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Kentucky Marine trying to make it as a college football kicker

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for Kentucky Marine trying to make it as a college football kicker

  1. Dave
    12:20 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    He is not a retired Marine. He would had to have served 20 years to retire.

    Semper Fi!

  2. JoeMoney333
    12:24 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bring him on! let me him play for the spot, would be really cool!

  3. Bleaker
    12:25 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Would be good PR. Transfer to UK and walk on?

  4. The Real Gabe Dadi
    12:26 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone would be better than that joke of a kicker Craig Macintosh. Dude was/is garbage!

  5. heyyyy
    12:40 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    1) Honorably discharged Marine. Cut Tyler some slack jeez.

  6. Joe
    12:43 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Dave, don’t you mean a “Civilian Marine/Non-serving Marine”?

  7. Jon Lock
    12:44 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Sign him up. Not-So-Auto Macintosh fell apart last season, and from this video it looks like this guy can easily take the job from him.

  8. Joe
    12:49 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Craig was a senior, so there’s no issues on “taking” the job. If this guy has anything approaching the right stuff, give him a shot. UK could use some positive press on football!

  9. Ridge Runner
    12:50 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Great stuff. Here’s one sane person who knows what he wants to do. lol

  10. Talent Scout
    12:53 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yay football during basketball season! Can’t wait to start basketball next summer when we are 0-3.

  11. Keep Rock
    12:56 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Man had enuff balls to fight for his country and looks to have some talent. Bring him on the GI bill should pay his way. If he’s like other Marines I know he wouldn’t do it if he did think he was capable of getting the job done. Respect the men and women who have gave of their selves for us.

  12. Ukalum
    12:56 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    If he can actually hit 50 Yarders then he deserves a walk-on spot at least. His dream is to hit a game winning field goal.

  13. Keep Rock
    1:01 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #8) I should’ve said that if he’s good enuff. I’m sure he wouldn’t want anything given to him. Most Marines earn everything they get and I’m sure this guy is no different. So if he is good enuff it’s a no brainier. If he isnt good enuff and we let him on for PR it would be a huge mistake. I’m sure that is how this marine would want it to be.

  14. Grammar King
    1:09 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I actually went to high school with this guy and played soccer with him at Woodford County. Cool to see he’s trying to create a second incarnation of his athletic care. Thank you for this story; thank you, Nathan, for your service.

  15. OldSchool
    1:19 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Whether UK lets him on the team or not it will be John Calipari’s fault!! He’s ruining this university, more like the Kentucky defect to me!! Stop the belly aching all you you youngins are doing!! In my day we didn’t have computers or all these new fangled hand held cellular devices to take mirror pics with or make duck faces with your best friends and throw up dueces! Also Cal’s fault!

  16. Irony
    1:21 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    14 – Grammar King, huh? Maybe, but not Spelling King.

    Good luck to Nathan and thanks for the service. He looks to labor a bit on his form but it’s the results that matter. Way cooler than a few years ago when Texas (Tech or A&M?) had the frat guy join the team and kick FGs.

  17. Hicks
    1:27 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    One of the most standup guys I’ve ever known, just like his dad.

  18. Honky Kong
    1:32 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Go get him Stoops !!

  19. MemphisCat
    1:37 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I know he could play D-II, Southern Arkansas University could have used him this year, they went 9-3 and lost all 3 games because of the kicking game, a good kicker and they would have been 12-0 and played for the D-II Championship. Plus I’m sure he has the GI Bill and the school wouldn’t have to give him a lot of money. It would be a win-win, if he can kick under pressure.

  20. RobbieH
    1:45 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    From a US Navy veteran and someone who played football for 13 years and coached for 20 years, it would not hurt to give this honorable man the same shot anyone else would get. Also you are never an X-Marine. Once a Marine always a Marine. Semper Fi!

  21. JR
    1:49 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Nathan is one of the most stand up, humble, solid guys you will ever meet. He will make it and won’t be surprised to see him contributing to the kicking game at a D-I school in 2013. Great story….

  22. woodford woman
    1:54 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    He’s a great guy with a great family… awesome video… he’s fellow Woodford Countian who only deserves the best. Hope to see his dreams come true!

  23. Keep Coach Rock
    2:02 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if he will go to Georgetown. They used to be one of the best teams in that division of college football. Hopefully UK or UL works out for him but if it doesn’t looks like Georgetown College would be a great fit.

  24. red headed step child
    2:03 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this guy gets a chance. Thanks to men & women like him. Their service should be rewarded. If he already attended UK, its a no brainer to at least have stoops look at him. We would be lucky to get him and his leadership on the football team would be immeasurable.

  25. Give him a shot
    2:12 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    What a great influence a 28 year old veteran would be in the locker room. This guy has faced worse than opposing crowds booing, hope he gets a shot and can do it when it matters!

  26. WildcatRider
    2:25 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Am I missing something? NCAA eligibility is not related to how long you have been in college right? It is how long you actually play sports? Maybe I am wrong

  27. Catlanta1
    5:21 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome. Much respect for him and his dad. WCHS ’97.

  28. Jerk
    5:45 pm December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Man I am so sick of freakin football. What is the hope of this program anyway. They can’t ever win the SEC. What’s the point of all this crapp, must need to try and fill a void somewhere. I just wish I didn’t have to look at this site and see all this football crapp. It’s basketball season people. You would think we lived in Alabama or florida or tennesee or one of the other football schools, get real people!