|No. 4, 6, 3|
|Born:||February 19, 1964|
Columbia, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Charlotte Country Day|
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
|College:||North Carolina State|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Awards||1994 Featherlite Southwest Tour Rookie of the Year|
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|3 races run over 1 year|
|Best finish||61st (2002)|
|First race||2002 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)|
|Last race||2002 Ford 200 (Homestead)|
|Statistics current as of February 13, 2012.|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
James Michael Cofer (born February 19, 1964) is a former professional American football player who attended Charlotte Country Day School. A 6'2", 197 lb (89 kg) placekicker from North Carolina State University, Cofer kicked in the National Football League for eight seasons from 1987–1993 and 1995. In the 1990s and 2002, he was also a stock car racing driver in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Cofer was the kicker for the San Francisco 49ers when they won back-to-back Super Bowls — Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV.
Cofer had a strong leg but was inconsistent for the 49ers in the late 1980s. Fans lost faith in him early in the 1990s as he missed several short field goals, the lowest point being in 1991 where he made just 14 of 28 attempts. Cofer eventually ended his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1995.
In 1993, Cofer began racing in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour, running a race at Sears Point Raceway and finishing 39th after an oil pump failed. The following year, he began racing full-time in the series for JMC Enterprises, driving the No. 79 Chevrolet. Four races into the season, he won his first career race from the pole position at Stockton 99 Speedway, leading all 100 laps. He won two more poles at Saugus Speedway and Tucson Raceway Park, finishing fifth in the final points standings and winning the series' Rookie of the Year Award.
In 1995, he was offered an invitation to compete in the newly formed SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman, but turned it down to take the job as kickers coach with the Carolina Panthers. In 2002, Cofer ran three races in the Truck Series starting at Indianapolis Raceway Park, driving the No. 04 Ford F-150 for Quality Motorsports and finishing 33rd after his radiator failed. He ran another for the team at Phoenix International Raceway, starting 30th and finishing 21st, his best runs of the season. Cofer later joined Ware Racing Enterprises for the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the No. 5 Dodge Ram. After starting last, he finished 26th, the last car running.
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
|Ware Racing Enterprises||5||Dodge||HOM|