Let’s take a break from this very slow news day for a story that proves you’re never too old to chase your dreams.
Nathan Noble, a retired Marine sergeant from Versailles, Kentucky, has made it his mission to become a college football kicker. At 28 years old, Noble has served two tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He returned to the States five years ago and started taking classes at UK in 2009. To help readjust back to civilian life, Noble got back into soccer, which he played growing up and in high school. After helping a friend coach their middle school soccer team, Noble took an assistant coaching job for the Georgetown College soccer team, a position he still holds.
While helping out with the team, Noble rediscovered his love for the game, namely kicking. A goalkeeper in high school, Noble was known for his strong leg, which his former high school coach Willie Wilson called the strongest he had ever seen. During a Georgetown soccer practice, one of Noble’s fellow coaching assistants asked him to kick a football to see how far it would go. It went fifty yards.
Now, with one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, Noble is trying to find a place on a college football roster. Every morning, he trains and is working on putting together a highlight reel to send to college coaches.
“I’m still dumb enough,” he said, “to think that maybe I can go hit a game-winning field goal somewhere someday.”
Read more of Noble’s story here.