John Carney, kicker
Many Chargers fans like to point to Nate Kaeding as the best kicker the Chargers ever had, possibly due to his accuracy, but let’s not forget about John Carney.
Carney was all over the place, playing for eight different franchises. But the one he spent the most time with by far was the Chargers. He was the team’s kicker from 1990 until the close of the 2000 season.
He was with the team in training camp during training camp in 1990 but was cut before the season started. The team chose to bring him back when the guy who initially beat him out in camp, Fuad Reveiz, missed five field goals in the first month of the season.
That proved to be the right choice as Carney made 19 of his 21 field goal attempts that season. He made the Pro Bowl in 1994 and ranks fifth on the NFL’s all-time scoring list.
But as it relates to the Chargers, his 1,076 points with the team are the most in franchise history, 158 more than second place (Tomlinson) and almost 200 more than Kaeding.
Kaeding was a more accurate kicker, to be sure, but Carney should be remembered for his production and longevity with the team. And when the game is on the line and a clutch kick is needed, give me Carney over Kaeding every time.