John Carney is a former NFL kicker who played in the league for 20+ seasons. He spent 75% of his career on the San Diego Chargers (currently known as the Los Angeles Chargers) and the New Orleans Saints. His last name was also stitched on jerseys for the following teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Giants. In 1994 he was selected to the Pro Bowl with the Chargers, and 14 years later with the Giants in 2008. The Simple Kicking podcast has had echoes of wisdom throughout the various episodes. This conversation is a direct shot from the source of many of those nuggets.
This episode covers stories from Carney’s career, both playing and coaching. He covers Thomas Morstead’s epic onside kick from Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, how Carney made his way to the University of Notre Dame football team from Caridnal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, and what makes the great kickers and punters tick.
Currently, Carney mentors thousands of kickers, punters, and long snappers through the Carney Training facility in Carlsbad, California.
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The author of an historic career, John was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, and he is the all time leading scorer for the San Diego Chargers. He is transfusing his experience to kickers spanning a wide range; active-NFL kickers, punters & long snappers, NFL free agents, college kickers, high school kickers, and others. Here is a list of the names that Carney has seen or worked with before:
Shayne Graham* – Kicker (Current Special Teams Coach at the University of Florida, Cincinnati Bengals, Virginia Tech University)
Nick Novak (University of Maryland, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans)
Steve Weatherford (University of Illinois, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, New York Giants)
Ty Long (University of Alabama-Birmingham, Los Angeles Chargers)
Thomas Morstead (Southern Methodist University “SMU”, New Orleans Saints)
Younghoe Koo (Georgia Southern, Atlanta Falcons)
Matt Darr (University of Tennessee, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills)
Colton Schmidt (UC Davis, Buffalo Bills)
Nick Folk (University of Arizona, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots)
Blair Walsh (University of Georgia, Minnesota Vikings)
Matt Wile (University of Michigan, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings)