The average number of seasons a player spends in the NFL is considered to be roughly three and a half seasons; but Nick Folk, a placekicker, was in the NFL since 2007, exceeding the average length by an impressive nine years. Although he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring for his career, the length of his career in the league has been the ultimate display of talent, discipline and hard work.
Nick Folk played for four teams in the NFL, including franchise big names like Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.
Here in this article, we cover everything you need to know about him.
Nick Folk’s Biography
Nicholas Alexander Folk was born on the 5th of November, 1984 to parents Anthon and Kathryn Folk. Through his father, Nick Folk is of German descent, specifically of Bavarian origins and he has German citizenship.
None of his parents were sportsmen as his father is an accountant while his mother is a paediatrician, but having been born in Hollywood, California, he developed a taste for American football and began playing the sport in high school at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
At the high school level, Nick Folk excelled enough at the sport to be named in the All-CIF team and as a result, he was offered a football scholarship by the University of Arizona.
He played his college career at Arizona where he earned accolades like being named in the All-Pac-10, finishing his college career with an admirable record of scoring 30 out of 47 attempted field goals.
His impressive college career took his career further by getting him drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. A placekicker, Nick Folk was drafted in the sixth round as the 178th pick of the draft by the Dallas Cowboys and proceeded to spend three seasons in the team.
He started out his career in the league in admirable fashion, delivering a performance that earned him a place in the Pro Bowl as the first Cowboys rookie kicker. He continued his strong performances in the second season but failed to maintain his quality in the third season, and was eventually released by the Cowboys.
Following the end of his time with Dallas Cowboys, Nick Folk joined the New York Jets and spent a total of six seasons with the team, during which he delivered a string of exemplary seasonal performances that earned him multiple contracts while he was with the team.
After the end of his time with the New York Jets, Nick Folk was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he spent just one season for the team before he was released from the team.
Despite a tryout with the Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up being the last NFL team he played for before he joined Arizona Hotshots in Alliance of American Football, a recently established league which was founded in March 2018.
Over the course of his NFL career, Nick Folk recorded 245 field goals out of 305 attempts and 156 touchbacks.
Salary And Net Worth
Having spent fourteen seasons in the NFL, Nick Folk earned a total of $14.6 million as salary during his time in the league. His highest salary came in his fourth season for the New York Jets, when he earned $3.6 million in the year. His first salary was $393 thousand in 2007 by the Dallas Cowboys.
With his career earnings, Nick Folk has been able to build a net worth estimated at $10 million.
Nick Folk’s Wife
Nick Folk has not only experienced success as a footballer but he has also extended that success to his marital life, having been married to Julianne Folk since 2012.
Since the wedding in 2012, which was a small event that featured a fraction of their friends and family, Nick Folk and his wife have had three children, twin boys, and a lone daughter.
Although their names are unknown, Nick Folk hasn’t shied away from flaunting his beautiful children on his Instagram page.
Other Facts About The American Football Placekicker
• Through his mother, Nick Folk is a descendant of William Bradford, a Mayflower passenger, and governor of Plymouth Colony.
• His brothers, Erik and Gregory, were also sportsmen. Like Nick, Erik was a placekicker at the college level for University of Washington Huskies, while his brother, Gregory played soccer for UCLA and played up to the professional level for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
• Outside of his affinity for Football, Nick Folk is also a big fan of soccer and actively supports New York Red Bulls. He is also a member of the club’s supporters club, Viking Army.