NFL kicker Nate Kaeding has decided to retire and end his career. Kaeding suffered a groin injury while kicking a few days ago and told Iowa City Press-Citizen reporter Pat Harty that he was calling it a career.
“It’s not like I can switch the way I kick, or change this way, or use a different muscle,” Kaeding said. “Especially for me, and the way I kick, that’s the main lever in the kicking motion. It’s impossible to avoid it and I’ve got these chronic issues.”
He was a two-time Pro Bowler (’06 and ’09) in his career. In college he was an All-American and two-time All Big 10 First teamer for the University of Iowa.
He converted 86.2% of his tries in his career. That makes him the second most accurate kicker in NFL history (among retired players) behind only Mike Vanderjagt (86.47%). Had he not played for the Dolphins last year, where he went 1 for 3, he would have been ahead of Vanderjagt with an even 87% completion rate.
Amongst kickers all time he is currently fourth. Two young kickers are currently ahead of him and Vanderjagt: Dan Bailey (89.71%) and Alex Henery (87.93%).