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Q&A: Nate Kaeding

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: Chargers.com

    By Casey Pearce

    <img alt="Nate Kaeding" class="left" src="http://www.bolttalk.com/images/kaeding01.jpg" /><strong>What's the biggest adjustment that a kicker has to make going from college to the NFL? </strong>

    The length of the season is challenging. In college, by November you're already thinking about the end of the season. In the NFL, things are just getting started at that time. The biggest thing for me was the 16 regular season games along with four preseason contests. If you're lucky, you also play a few playoff games.

    <strong>What's your favorite stadium to kick in?</strong>

    I always like kicking in domes. The game at Indy this year was one of my best. You just don't have to deal with the elements. The weather and the turf are always going to be the same. San Diego is pretty good, too. The winds die down and make it a pretty good place to kick.

    <strong>Your college coach, Kirk Ferentz, keeps getting mentioned for NFL head coaching jobs. Do you ever see him making the jump? How do you think he'd do?</strong>

    He said last week that he's staying put for a while, which made people in Iowa happy because he's a great coach and everyone there loves him. I think he'd do a great job in the NFL if that's something that he eventually decides to do. I know he likes it in Iowa. He's one of the best coaches I've ever been with. He's a great person and a great coach, and I think he'd be successful at whatever challenges he takes on.

    <strong>As an avid golfer, what are a couple San Diego courses you enjoy playing?</strong>

    I was a member at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista. Torrey Pines is great as well. I'm fine going wherever I can sneak myself in. All the courses are great here.
    What do people do for fun on Friday nights in Coralville, Iowa?</strong>

    There's not much going on. We had a few parties out in the bean and corn fields back in high school. There are a few movie theatres and bars to keep people entertained.

    <strong>Is the Big Ten the best conference in football?</strong>

    Definitely. In terms of history and legacy, it's the best. We play SEC teams year in and year out in bowl game sand we put it on them pretty good. WE think we're the best and I know a couple other conferences seem to think the same thing about themselves. It's hard to find a conference with the tradition and legacies like the Big Ten.
    Were there any kickers that you idolized growing up?</strong>

    I didn't really follow kickers a lot until I got into the NFL. Now I really respect Adam Vinateri. He's so fortunate to have the opportunity to kick so many huge field goals.
    What is your favorite movie?</strong>

    "A River Runs Through It" with Brad Pitt.

    <strong>If you could be anybody other than yourself for a day, who would it be?</strong>

    David Binn. He's got it made.

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