Goings in 2006
|Born:||January 26, 1978|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Dublin Scioto (Dublin, Ohio)|
|College:||University of Pittsburgh|
|Career NFL statistics|
Nicholas Aaron Goings (born January 26, 1978) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played his college football at The Ohio State University and The University of Pittsburgh.
Goings graduated from Dublin Scioto High School (Dublin, Ohio). Nick from finished his prep career with 5,785 yards rushing and 82 touchdowns. During his senior year he led Dublin Scioto High School to their first ever State Championship in 1995 rushing for over 2,500 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns. Following his senior year Nick was awarded the OHSAA (Ohio High School Athletic Association) Division 2 player of the year. Nick went on to become M.V.P. of Ohio's North vs South All-Star game as well as M.V.P. of the Big 33, the Ohio vs Pennsylvania All-Star game. Nick has recently been awarded a spot on the 1st team All-Time ThisWeek Football Team. (Top players from central Ohio since 1990).
Goings played his College Football at both The Ohio State University and The University of Pittsburgh. His freshman year at OSU, he had 56 yards on 12 carries before suffering a neck stinger that ended his season. Following his redshirt freshman year, he transferred to the University of Pittsburgh, and he was forced to sit out due to NCAA rules. His productivity increased with the Panthers, and finished his collegiate career with 1,185 all purpose yards (845 rushing, 4.1 ypc, 6 touchdowns)(340 yards receiving, 11.7 ypc, 2 touchdowns).
Goings signed with the Carolina Panthers as the only undrafted free agent to make the team in 2001. He utilized his versatility as a third down back and core special teams player during his career. In 2003 his role began to expand with the change in offense once Jake Delhomme took over as quarterback. He scored his first NFL touchdown against the Tennessee Titans on an eight-yard reception from Delhomme. During the 2004 NFL season, Goings went from fourth on the depth chart to starter, once Stephen Davis, DeShaun Foster, and Rod Smart all went down with injuries. Goings started the last 8 games of the season and led the team in rushing with 821 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. His 121-yard, 3 touchdown performance against the Arizona Cardinals earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. On Dec 5, he logged 122 yards and 1 touchdown on what remains a franchise-record 36 carries.
During the 8 game stint he also led the NFL with five 100-yard rushing games, and tied Davis' team record with four consecutive 100 yard games. Following the 2004 season Goings was selected to Daryl Johnston's "All Lunch Pail Crew". The next season, he moved up to the third slot on the depth chart, and thanks to his impressive 2004 season, he was used much more often in game situations and was voted a special teams Captain in 2007.
On October 24, 2007 Goings was placed on injured reserve by the Carolina Panthers after sustaining the fourth concussion of his career and suffering from the effects of post-concussion syndrome. Prior to being placed on injured reserve, Goings had played in 4 games. Goings was released by the Panthers on February 25, 2009.
Nick finished his Panthers career with 2,763 all purpose yards, 9 touchdowns, and 53 special teams tackles.