb. 9, 2007...waived Aug. 27...signed with Kansas City, Jan. 11, 2008...waived Oct. 21...signed with Chargers, April 29, 2010...waived Sept. 4...signed with New York Jets, Feb. 9, 2011...waived Aug. 30... signed with Chargers, Sept. 13...released Aug. 27, 2012...re-signed Sept. 29... signed new four-year contract with Chargers, March 12, 2013.

2012: Hit from 24, 47 and 45 in season debut during 37-20 win Sept. 30 at Kansas City...32nd career field goal Oct. 15 vs. Denver to move into tie with Ray Wersching for seventh on team’s career field goals list...two field goals, including 51-yarder, to move into tie with Steve Christie (42) for sixth on team’s all-time list Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh...51-yard effort was only sixth of 50 yards or longer in history of Heinz Field...second 51-yarder of season in 27-17 win Dec. 23 at N.Y. Jets. 2011: Career-high five field goals, including 51-yarder, in 29-24 win at Denver Oct. 9...touchbacks on seven of eight kickoffs vs. Broncos...52-yarder Nov. 6 vs. Green Bay...career-long 53-yarder Nov. 27 vs. Denver...45-yard field goal Dec. 18 on NBC Sunday Night Football vs. Baltimore was team-record 11th make from 40 yards or longer...51-yard field goal Jan. 1 at Oakland was team-record fifth of season from 50+ yards. 2008: Season-high four field goals Sept. 28 vs. Denver. 2006: Season-long 47-yarder Nov. 5 vs. Dallas. 2005: Game-winning 39-yard field goal for Washington vs. Seattle Oct. 2.

COLLEGE: Jim Tatum Award as top ACC senior student-athlete...honorable mention All-ACC in 2004...ACC all-time leader and fifth in NCAA (393 career points) at graduation...first-team All-ACC in ’03 and ’02...school-record 125 points as soph...finished career 80 of 107 on FGs and 153 of 159 on PATs...redshirted in 2000...played at Maryland from 2001-04...degree in kinesiology.

PERSONAL: Born in San Diego...two-time all-state kicker at Albemarle High in Charlottesville, Va....won soccer prep state championship on teams with twin brother, Chris.

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