Nate Kaeding retires from NFL; kicker had 86.2 FG%

Veteran NFL kicker Nate Kaeding announced his retirement on Thursday.

"Over the last three years I've struggled with recurring muscle injuries in my kicking leg," Kaeding said, KCRG-TV reported. "Since January of this offseason I executed a deliberate and comprehensive training regimen devised to address these muscular deficiencies.

"However, this past week, as I began kicking again for the first time in preparation for the 2013 season, I suffered yet another injury to my right adductor. After consulting with both medical professionals and personal advisers, I've come to the conclusion that I can no longer perform at the level of consistency and durability that is required of me as an athlete in the National Football League."

Kaeding came into the league in 2004 with the San Diego Chargers. He remained with the same team until appearing in two games for the Miami Dolphins in 2012.

He made 181 of 210 field-goal attempts during his career. That 86.2 career percentage ranks fourth in NFL history.

However, he missed three field-goal attempts in the Chargers' divisional-round loss to the New York Jets on Jan. 17, 2010.

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