THIS IS EPISODE 145 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
John Carney kicked in the NFL for 23 years from 1988 to 2010. A graduate of Notre Dame, he began his kicking journey in 1987 with the Cincinnati Bengals, before getting released prior to the start of the season. He saw his first official NFL game action the next year with Tampa.
In 1990, he signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers, where he would remain for 11 seasons. After Carney’s time was up with the Chargers, he would go on to play six seasons with the Saints (2001-06) and then finish his career with Jacksonville, the New York Giants and back with the Saints before retiring in 2010.
He’s currently fifth all-time on the NFL career scoring list (2,044 points) and was the last remaining player from the 1980s still active in professional football.
On this episode of the podcast, Carney shares when his kicking journey began, whether he could still kick for an NFL team today at the age of 54, how his faith in Christ took shape, kicking at Notre Dame, and embracing his role today as a mentor to the next generation.
For more on Carney, check out his work with kickers and punters at CarneyCoaching.com.
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