Former Spartan kicker, Joe Nedney, who booted field goals for San Jose State from 1991-94, will be inducted into the San Jose State sports hall of fame during an induction ceremony September 12th!
All honorees will be recognized during the SJSU-San Diego State game the next day, September 12th. The game versus the Aztecs is slated for a 5PM start.
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 60-yarder) and 119-of-132 extra points. He also punted as a senior, averaging 37.8 yards per punt on 70 punts.
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. 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. He signed with the 49ers in March of 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. Coincidentally, Nedney, with the San Francisco 49ers in 2006, kicked a field goal in overtime against the Denver Broncos and the Chiefs gained the wild-card ticket to the playoffs.
Nedney attended Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, California. He lettered in football and basketball.
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 28th!
Now that is what we call "Sparta-Tude"!