Kicker John Carney is the active career point scoring leader in the NFL. At the age of 44, it wasn’t 100% a sure thing that he would be coming back for another season. Carney is most famous for the 11 seasons he spent with the Chargers, but he also then kicked six seasons for the Saints. He spent 2007 on the roster of two teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs. He then spent part of the 2008 season with the New York Giants.
A few facts about John Carney:
-Although he is the NFL’s scoring leader at the current moment with 1,955 points, he is only 11 points ahead of longtime Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover.
-John Carney is ranked fourth all-time in scoring behind George Blanda, Gary Anderson, and the all time scoring leader in the NFL, Morten Andersen.
-2009 will be John Carney’s 22nd season in the NFL. Not too bad for a guy who ended up not getting drafted out of college (he went to Notre Dame).
-At the age of 44, John Carney was the oldest active player in the NFL during the 2008 season, and will be the oldest active player during the 2009 season as well.
-John Carney started his career wearing jersey #4 in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then switched to #3 the next season and wore that number with every team he played with through 2007. When he joined the New York Giants in 2008, he switched to #5. In 1990, for a one-game stint with the Los Angeles Rams, John Carney wore #18.
-During the 1993 season with the San Diego Chargers, John Carney doubled briefly as the punter and punted the ball four times for 155 yards.
-John Carney has no touchdowns and has run the ball just two times in his first 22 years in the league. Both rushing attempts came as a member of the New Orleans Saints, and they include a run of negative one yard and a run of three yards.
-John Carney made the Pro Bowl in 1994 which was the only season he led the league in field goals made. He wouldn’t make the Pro Bowl again for 14 years, when he did so as a member of the New York Giants in 2008.
-The all time scoring leader for the San Diego Chargers is John Carney, who scored 1,076 points while with the team.
Here’s to another great year for a great player… John Carney.