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Nedney Beats Robot in a Kicking Contest

Posted by Taylor Price on April 19, 2010 – 4:45 PM

Joe Nedney was pacing the 49ers locker room Monday morning like he was on an NFL sideline about to kick the biggest field goal of his life.

Well, he wasn’t that nervous, but you could see somewhat of an anxious look on the face of the 49ers kicker.

At the time Nedney was hours away from competing against a 340-pound robot named “Ziggy” at Kezar Stadium, all in the name of promoting the upcoming RoboGames in San Mateo.

“I had to come out and see what it’s all about,” Nedney said prior to the competition.

Nedney admittedly was nervous about the event, but felt much better once he saw the 14-inch tall robot miss a few kicks in warmups. When it was all said and done, Ziggy’s best kick came from 45-yards out. The 49ers 15-year veteran calmly responded by winning the event with a 50-yarder of his own.

“There’s still a human element to the robot. Theres’ still a team of guys trying to adjust and move it around. Even with robotics, there’s still human error involved. But it definitely legitimizes my position, I feel really good right now,” Nedney said with a smile.

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11 Responses to “Nedney Beats Robot in a Kicking Contest”

  1. By don on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    way to go Joe-Bot- Nedney

  2. By aldo on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    cool :0

  3. By rodney connors on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    very underappreciated solid part of our team good job joe

  4. By frank49er on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    nedney is a great kicker. having great kickers like Lee and Nedney are just as important as any other position on the team and dont get the appreciation they deserve.

    p.s. keep robots out of sports. lol

  5. By DOSIA510 on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply


  6. By Jesse Fricker on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    This is the exact reason why last season i repped this dude. Besides Nedney being one of the funniest guys out there and a great person.. He is still pretty damn good even with him getting up there in age !

    Way to go Joe.

    Fricker from Texas

  7. By Pete Rodriguez on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    You can Always count on Joe hes the most clutch kicker in the NFL in my eyes keep up the good work Joe!!!!!

  8. By will on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    what r the niners doing i mean come on we dont need another WR and now want a qb out of collage then why did we go after david trash carr we need an ol more than anything and yet they go after a wr and qb we lost walt harris and dry bly and yet there has been no talk about them or who is going to replace them the niners group who is doing this must be a raiders fan cuz this is why we cant win stupid people going after stupid people we dont need i mean come on we went after nate davis and david carr and then want to go after another qb we go throu every thing last year with m. crabtree and have a very good wr group but still go after people we dont need go get the positions we need now not something that might help us in 3 years come on we want to win or atleast make the playoff p.s the only reason we keep j,ryan is cuz he is black like sing. most of our games we lost we lost because of his stupid play calling i mean 4th and 1 with norris and gore in the backfeild and we pick a play action pass that gos for 40 yards come on raye is the reson for most of all the mess ups last year and yet we still have him lol way to goooo

  9. By Martin on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    The Draft is two days away and the board is filled in.I hope everyone has thought long and hard about getting the best value out of the picks the Niners have this year.There is a lot of speculation about the picks as in every draft.Many of the mach draft have us picking up Anthony Davis at 13 and Haden at 17.I for one would be pretty happy with those first round picks if that is how it turns out.

    Maybe the Niners should trade with the Skins to get that number four spot and pick what ever tackle they want.That would solidify the offensive line for years to come.We would get #4 and #17 and give them a first next year.They could get Trent Williams,Bryan Bulaga or Russel Okong.Then the secondary can be addressed by getting Haden or Kyle.If neither one of the great corners are available at 17,they should pick up Upati.There you have it ,finally addressing the Offensive line.

    2010 is looking like a great season with the acquisition of Ginn and Laboy.Keep up the good work and get the impact players we need.Do it like Eddie did it.He went out and got proven players to improve his team. Get back to our roots and the winning ways of the San Francisco 49ers.


  10. By Ryan Ott on Apr 21, 2010 | Reply

    look, Nedney is no doubt one of the best kickers i’ve ever seen. but all you people out there saying Lee and Nedney are as important to the team as anyone else, I dare you to say that to Patrick Willis’ face, or even Alex Smith’s for that matter. it’s nice to have good special teams units, but have our special teams units (the one bright spot over the last 5 or 6 years) gotten us to the playoffs? no. offense wins games. defense wins championships. special teams build momentum.

  11. By foltz007 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    nedny is the shizz.

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