Nathan Hodel was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 10, 2009 ... Originally signed by the Carolina Panthers as a rookie free agent on April 27, 2001 ... Waived by the Panthers (9/2/01) ... Signed to the Panthers practice squad (9/4/01) ... Released from the Panthers practice squad (10/24/01) ... Signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad (10/26/01) ... Signed to the Cardinals' active roster (12/26/01) ... Re-signed by the Cardinals (3/26/04) ... Re-signed by the Cardinals (3/12/08) ... Released by the Cardinals (2/26/09).
GP/GS (Playoffs): 112/0 (4/0)
- Hodel joins the Patriots in 2009 as a veteran of seven NFL seasons, all with the Arizona Cardinals (2002-08).
- Hodel handled the Cardinals' long snapping duties in every game from 2002-08, playing in 112 consecutive contests.
- In 2005, Hodel served as the long snapper on each one of Neil Rackers' NFL-record 40 successful field goals. That season, Rackers made 95.2 percent of his kicks (40-for- 42) and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
- Hodel served as the long snapper when Neil Rackers tied an NFL record with three field goals of 50 yards or longer on Oct. 24, 2004.
2008 (16/0, 4/0 - Arizona): Handled the long snapping duties in all 16 regular season games and all four playoff games for the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals ... Was perfect on all of his long snapping chances ... Handled long snapping duties for Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.
2007 (16/0 - Arizona): Continued his streak of not missing a long snap for all 16 games of the 2007 season ... Registered one special teams tackle at Tampa Bay (11/4) ... Played in his 90th career game at Cincinnati (11/18) ... Snapped on Neil Rackers' game winning 31-yard field goal vs. Atlanta (12/23).
2006 (16/0 - Arizona): Handled all long-snapping duties for the fifth straight season in Arizona ... Was perfect on all of his snaps ... Collected five special teams tackles on the year ... Had one special teams tackle in three games - at Seattle (9/17), vs. Kansas City (10/8) and vs. Chicago (10/16) ... Collected two special teams tackles at Oakland (10/22).
2005 (16/0 - Arizona): Again appeared in all 16 games ... Was perfect on all of his snaps ... Recorded one special teams tackle vs. St. Louis (9/18) ... Snapped for four field goals, including two of 50 or more yards at Seattle (9/25) ... Snapped on all six of Neil Rackers' field goals in Mexico City vs. San Francisco (10/2) as Rackers broke the team record for consecutive field goals making his 16th straight boot ... Snapped on all 40 of Rackers' NFL record-setting field goals in 2005.
2004 (16/0 - Arizona): Handled the long snapping duties for all 16 Cardinals games in 2004 ... Was perfect on all of his snaps ... Successfully long snapped for two successful field goals from beyond 50-yards (51, 52) vs. New England (9/19) ... Snapped for three 50-plus yard field goals vs. Seattle (10/24), as Rackers connected on three attempts from 50 yards or further (55, 55, 50) ... Recorded six special teams tackles.
2003 (16/0 - Arizona): Suffered a shoulder injury in the final preseason game but still managed to deliver in every snap in every game ... Added four solo tackles and three assists on coverage units, including two solo tackles on the punting unit in season-ending 18-17 win vs. Minnesota (12/28).
2002 (16/0 - Arizona): Handled all long snapping duties in his first season as the Cardinals' long snapper ... Was perfect on all of his snaps ... Made his NFL debut at Washington (9/8) ... Recorded solo tackles on puntcoverage units at Washington (9/8), vs. N.Y. Giants (9/29), at Carolina (10/6) and vs. Oakland (11/24).
2001 (0/0 - Arizona): Attended 2001 training camp with Carolina Panthers and spent six games on the Panthers' practice squad before being released (10/24) ... Signed to the Cardinals' practice squad two days later (10/26) ... Spent nine games on the Cardinals' practice squad ... Signed to the Cardinals' 53-man roster (12/21) and was declared inactive for Arizona's final two games.
Former walk-on at Illinois handled long-snapping duties for four seasons (1997-2000) ... Played in all 11 games for the Illini in 2000 and snapped for a perfect 38-of-38 on extra point attempts and snapped for 11 field goal attempts while recording nine special teams tackles ... In 1999, served as long snapper for both field goal and extra point units, as well as punts ... Handled long snapping duties for punt and field goal teams in 1998 ... Handled 71 punt and 26 field goal/ point-after-touchdown snaps during the season ... Made five tackles, including four solos, on punt coverage team ... Walk-on earned a varsity letter in 1997 after winning field goal long-snapping duties during the fourth week of the regular season.
Nathan William Hodel was born the son of Ron and Teresa Hodel on Nov. 12, 1977 ... Lettered in football and baseball at Belleville (Ill.) East High School ... Team captain and earned all-conference honors as offensive lineman in football and pitcher in baseball ... All-Illinois prep baseball pitcher also hurled for the Illinois baseball squad ... Attended the University of Illinois after becoming a die-hard Illini fan at the age of five years old ... Enjoys graphic design as a hobby ... Nathan and former Cardinals teammate Neil Rackers held a charity golf tournament in Arizona in the spring of 2008 to raise money for a local family in need ... Nathan and his wife Kim have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Miller ... Earned his Bachelor's degree in communications from Illinois ... Completed his master's degree in business administration in May 2003.
- Nathan earned a Master's of Business Administration in sports marketing from the University of Illinois in 2003.
- Nathan is an avid photographer, and hopes to one day pursue a post-football career in photography. He also holds a strong interest in graphic design.
2007: Played in 16 games ... had an ankle injury in final game of the season.
2006: Has not missed a game or a long snap for the Cardinals in five seasons.
2005: Again appeared in all 16 games … recorded one special teams tackle vs. StL (9/18) … snapped on all 40 of Rackers NFL record setting field goals in 2005.
2004: Handled the long snapping duties for all 16 Cardinals games of 2004.
2003: Suffered separated shoulder in final preseason game @ Min (8/28) but still managed to deliver in every game.
2002: Handled all long-snapping duties.
2001: Attended 2001 training camp with Carolina Panthers … spent six games on Panthers practice squad before release 10/24 … signed by Cardinals two days later … spent next nine games on practice squad … elevated to 53-man roster for final two games but declared inactive.