Born March 2, 1982, Michael “Mike” Nugent is an American football player who plays as a placekicker. He played college football for Ohio State University, and twice, he was recognized as a Consensus All-American. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2005 National Football League (NFL) Draft. He has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots among others. He is currently a free agent.
Mike Nugent Bio: Age, Parents, Early Life
Mike Nugent was born on March 2, 1982 and his birth place was Centerville, Ohio, United States. His father’s name is Dan Nugent while his mother’s name is Carolyn Nugent. At his childhood, he has shown glimpses of his talents in the game of football, so when he attended Centerville High School he played as kicker and quarterback on the Elks football team.
Mike Nugent Education Details
He was teammate of linebacker A.J. Hawk on the school’s football team. Being a senior kicker, he converted on 5 out of 7 field goal attempts of greater than 50 yards (24 out of 27 altogether), kicked a 55-yard field goal twice, and was 29 out of 29 extra points attempts. He went to further his education at Ohio State University and also actively play football there. He played for coach Jim Tressel’s Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2001 to 2004. In fact, the college provide him an ideal platform to begin his career.
During his four-year career spell at the college, he broke or tied 22 school records, including most points in a career by any player in Ohio State (356). He completed 72 of 88 field goal attempts and 140 of 143 extra points attempts. Nugent was exceptional in his game and twice he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American—as a sophomore in 2002 and again as a senior in 2004. He was also part of the 2002 Ohio State Championship team. Because of his outstanding achievements, he received Lou Groza Award—an award given to the top kicker in college football—as the nation’s top college placekicker in 2004. In Buckeyes team history, he became the first placekicker to earn the most valuable player honors.
Mike Nugent Professional Career
Nugent’s professional career began in 2005 when he was drafted in the second round of 2005 National Football League (NFL) Draft by the New York Jets. He played four seasons with the team. As the 2008 NFL season began, during the opening game, Nugent sustained an injury to his thigh muscles following an extra point. In replacement of Nugent, Jets signed Jay Feely, who performed impressively in the position that he became the starter for the Jets while Nugent, on recovery, was given a place on the bench. Being an unrestricted free agent in the 2009 offseason, he penned a one-year contract on March 4 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and eventually won the job over Matt Bryant—due to his injury—in the preseason. After converting just 2 of his first 6 tries (with 2 blocked) through 4 games, the Buccaneers released Nugent on October 5. The following month (November 10), he worked out for the Baltimore Ravens but was not signed by the ravens.
On December 16, 2009, Nugent signed with the Arizona Cardinals to temporarily replace injured Neil Rackers but was waived by the Cardinals on January 2, 2010. Three months later, in April 23, 2010, he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals where he competed with Dave Rayner for the Bengals starting job throughout training camp and the preseason. Nugent finally won the competition when Rayner was released by the Bengals on September 4, 2010, after Nugent made 54-and 52-yard field goals in the team’s final two preseason games. For the month of September, he was named American Football Conference (AFC) Special Teams Player of the Month by going 8 for 8 on field goal tries in the Bengals’ first three games of the season. In 2011, Nugent set exceptional records for points and field goals; 132 and 33 respectively. He penned a year contract with the Bengals for the 2012 season, and the Bengals re-signed him to a two-year deal on March 10, 2013.
Nugent, on January 4, 2015, kicked a career-long 58-yard field goal during the AFC first-round playoff game versus Indianapolis Colts. On October 11, 2015, he made a winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in overtime in Week 5, 2015. On December 13, 2016, after missing five PAT attempts in five games, Nugent was released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Between October 24, 2017 to August 4, 2018, he has played for New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders. Recently, on October 3, 2019, Nugent signed with the New England Patriots to replace Stephen Gostkowski who was placed on injured reserve. Nugent was released on October 29, 2019 after missing two kicks in a game against the Cleveland Browns. In his four games with the Patriots, he went 5-of-8 on field goals and 15-of-16 on extra points.
Mike Nugent Net Worth
As of 2020, his estimated net worth is believed to be between $1 million and $5 million.
Is Mike Nugent Married?
Nugent is happily married to Emily Cunningham. He married his beautiful wife in 2012, and the couple haven’t given birth to any child since they got married. There has been no issue of divorce between them.