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Joe Nedney
Nedney in October 2008
Personal Information
Born March 22 1973 (1973-03-22) (age 48)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
Year(s) 19962010
Undrafted in 1996
College San Jose State
Professional teams
Career stats
Field Goals Made 252
Field Goals Attempted 314
Field Goals % 80.3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable acheivements

Joseph Thomas Nedney (born March 22, 1973) was a placekicker in the National Football League. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Nedney played college football at San Jose State and signed as an undrafted player to the Miami Dolphins in 1996. In his career he played for the Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans, before winding up with several years with the hometown San Francisco 49ers.

High school

Nedney was born in San Jose, California and attended Santa Teresa High School. He lettered in football as a kicker/punter and basketball as a guard/forward.[1]

College career

Nedney played college football at San Jose State University, where he was a four year letterman. He graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer with 236 points, going 39-for-70 in field goal attempts (including a school record 62-yarder) and 119-of-132 extra points. He also punted as a senior, averaging 37.8 yards per punt on 70 punts. In 1998, San Jose State awarded him a degree in recreation after Nedney completed an internship at the Arizona Cardinals community relations department.[1]

Pro career

Nedney started his NFL career in 1995, bouncing around practice squads for the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins. He then joined the Dolphins full-time for the 1996 NFL season, and led the team in scoring with 89 points. The following season, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals, who he stayed with for two and a half seasons, and at one point sharing kicking duties with veteran Chris Jacke. In 1999, he was waived by the Cardinals, and then picked up by the Raiders, where he finished the season before being released. He was picked up by the Denver Broncos at the start of the 2000 NFL season to fill in for the injured Jason Elam, but was waived after three games and then signed by the Carolina Panthers. Nedney went on to join the Tennessee Titans the following year, and was their kicker for four years, until injuring his hamstring during the 2004 NFL season. During the 2002 playoffs, he was involved in a controversial running into the kicker penalty against the Steelers during overtime. Nedney had just missed a 31 yard field goal, but was given another opportunity by the penalty.[2] He made his second try, thus winning the game. After the game Nedney said, "He got a pretty good hit on me, but when I'm done playing ball I might try acting." [3]

He signed with the 49ers in March 2005, and is currently the starting kicker. Nedney went 26 for 28 in 2005, and kicked a career high 56 yard field goal against the St. Louis Rams on Christmas Eve. He was the Co-MVP for the 49ers, and quickly re-signed with the team during the offseason.

In the final game of the 1999 NFL season while Nedney was with the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs were denied a trip to the playoffs and a AFC West division title in the final game of the season when Nedney kicked a field goal in overtime, giving the division to the Seattle Seahawks instead. Coincidentally, Nedney, with the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, kicked a field goal in overtime against the Denver Broncos, knocking them from the playoff picture and giving the Chiefs the final wild-card spot in the playoffs.

On October 31, 2007 the NFL fined Nedney $7,500 for giving a fan the middle finger during the team's loss to the Saints on October 28.[4]

Nedney retired at the start of training camp in 2011, after failing his physical.


Nedney is married to Gina. They reside in Scotts Valley, California, with their daughter Gabrielle (b. June 23, 2002) and son Cade (b. March 11, 2005).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Joe Nedney. San Francisco 49ers. Retrieved on January 14, 2011.
  2. NFL Game Center: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans. Retrieved on 21 May 2011.
  3. Whitley, David. They Didn't Steal The Show, But Refs Were A Part Of It. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved on 21 May 2011.
  4. Nedney fined $7,500 for obscene gesture

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