Albemarle High School alum Nick Novak has a new NFL home.
The veteran kicker signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Novak replaces Nate Kaeding, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in San Diego's season-opening win over the Vikings.
“I’m here for the rest of the season, and the goal is to win a championship. I’m going to take it one game at a time,” Nowak told the team's website on Tuesday. “My mantra has always been, ‘Just keep working and good things will happen.’ I really feel bad for Nate, but I’m here and I plan to do the best that I can for this team. I’m excited.”
Novak has spent time with six NFL teams since signing with the Redskins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. He's 19-of-30 kicking field goals in his career. He last appeared in an NFL game with the Chiefs in 2008.
Novak was also the UFL's 2010 special teams MVP after going 15-of-18 on field goals for the Florida Tuskers.
Novak, who's a native of San Diego, was a two-time all-state selection at Albemarle.